Does President Obama have trouble - how shall we say - connecting with people?
That's the charge under discussion via The Week
's Ryu Spaeth, in a piece entitled, directly enough, "Is President Obama Anti-Social?
" And the verdict appears to be yes - but perhaps for good reason.
"I'm getting kind of lonely in this big house," said the President at a recent news conference. "I'll be probably calling around, looking for somebody to play cards with or something."
It's a joke that hides a real tendency to avoid networking and otherwise shooting the breeze with fellow politicos, say some pundits.
"For Obama, learning how to schmooze could mean the difference between a good and great presidency," writes The National Journal
's Ron Fournier, who warns of the "peril" of being an aloof president.
But does the POTUS have a legitimate excuse to keep his cards close to his chest where those before have laid 'em bare? Spaeth thinks so.
"Obama is operating in an atmosphere of political polarization that would have been unimaginable to Reagan, and that Clinton got only a taste of," he writes. "Congress is not the place it once was, and it's hard to see how even a million rounds of golf with Obama would have helped House Speaker John Boehner, for example, convince a majority of his caucus to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans."
Via The Week and National Journal