Although the president may not, as Michael Barone reports, listen to Republican politicians or “Democratic members of Congress”, “there is one group of people” he has had “to listen to:”
the people who give him large sums of money. He recently attended his 150th fundraiser. That’s more than the number attended by the last four presidents put together.
Obama has seen enough Architectural Digest-type interiors in Park Avenue triplexes and Beverly Hills mansions, and on the block in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, where every house is owned by a billionaire, to develop an expertise in Louis XV walnut commodes and Brunschwig & Fils fabrics.
He’s also had plenty of chances to absorb the advice of the kind of rich liberals who like to give money to Democratic presidents.
Despite the amount of time the Democrat has spent with rich liberals, his campaign has argued, as Jennifer Rubin wrote yesterday, “that Romney’s lifestyle and wealth make him out of touch with ordinary Americans,” noting that this is “an argument that liberal icons like JFK and FDR would never worry about. Romney in turn says Obama is so ideologically cloistered . . . .”
Ideologically cloistered. Indeed. No wonder Obama has yet to grasp the failure of his policies. And refuses to acknowledge his own responsibility for the nation’s growing federal debt.