Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush join same Florida golf club
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Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush join same Florida golf club

There may not be much bipartisanship going on in Washington these days -- or for the last 25 years, for that matter -- but a pair of former Commanders-in-Chief have come together to the point that they now share a country club.

Both Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have accepted membership at Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City, Fla. And who confirmed that story? The club's owner Jim Crane, who also owns the World Series champion Houston Astros.

"[Obama is] a new member and so is George W. [Bush], so I'm very neutral on the politics, so don't get me one way or the other," Crane said in shared by KRIV-TV reporter Mark Berman. "We invited 43 when he came here to throw out the first pitch [for Game 5 of the 2017 World Series], and then we invited Obama. So we've got both sides of the political spectrum covered."

As far as we know, this is President Obama's third country club membership he has obtained since leaving office in 2017. He's reportedly become a member of both Robert Trent Jones Golf Club and Columbia Country Club, which are both within a modest drive from the Obamas' Northwest D.C. home. Nothing wrong with having a winter club. Obama reportedly played at the Floridian, as it's know, with Tiger Woods, Crane and Michael Jordan while current President Donald Trump was an hour's drive south over the Martin Luther King Day weekend.

Bush, Obama and Bill Clinton were all on-hand at the Presidents Cup in September at Liberty National in New Jersey, and the trio has formed quite a potent relationship over the years. They have teamed up on a variety of causes, including with former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush to help raise money for victims of 2017 hurricanes.

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