October 8, 2011

WHICH REMINDS US OF AN OLD SAYING...:

Obama, the loner president (Scott Wilson, 10/07/11, Washington Post)

Beyond the economy, the wars and the polls, President Obama has a problem: people.

This president endures with little joy the small talk and back-slapping of retail politics, rarely spends more than a few minutes on a rope line, refuses to coddle even his biggest donors. His relationship with Democrats on Capitol Hill is frosty, to be generous. Personal lobbying on behalf of legislation? He prefers to leave that to Vice President Biden, an old-school political charmer.

Obama's circle of close advisers is as small as the cluster of personal friends that predates his presidency. There is no entourage, no Friends of Barack to explain or defend a politician who has confounded many supporters with his cool personality and penchant for compromise.

Obama is, in short, a political loner who prefers policy over the people who make politics in this country work.

"He likes politics," said a Washington veteran who supports Obama, "but like a campaign manager likes politics, not a candidate." The former draws energy from science and strategy, the latter from contact with people.

Which raises an odd question: Is it possible to be America's most popular politician and not be very good at American politics?

...liberals love everyone in the abstract but dislike them in the particular while conservatives dislike everyone in the abstract but love them in the particular.

On its face, it's sort of odd that the UR emulates Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter in this regard, but, on the other hand, they were the presidents of his formative years and he does govern like a figure out of the wretched 70s. 

Posted by at October 8, 2011 11:07 AM
  

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