Prime Minister John Key has revealed that US President
Barack Obama approached him for their well-publicised game of
"He approached me in the latter part of last year and said
did I want to play, and did [Mr Key's son] Max play and was
he keen to come along," Mr Key told RadioLive this morning.
"Obviously, privately, I was excited by the concept of it and
thought it would be fantastic if it happened but I'm also
conscious of the fact he's the leader of the free world."
Photos emerged early this month of Mr Key and Max playing a
round with Mr Obama and a presidential aide while both
families holidayed in Hawaii.
Until now, Mr Key has not spoken about what was discussed on
the golf course, or even who won.
But Max, 18, posted a photo of himself with Mr Obama on
Facebook with the comment: "Cheers for the round Mr
What's it like playing golf with the most powerful man in the
"It was like being on the golf course with a couple of
mates," Mr Key said today.
"There was a lot of laughs, a lot of fun, five hours of
discussion - which was everything from family and social
right through to obviously business matters. But it was a
unique and great opportunity for us."
As for who won, Mr Key diplomatically said that he and Mr
Obama were on the same team.
"He played really well, I can say that."
The golf outing put Mr Key in rare company. Mr Obama is an
avid golfer but prefers to limit his playing partners to a
close circle of friends and advisers.
Among those who have also scored invitations to play with Mr
Obama in the past are former President Bill Clinton and House
Speaker John Boehner.