President Barack Obama may have to reach out more to Democrats on Capitol Hill if he expects to win their support for his aggressive second-term agenda, reports Politico.
In an interviews with dozens of Democratic members of Congress and senior aides, Politico found many are frustrated and angered by what they perceive as the president’s disregard for cultivating relationships with his party colleagues.
This comes at a time when the president is preparing to take on everything from taxes and immigration reform to gun control and climate change, and needs Democratic backing to get legislation through Congress.
According to Politico, Democrats complain that they never hear from Obama personally and have not been to the White House since early on in his first term.
But even that may not help smooth things over. For example, one Democrat told Politico that he left a recent meeting with his colleagues in Congress "astonished at the contempt they have for our president." This Democrat said it was made clear at the meeting that Obama would not get their support if he tried to cut spending on entitlements in budget negotiations with Republicans.
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