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December 29, 2011
Our Perfunctory President
Despite partisan politics, divisiveness, disagreement, clashes, and opposing world views, there is finally something both parties agree on.
Just when you thought it was hopeless and there was nothing -- nothing! -- Democrats and Republicans could agree on, there is a ray of light. Members of both parties agree that Obama is "remote," "distant," and "perfunctory." Helene Cooper writes in the New York Times:
Gerald Rafshoon, Jimmy Carter's communications director summed it up best:
And therein lies the rub.
Obama doesn't like people. He likes himself.
He appears to have a long-standing pattern of disconnection from others. Where are the voices of those who grew up with him, went to school with him, worked with him? It is eerily quiet.
Naturally, there are those who disagree with the notion that our president is aloof.
No surprises there. Obama knows how to work a crowd. Apparently, he is downright ebullient when doing so. But that is not the same thing as liking other human beings and connecting with them. Working the crowd is about his ego. And a photo op.
Obama holds himself apart.
Something about him is off kilter.
And lots of people know it.
Republicans and Democrats, alike.
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