The ESPN President

Barack Obama, by all accounts, runs the most insular presidency of modern and maybe not so modern times. His coterie of advisers is quite small and limited. An upcoming book ("Prisoners of the White House" by highly regarded U.S. News correspondent Kenneth Walsh) dent conveys an image of a man who only associates with idolizers. Valerie Jarrett is his closest adviser and, with reason, has been characterized as the Worst White House Aide who has a "perfect record...for giving bad advice".  One of her chief duties is to keep people away from him who may bring views to his attention that are contrary to his own. Obama rarely deals with Congressional leaders of either party. He disdains the negotiating that other Presidents found is a job requirement. He is a loner at heart. So how do people bring issues of national importance to him? They advertise on ESPN, the sport network-one source of information he finds acceptable. From a Politico column, "Winning over...(Read Full Post)