A published report is painting a grim picture of President Obama, saying he hardly speaks to any members of his administration and that he ends his work day while the sun is still shining, despite the troubled state of the nation.
Writing in the New York Post on Sunday, columnist Michael Goodwin tells of the "disturbing" tales he has heard:
I have heard basically the same story four times in the last 10 days, and the people doing the talking are in New York and Washington and are spread across the political spectrum.
The gist is this: President Obama has become a lone wolf, a stranger to his own government. He talks mostly, and sometimes only, to friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett and to David Axelrod, his political strategist.
Everybody else, including members of his Cabinet, have little face time with him except for brief meetings that serve as photo ops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner both have complained, according to people who have talked to them, that they are shut out of important decisions.
Goodwin goes on to say that Obama stops working at around four o'clock to have dinner with his family, then he retreats to a private office. One source said he takes a stack of briefing books, while others aren’t sure what he does in there.
Goodwin calls Obama "an isolated man trapped in a collapsing presidency," and said Obama's recent "odd public remarks" including saying that Americans are not better off than they were four years ago show he is "discouraged and alienated."
It should be noted that the Rupert Murdoch-owned Post is no fan of Obama or of Democrats in general.