President Disengaged With Policymakers

Budget Chairman ‘Can’t Recall The Last Time He Talked To The President,’ Energy Chairman Says ‘The President Is Not As Engaged’


‘He Doesn’t Call. He Doesn’t Write. He Doesn’t Drop By For A Visit.’

“He doesn’t call. He doesn’t write. He doesn’t drop by for a visit. That’s what some of the most senior Democrats in Congress are experiencing from President Barack Obama these days… when it comes to some key policymakers and chairmen in Democratic congressional politics, he’s far less engaged...” (“The Calls That Aren't Coming,” Politico, 5/22/12)

  • “…policy meetings and social gatherings with committee chairmen, ranking members, back bench freshmen and GOP swing voters — all hallmarks of the early part of Obama’s term — have been few and far between with the president these days, lawmakers say.” (“The Calls That Aren't Coming,” Politico, 5/22/12)

“Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is the go-to guy on high gas prices, but the chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee hasn’t spoken to the president much since the previous Congress. ‘…the president is not as engaged — at least with me.’” (“The Calls That Aren't Coming,” Politico, 5/22/12)

“Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) is trying to cut a deal on the nation’s fiscal crisis, but he can’t recall the last time he talked to the president.” (“The Calls That Aren't Coming,” Politico, 5/22/12)

“Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is in charge of one of Obama’s top priorities — preventing a rate increase on student loans — but he hasn’t talked to the president in months.” (“The Calls That Aren't Coming,” Politico, 5/22/12)


‘When Obama Has Gotten Involved’ -- ‘Election-Year Point Scoring,’ Blocking Jobs

“When Obama has gotten involved... He made a series of calls to Democratic senators in March to kill a measure calling for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline…” (“The Calls That Aren't Coming,” Politico, 5/22/12)

JOE SCARBOROUGH: “In fact, Harry Reid has just been one gigantic pocket veto for the president over the past year. Nothing is happening in the Senate, because they don’t want anything to happen that can be used against them on the campaign trail.” MARK HALPERIN: “You’re right.” (MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 4/24/12)