Once again, we're reminded that President Obama is aloof and hasn't made friends in Congress, even with his fellow Democrats, thanks to a new story from The New York Times. The Times story interviews several Democrats, including Sen. Harry Reid's chief of staff, Sen. Joe Manchin and others, most of whom grumbled about wishing Obama would try harder to help them out.
Obama's aversion to schmoozing isn't new, something The Times admits, writing "grumbling by lawmakers about a president is nothing unusual." But!:
What is striking now is the way prominent Democrats’ views of Mr. Obama’s shortcomings are spilling out into public, and how resigned many seem that the relationship will never improve.
Reid's discontent, voiced by his staffer, is pretty high profile complaining, but there's never been a shortage of politicians, including Democrats, ready to decry Obama's aloofness. Over the years dozens of stories have described the relationship between a president who wants to be "above it all" and members of Congress who want the president to pose for photos they can hang on their walls:
7/26/14: Democrats And Republicans Complain Obama Is Too Aloof With Congress
After the president requested $3.7 million to deal with the border crisis, several Congress members complained about "ad hoc approach that shuns appeals to opponents and doesn't reward allies," according to the Associated Press. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a Democrat, said "I try never to negotiate against myself, that's all I can tell you," in reference to the way the White House handled things. Congress has yet to pass a border bill.