President Obama was reluctant to play a game of golf with Republican Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner because he did not want to lose, according to a new book by Politico’s Glenn Thrush.

Thrush writes that Obama was reluctant to play golf with Boehner, because he knew Boehner would beat him.

“He didn’t want Boehner kicking his ass,” Thrush writes.

The famous “golf summit” between the two politicians took place in June 2011.

But instead of playing against each other, Obama teamed up with Boehner and played against Vice President Biden and Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich.

The new e-book, “Obama’s Last Stand: POLITICO Playbook 2012″ was released today.