Originally Posted by MiddleAgedAl
It's not just his enemies who are suggesting he is not jumping into the demanding role of POTUS as much as he needs to (which of course you would expect), it folks on his own team:
"Some of the president's frustrated allies have complained that a seeming reluctance to build relationships with more members of Congress and Washington insiders has made it difficult for him to get business done."
"the current president "is not going to become this great transactional politician," like Clinton.
"Bill Clinton was imbalanced. He would spend the hours between 6:00 and 9:00 (p.m.) talking to people in Congress," Maraniss said. "Whereas President Obama is basically with his family during those hours, which is sort of a balanced thing to do but not necessarily good for a president."
Guess what, the weight of 300 million people means the job will be imbalanced. If you wanna be dad of the year, great, but that means that POTUS is not the role for you.
Wow. I never encountered a member so motivated to find an argument out of EVERYTHING he can find a link to. You're all over the place. You think Obama spending his very limited free time with his growing daughters is less important than schmoozing with Washington deal-makers? Even the word, schmoozing
, as the title of your CNN article states, suggests the relatively unimportance of these after-hours events Obama turns down. Obama even made clear these are social engagements he believes comes second to his family. But that doesn't mean Obama has never attended them. If the situation was reversed, I'm sure you'll be whining that he neglects his family, too. We know Obama's critics are working non-stop to find a chink in his Armour. That's their job.
"...but that means that POTUS is not the role for you.." Oh, shuddup!