The Republicans are not alone in their criticism of President Obama’s aloofness. For the first time in his presidency Democrats are beginning to chime in with greater numbers than ever before. The talk on the Sunday talk shows was mainly about Obama’s “out-of-touch” persona. The Veterans administration scandal has brought those feelings to the surface for even the most loyal to the president.
Among the disheartened was liberal CNN's John King on Sunday's "Inside Politic." He pointed out that "More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary, Eric Shinseki. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat-footed, even incompetent."
Perhaps the president’s handlers took the criticism to heart. The president secretly flew to Afghanistan Saturday to have photo ops with the troops. Today he is at Arlington National Cemetery laying a wreath.
The Democrats have been saying privately since the HealthCare.gov opening debacle that "they see a president who doesn't want to take command, doesn't want to act fast," according to King, CNN's chief national correspondent.
Even Obama’s biggest supporters who believe in his vision of bigger government say he “doesn't appear to have its hand on the lever," King said. When his signature piece of legislation, Obamacare, began to fall apart, it appears the president detached along with it.
For a president whose party appears to be on the brink of a monumental defeat in the midterm elections, it seems as if Obama’s mind is on the golf course more than his shaky legacy. The question is, would his participation make anything better at this juncture?
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