If more were actually getting done in Washington, there probably would be much less attention focused on how few times President Obama and Speaker John Boehner have met face-to-face, and on their “relationship.”
But Congress is testing new lows in terms of legislative productivity, which leaves plenty of time for journalists to muse about the president-speaker relationship, such as it is, on the day of one of their rare meetings.
On Tuesday, the president and Boehner met one-on-one for the first time since December 2012. They’ve been part of group meetings and have talked by phone. But it was the first time in more than a year that they sat and talked with each other individually.
There are probably many of us who are perfectly fine with Congress doing as little as possible, given its penchant for spending whatever money we’re earning. Those who enjoy hemorrhaging cash to a group of alleged adults who have the self-restraint of criminals with stolen credit cards are probably the only people who want more activity on the Hill.
And I am not so sure that The Idiot King and Johnny Tan aren’t both working on ways to defeat the Republicans in November, however different their approaches might be (I had to get that dig in).
The reality is that Obama is imperious and aloof to the people who like him, it is probably impossible to develop a functional relationship with the guy if you’re one of his political enemies.