Be it Democratic politicians or members of Congress, campaign contributors or business leaders, there is a common refrain: Obama doesn’t much identify with us, or even much respect what we do.
His relationship with most Democratic members of Congress lies somewhere between correct and cold. They believe that personal political loyalties are not an Obama priority.
What makes this more than an insider’s game is that successful presidents — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson(domestically), Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton — cultivated and established real political relationships.
Could a re-elected Obama improve in this essential element of presidential leadership?