This feels suspiciously like “he came in and trashed the place and it’s not his place” journalism. Maybe the ghost of David Broder animated this journalist for the purposes of the story:
Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer a ride on Air Force One to a senator or member of Congress, more often than not, he keeps Congress and official Washington at arm’s length, spending his down time with a small — and shrinking — inner circle of aides and old friends.
He typically golfs with a trio of mid- to low-level staff members little known outside the West Wing. He does not spend much time at Camp David, the retreat other presidents have used to woo Washington. His social life runs toward evenings playing Taboo with old friends and their families, Wii video games with his wife and daughters or basketball with Robert Wolf, a banker and the rare new best friend Mr. Obama has acquired since entering politics. He vacations with friends from Chicago on Martha’s Vineyard in August and in Hawaii at Christmas […]
“This is not a Lincoln bedroom guy,” said James Carville, the Democratic strategist, referring to the guest bedroom at the White House where President Bill Clinton put up supporters and donors. “In fact, he’s the anti-Lincoln bedroom guy. He doesn’t seem to relish, or even like, having politicians around.”
Maybe the news week is so slow that this makes it onto the front page of a newspaper by accident. But I can’t think of something the public is likely to care less about. Can’t there be a “Village Times” where gossip like this can get lapped up by the inside-the-Beltway cocktail-party circuit, so the rest of us don’t have to wade through it? Maybe they can have their own closed-circuit TV network too. They could run Hardball for 24 hours a day, and have Sally Quinn on to discuss these earth-shaking events.
The only on-the-record quotes from a lawmaker in this piece, by the way, come from Dennis Cardoza, who recently blasted the President as an arrogant college professor in the pages of The Hill. So no, I’m not too surprised that they don’t socialize.
The President of the United States has a number of responsibilities. In this case, he has a number of policies worthy of praise and worthy of criticism in my view. You don’t have to go searching for the “does he play too much Wii with his wife and daughters” level of critique for any possible reason. The cupboard should never get that bare.