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Peyton Manning on Golfing with Donald Trump

September 15, 2019


[ LAUGHTER ] [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: YOU HAVE TO RESPECT IT.>>I LIKE THE DIEHARDS.>>Jimmy: YOU PLAYED GOLF. WHEN DID YOU PLAY GOLF WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP?>>THAT WAS JUST ABOUT A MONTH AGO.>>Jimmy: HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?>>I WAS IN TOWN IN D.C. FOR A BANQUET. I WAS RECEIVING A VERY NICE AWARD IN A FORD’S THEATER CALLED THE LINCOLN MEDAL. SO I WAS IN TOWN, AND THE PRESIDENT AND A LOT OF THE POLITICIANS WERE GOING TO BE AT THE BANQUET. SO THEY KNEW I WAS IN TOWN, AND THE WHITE HOUSE CALLED AND SAID HEY, THE PRESIDENT WOULD LIKE TO PLAY GOLF WITH YOU ON SUNDAY. ARE YOU AVAILABLE? AND I’VE GOT TO TELL YOU, JIMMY, I HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE TELL ME NOT TO DO IT.>>Jimmy: WHO TOLD YOU NOT TO DO IT?>>JUST — YOU DID. AND — [ LAUGHTER ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] BUT TO ME NO MATTER WHAT YOUR BELIEFS ARE, I HEARD ARNOLD PALMER SAY ONE TIME, IF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES EVER ASKS YOU TO PLAY GOLF YOU DO IT. IT’S A NO-BRAINER. AND IT WAS A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE. RODE IN THE MOTORCADE OVER THERE. AND I’VE NEVER FELT SAFER PLAYING GOLF. RIGHT? [ LAUGHTER ] 30 GOLF CARTS BEHIND US.>>Jimmy: BECAUSE USUALLY GOLF COURSES ARE VERY DANGEROUS PLACES.>>THEY ARE. [ LAUGHTER ] SO I FELT SAFE. BUT HE WAS A GREAT HOST. HE LOVES SPORTS. AND WE PASSED THROUGH A NUMBER OF GROUPS. HE WAS VERY GRACIOUS. HE TOOK A PICTURE WITH THE GROUPS THAT WE PASSED THROUGH. AND SO I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO PLAY WITH PRESIDENT BUSH BEFORE. IF PRESIDENT OBAMA OR PRESIDENT CLINTON ASKED ME I’D BE THERE IN A HEARTBEAT. IT WAS JUST THE EXPERIENCE OF PLAYING WITH THE OFFICE THAT WAS PRETTY COOL TO ME. AND I THINK IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALMOST UN-AMERICAN TO SAY NO.>>Jimmy: DID HE CHEAT — DID HE CHEAT WHEN YOU PLAYED?>>NO.>>Jimmy: SAM JACKSON WAS HERE. HE SAID HE CHEATS.>>I COUNTED HIS STROKES. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WOULD YOU HAVE CALLED HIM OUT IF YOU DETERMINED THAT HE WAS INDEED CHEATING?>>I THINK I WOULD HAVE. I WOULD HAVE. YEAH.>>Jimmy: OKAY. GOOD.>>HE PLAYED HONEST. AND HE GIVES A LOT OF PUTTS NOW. HE WILL GIVE YOU A LOT OF PUTTS. HE EXPECTS THOSE TO BE RECIPROCATED.>>Jimmy: I SEE. DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO LET HIM WIN?>>WE WERE ON THE SAME TEAM, AND WE WON. IT WAS A SBRBIG VICTORY. I FELT THE PRESSURE. I WANTED TO DO MY JOB TO HELP US WIN. SO IT WORKED OUT.>>Jimmy: YOU HELPED ELEVATE THE PRESIDENT’S MOOD. WHO KNOWS? YOU

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