I have long contended that President Obama is in charge on his big-ticket agenda items but disengaged as to policy and implementation details. Recent news reports vindicate my position.
A Government Accountability Institute report found that Obama has not had a one-on-one meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius since the passage of Obamacare more than three years ago. Breitbart reports that veteran Washington adviser David Gergen, who is usually sympathetic to Obama, says the report is an indictment of the entire White House operation and shows that the administration has bordered on "malfeasance."
Typically, White House press spokesman Jay Carney said the report is misleading and based on a ridiculously false premise. He said that Obama and Sebelius meet regularly but that their meetings have not been recorded on the visitor logs.
Seriously, Jay? Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer said that White House visitor logs show that whenever Sebelius has gone to the White House, it has been for social functions with "dozens or hundreds of people." And he mentioned on Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel show that if Obama truly has met with Sebelius privately and left the meetings off the books, Sebelius would be the only Cabinet secretary whose meetings with the White House have been concealed.
Schweizer noted that "the lack of meetings reinforces the severity of what The New York Times describes as the 'deeply dysfunctional relationship between the Department of Health and Human Services and its technology contractors, and tensions between the White House chief of staff and senior health department officials.'" Indeed.
But none of this should surprise anyone who has been paying attention. Throughout his tenure in office, Obama has demonstrated a surprising apathy and an alarming level of disengagement on everything except for Obamacare and his other pet policy projects, including the stimulus bill, infrastructure, nefarious green projects of every imaginable description, gutting the coal industry, obstructing oil drilling, regulating banking, student loans, other educational issues, drones, taxes on the "rich," private jet owners, class warfare, race warfare, gender warfare, abortion, homosexuality issues, recalibrating America's image with the Muslim world, managing America's military decline, unilateral nuclear disarmament and other matters about which he has some angst.