The president "appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching up to him," says The New York Times.
"What is striking now is the way prominent Democrats’ views of Mr. Obama’s shortcomings are spilling out into public, and how resigned many seem that the relationship will never improve," says the Times.
I'm not sure that this is, or should be, surprising. A president is, after all, just a person with the usual array of strengths and weaknesses.
The Times does note that some Democrats "have just learned to accept the president’s solitary nature and move on."
Rep. Steny Hoyer, Md., the No. 2 House Democrat, who has been in Congress since 1981, says that compared with Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush, Obama “is more self-contained, less gregarious.”
“Does it somewhat take away from his spending more time with members of Congress and the Senate and politics? Yes.” But, Hoyer says, “this president has reached out as much as any president in my view, been open to compromise as much as any I’ve observed.”