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Japanese Prime Minister Abe Gifts Obama With A Putter

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented President Barack Obama with a golf putter made by a Japanese manufacturer Yamagata during their meeting Friday at the White House, a government official said.

In 1957, Abe’s grandfather, the late Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, and then U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower forged a deep personal relationship by playing golf together after their first meeting in Washington.

When Abe related the tale to Obama, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, who also attended the meeting, asked the prime minister whether his grandfather or Eisenhower had carded the better score. “It’s a state secret,” Abe replied, drawing laughter from the participants, according to the official.

It’s not clear whether Abe asked to play a round with Obama, although now wouldn’t be the best time to play the US President who had a lesson with Butch Harmon last weekend and hit the links in Florida with Tiger Woods.