Barack H. Obama has never much cared for retail politics with his OWN party people in Congress. since becoming President….
Bill Clinton and for a lesser extent, Senator Hillary Clinton, where approachable and had no problem with talking to their party memebers in the Congress….
Democrats can’t wait for THAT to return…..
Philadelphia Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah, who was elected in 1994, described Bill Clinton’s relationships on the Hill as “extraordinary.”
“I don’t think this is just looking at it through rose-colored glasses,” Fattah said, noting that when Clinton came to Philadelphia, he would meet the president at the airport, ride in the limo and take him to play golf. After one of Fattah’s first legislative victories for an educational program called Gear Up, Clinton traveled to a middle school in Pennsylvania and credited him for getting the bill signed into law.
“There was a lot of personalized interaction and they were engaged in this political effort, but it was also substantive,” Fattah said.
Clinton, who served from 1993 until 2001, led House Democrats into the minority for the first time in 40 years. Still, what lawmakers focus on aren’t his stumbles but differences between his and the Obama administration’s interactions with Capitol Hill.
“He did something that this president doesn’t do at all. Every time the 747 lifted off the ground, it was filled with members of Congress, Republicans and Democrats. I went to India with him, I went to South America with him, I went to Asia … and I went to Africa,” said Rep. Jim McDermott. “He was inclusive.”
The Clintons were so close to the Washington state lawmaker that Bill Clinton helped raise money for him when the House Ethics Committee investigated him over leaking a recorded telephone conversation during the 1997 investigation of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.
When asked to compare Clinton and Obama’s Hill interactions, Rep. Jerry Nadler said there was a big difference.
“There is much less contact, no question about it,” Nadler responded.