According to Fred Barnes, instead of using his meetings with congressional leaders to craft a plan to solve the national debt crisis, the president has been lecturing Republicans:
In the private talks, he’s dominated the discussion with the eight most senior members of Congress in an overbearing way not likely to lead to compromise. He’s been argumentative. He’s come across as President Blowhard.
After [Gene B.] Sperling [Director of the National Economic Council and Assistant to the President] briefed the group on the deficit cap proposal, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi addressed another subject. When a Republican participant criticized the deficit cap, Obama interrupted with a monologue. When the Republican tried to speak a second time, the president quickly cut him off and delivered another sermon on why the criticism was wrong.
Obama has taken the tack that he must respond to everything that’s said, whether by a Republican, a Democrat, or even Biden. And his responses, like those in his press conferences, are never brief. But who’s going to complain about Obama’s verbosity, at least in his presence? He’s the president.
As if the issue were Obama’s “honor” not what he once called “our Government’s reckless fiscal policies“.