Peyton Manning was photographed playing golf with President Donald Trump last month, and many fans wondered exactly what that meant.
Leave it to late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel to get the scoop on the meeting between the legendary quarterback and the leader of the free world. Manning made an appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night, and the topic of golf with the President came up.
“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,” Manning said. “It was a fantastic experience. We rode in the motorcade over [to the course] and I never felt safer playing golf.”
In true Manning form, the Vols legend was very diplomatic in describing his decision to golf with a political leader in what has become a somewhat divisive political climate, indicating that party affiliation had nothing to do with his decision to hit the links.
“I’ve had a chance to play with President Bush before,” he said. “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 have said no.”
You can see the entire clip of the exchange with Kimmel here:
And in case you missed it, here are the shots of Manning with Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in June:
Peyton Manning & Sen. Bob Corker of Tenn. depart the W.H. after President Trump returns from a 4.5 hour outing at Trump National Golf Club. pic.twitter.com/TeWn6KjsqO
— Al Drago (@Al_Drago) June 4, 2017
Friend took this. Trump, in full golf attire, dining with Peyton Manning and Corker after a round of golf in VA today.
His 23rd golf visit. pic.twitter.com/7QJoBaxMp8
— #UnapologeticBitch (@isabellegirlxo) June 4, 2017