So says a former aide to both Presidents Obama and Bill Clinton. Neera Tanden served as a senior advisor for health reform under Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in the Department of Health and Human Services and worked in the White House on getting ObamaCare passed through Congress.
Now, Tanden reflects on her experience working with President Obama and her inside account is interesting, especially considering that Obama’s personal popularity is one of the only things keeping his campaign afloat.
Via The New Yorker, emphasis mine:
Clinton, being Clinton, had plenty of advice in mind and was desperate to impart it. But for the first two years of Obama’s term, the phone calls Clinton kept expecting rarely came. “People say the reason Obama wouldn’t call Clinton is because he doesn’t like him,” observes Tanden. “The truth is, Obama doesn’t call anyone, and he’s not close to almost anyone. It’s stunning that he’s in politics, because he really doesn’t like people. My analogy is that it’s like becoming Bill Gates without liking computers.”