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It seems Obama is quickly losing favor across the United States, even with those closest to him. The New York Times published two pieces this week claiming the President’s circle of friends is shrinking. His solitary nature isn’t winning any points with anyone.
Howard Kurtz analyzes the hidden meaning behind the public’s criticism of Obama’s apparent obsession with golf and vacations rather than performing the job he was elected for.
“The criticism of Barack Obama for playing golf or being at Martha’s Vineyard is really just the tip of the iceberg,” Kurtz said. “It’s really a kind of code. What critics are really saying here… is that he’s disengaged, is that he would rather be enjoying himself than taking on the tough tasks of managing the presidency. Now this comes up every time there’s a crisis.
“The New York Times, a newspaper that ordinarily you would say might be somewhat sympathetic to Barack Obama,” Kurtz continued, “has really hit him hard this week over being disengaged – or perhaps another way of putting it is ‘isolated.’
“Now Barack Obama was not the kind of guy to work the room, slap backs. He almost doesn’t seem to enjoy the give and take, the rough and tumble of politics. Unfortunately, that’s how things get done in Washington. You build allies and you build bridges to your adversaries, and you try to build a working consensus.”
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Via Fox News:
I’ve been saying for a year now that the president’s liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on. At this point they’re basically Waiting for Hillary.
What is striking now is a growing sense, fairly or unfairly, that Obama is not capable of rising to the occasion, that he just doesn’t like politics, that he’s disengaged, that despite his soaring rhetoric in 2008 he has a passion deficit.
All the criticism about him playing golf and being at Martha’s Vineyard is kind of a code for his supposedly being unplugged from the job.
The Times news article begins with a narrative about the President, Harry Reid, and Mitch McConnell. Reid protested that the GOP “were spitefully blocking the confirmation of dozens of Mr. Obama’s nominees to serve as ambassadors,” as the article explains. Reid hoped Obama would take his side against McConnell, the Republican leader; yet he was painfully wrong.
“Mr. Obama quickly dismissed the matter. ‘You and Mitch work it out,’ Mr. Obama said coolly, cutting off any discussion. Mr. Reid seethed quietly for the rest of the meeting.”
Wow. And the nut graph: “Nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching up to him.
“In interviews, nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers and senior congressional aides suggested that Mr. Obama’s approach has left him with few loyalists to effectively manage the issues erupting abroad and at home and could imperil his efforts to leave a legacy in his final stretch in office.”
Sounds like a dysfunctional marriage. And what is noteworthy is the number of Democrats quoted on the record as trying to diplomatically discuss the problem.
Claire McCaskill: “For him, eating his spinach is schmoozing with elected officials.”
Joe Manchin, asked to describe his relationship with Obama: “It’s fairly nonexistent. There’s not much of a relationship.” And: “Some Democrats say, they have just learned to accept the president’s solitary nature and move on.”
With the President’s popularity quickly dwindling, one might wonder what his last two years will look like. Will he recover his damaged friendships? Or will he ignore the issue?