For Obama, the Cabinet is a piece of furniture Posted by C.A. Morrison
One of the startling revelations in John Heilemann's piece in New York Magazine entitled "The West Wing, Season II" was that President Obama, one of the most inexperienced presidents to ever sit in the Oval Office at a time of national crisis, never met with six of his Cabinet members or even called them on the phone. Heilemann, left of center, documented the extreme isolation of President Obama at the White House, despite highly publicized "get out of Washington" events such as the backyard town hall meetings in the run-up to the midterms.
This shouldn't come as a surprise, given that Obama has also had little contact with Republican members of Congress.
The White House, on December 26, 2010 noted that there had been 900,000 visitors to the Obama White House. Who were some of these important people?
They included celebrities such as Michael Jordan, Paul McCartney, George Clooney, special interest folks such as Kim Gandy of NOW, union bosses Richard Trumka and Andy Stern, Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, George Soros, numerous sports teams, to name just a few. Some of these celebrities had multiple visits.
Whatever anyone thinks of President Obama's choices for Cabinet secretaries or the roles of their departments, an effective executive should have some personal contact with those individuals who have responsibility for trillions of taxpayers dollars and oversee programs that affect the lives of United States citizens.
How many of these Cabinet members will be attending the State of the Union address Tuesday night? Maybe they will get a chance to shake hands with their boss and say, "Remember me?"
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