Last week, on National Review’s Corner, Andrew Stiles reported that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan hadn’t “heard from President Obama since their lunch meeting in early March“:
“Not that I know of,” Ryan said when asked if the president had made any effort to follow up on their meeting, which he noted was “the first time we ever had a conversation” since Obama took office. “I don’t really know him very well.”
Similarly, the president hasn’t made much of an effort to reach out to Senators and federal Representatives after deciding last fall to make a push for gun control. He seems to think it suffices for him to make a public appearance, give a speech and expect Congress to accept his arguments and act on proposals in line with said arguments.
Yet, just as his speeches don’t seem to persuade the American people of the wisdom of his approach, they also don’t seem to sway Congress. Despite his push for gun control legislation, few Americans share his priorities:
Few Americans mention guns or immigration as the most important problems facing the nation today, despite the current attention lawmakers in Washington are giving to these issues. The economy still dominates as the top concern, followed by jobs and dissatisfaction with the general way in which Congress and the government work.
Just 4% see guns/gun control as the “most important problem facing this country today”.
Wonder if Obama might be more effective as a leader if instead of trying to demagogue certain issues, he focused on the issues of concern to the American voter.
And maybe he’s been so angry of late because while he has climbed far based on his persona, he hasn’t been able to translate his personal appeal into real accomplishments.
VERY RELATED: America’s Just Not That into Obama
*NB: Tweaked the title when I realized the original title was a bit removed from the conclusion I reached.