In a time when President Obama tries to blame everything on republicans, rather than taking a long hard look in the mirror for where America's problems are, it is nice to know those with an "R" next to their name aren't the only lawmakers on Capitol Hill feeling frustrated with Obama's stubborn, immature, ignore Congress, blame-game politics. Democratic Congressman Dennis Cardoza published a blog post in The Hill today that is anything but kind to the president. Subtitles in the blog post include "idea disease," "I'm right, you're wrong" and "lectures vs. listening."
After observing President Obama for the last three years, it has become obvious to me that the president might prefer to be a university professor rather than do the job he holds today. While he might not realize that he feels this way, the evidence is very clear to those who work with or watch him closely.
n the president’s first year in office, his administration suffered from what I call “idea disease.” Every week, and sometimes almost every day, the administration rolled out a new program for the country. There was no obvious prioritization and, after the rollout, very little effort to actually pass the latest idea/imperative/plan/edict. Instead, the new programs just kept coming, with the new proposals constantly stepping on the previous day’s message. This rampant “idea disease” squandered the tremendous goodwill generated by the Obama campaign’s message of “hope,” tainting the president’s personal appeal.
Early in his administration, President/Professor Obama repeatedly referred to “teaching moments.” He would admonish staff, members of Congress and the public, in speeches and in private, about what they could learn from him. Rather than the ideological or corrupt “I’m above the law” attitudes of some past administrations, President Obama projected an arrogant “I’m right, you’re wrong” demeanor that alienated many potential allies.
The president’s disinterest in input from those outside his inner circle is costing him many wasted opportunities.
It's clear President Obama just really doesn't care for Congress much.