Panetta: This crisis shows a lack of leadership in the White House « Hot Air: "Obama has plenty of people around him who could negotiate if Obama wanted negotiations, but Obama publicly refused to negotiate with the House at all. Jack Lew or Denis McDonough could have worked with Congressional leadership, but that’s not Obama’s view of governance. His view is that he sets the agenda and that Congress has to follow, which worked fine his first two years when Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress. That approach has helped derail Washington ever since Republicans took control of the House.
That’s not leadership. It’s arrogance and petulance, and Panetta correctly identifies the problems (without naming them explicitly) in this assessment."
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