Taking note of the 2008 candidate of Hope and Change recent comment* “you can’t change Washington from the inside” and “can only change it from the outside”, the American Thinker’s Clarice Feldman finds “plenty of evidence that his passive aggression is behind much of his failure in office“:
How else to explain things like turning over his signature legislation, Obamacare, to Reid and Pelosi, refusing to meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu in favor or a joke fest on Letterman where he claims not to even know the extent of the national debt? Going off to a fundraiser in Vegas as our embassies burn and a dead or dying Ambassador is being hauled through the streets of Benghazi?
It wasn’t just Obamacare. Congressional Democrats wrote the other big bills that passed Congress in the first two years of Obama’s term, i.e., the “stimulus” and the Dodd-Frank banking regulation bill. “He is”, she adds, “resisting our demands that he adequately perform the job of the Chief Executive, dodging all responsibility, blaming others for his failures. In short, he is intentionally refusing to perform his job.”
In a similar vein, Michael Barone find that the president’s “comfort zone is campaigning, not governing“. That sage pundit also begins with Obama’s comments on Univision about his failure to change Washington from the inside and cites particularly the Democrat’s failure to lead on immigration reform, an issue discussed in the Univision interview:
One case in point is the comprehensive immigration legislation Obama promised to steer to passage in his first term. . . .
With a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate and a solid Democratic majority in the House in 2009 and 2010, Obama could have pushed for an immigration bill.
Instead, he acquiesced in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision not to bring such a measure to the floor. It would require some of her members to cast tough votes.
Barack Obama just doesn’t seem interested in pushing legislation that congressional Democrats were wary of considering. His campaign promises notwithstanding, he let those legislators set his agenda. Sounds like (another example of) leading from behind.
No wonder the 112th Congress hasn’t been particularly productive. The Democratic Senate has failed to consider nearly all the jobs bills passed by the Republican House. Perhaps had the president been more proactive, pressing his fellow partisans to act rather than acting at their behest, we might have seen more progress.
But, as we learned from Bob Woodward’s book, The Price of Politics, Obama doesn’t really enjoy working with congressional leaders. And in our republic, that’s a key aspect of his job.
Yeah, he does like the title — and the perks of the job — but seems sometimes almost indifferent to its responsibilities.
*in the Univision townhall