May 1st, 2013
09:11 PM ET

Liberals claim Obama "resigned himself to a reactive presidency"

Some of the President Obama's own supporters are doubting his political powers and ability to get something done in Washington in his second term.

Dana Milbank in the Washington Post writes:

"It's the president's job to lead, and to bang heads if necessary, regardless of any "permission structure." Obama seemed oddly like a spectator, as if he had resigned himself to a reactive presidency."

And at a news conference, the president seemed to be taken aback when asked if he's still relevant now that Congress is blocking his agenda at every turn.

Reporter: Do you still have the juice to get the rest of the agenda through congress?

Obama: "Well, if you put it that way, Jonathan, maybe I should just pack up and go home, Golly. You seem to suggest that somehow these folks over there have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That's their job."

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  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    "It is not the critic that counts..." (TR)

    April Nonfarm Payrolls = 165,000
    March Revised to 138,000 (from 88,000)
    February Revised to 332,000 (from 268,000)

    May 3, 2013 at 9:14 am | Reply
  2. mahmoud

    Well . That was really a short short Erin!
    I don't miss the errant 'Decider' we had before and indeed, while I do feel a little underwhelmed by the President's 5th year in office, it wasn't till Bill Clinton's 6th that the economy got back up to a soaring run.
    Indeed, Obama can't do more than prod and veto, and he's managed to stave off a lot of nasty stuff in 2013 already. Now by this time in 2014, I really do expect hi to turn up the heat.

    May 2, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply

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