Obama: AWOL as always when a crisis approaches

Ed Lasky
Politico runs a headline story focusing on President Obama's aloofness and how this has damaged his ability to accomplish things in Washington. Manu Raju writes He doesn't call. He doesn't write. He doesn't drop by for a visit. That's what some of the most senior Democrats in Congress are experiencing from President Barack Obama these days. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is trying to cut a deal on the nation's fiscal crisis, but he can't recall the last time he talked to the president. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is in charge of one of Obama's top priorities -- preventing a rate increase on student loans -- but he hasn't talked to the president in months. And Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is the go-to guy on high gas prices, but the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hasn't spoken to the president much since the previous Congress. "I think the reality is the current Congress is not constituted in a way that makes it likely that we can do...(Read Full Post)

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