Arrogant, aloof, and unprepared is how Bob Woodward portrays President Obama in his new book The Price of Politics, set to be released next week.
The book recounts Obama’s troubled relationship with Congress,
from his inauguration through last summer’s failed debt-limit
negotiations, with Woodward concluding, “It is a fact that President
Obama was handed a miserable, faltering economy and faced a recalcitrant
But presidents work their will — or should work
their will — on important matters of national business. . . . Obama has
Snippets of the book, as reported by The Washington Post, include:
The book portrays Obama as a man of paradoxical impulses, able to
charm an audience with his folksy manner but less adept and less
interested in cultivating his relationships with Reid and Pelosi.
the president worries that he can’t rely on the two leaders, they are
portrayed as impatient with him. As the final details of the 2009
stimulus package were being worked out on Capitol Hill, Obama phoned the
speaker’s office to exhort the troops. Pelosi put the president on
speakerphone so everyone could hear.
“Warming to his subject, he continued with an uplifting speech,”
Woodward writes. “Pelosi reached over and pressed the mute button. They
could hear Obama, but now he couldn’t hear them. The president continued
speaking, his disembodied voice filling the room, and the two leaders
got back to the hard numbers.” (Continues)