Picking up where she left off nearly two weeks ago, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd is still disenchanted with the way President Obama is running his ship.
During a press conference Tuesday, Obama was asked if he had the "juice" to make progress with Congress on his agenda. "You seem to suggest that somehow, these folks over there (in Congress) have no responsibilities and that my job is to somehow get them to behave," Obama replied. "That’s their job."
"Actually, it is [Obama's] job to get them to behave," Dowd writes in a Wednesday column. "The job of the former community organizer and self-styled uniter is to somehow get this dunderheaded Congress, which is mind-bendingly awful, to do the stuff he wants them to do. It’s called leadership.
"He still thinks he’ll do his thing from the balcony and everyone else will follow along below. That’s not how it works."
Nearly two weeks ago, just after a gun-control bill failed in the Senate, Dowd wrote that Obama was a "graying man" who "still has not learned how to govern."
In the op-ed, Dowd said Obama should model his administration more like the one in Aaron Sorkin's film "The American President.” She followed up in Wednesday's column with another movie analogy:
How can the president star in a White House Correspondents’ Association dinner satirical film pretending to be Daniel Day-Lewis playing Barack Obama in Steven Spielberg’s movie “Obama,” and not have absorbed the lessons of “Lincoln”?