I read with interest Maureen Dowd’s Aug. 23 column “ Obama alone again, naturally.”
I don’t necessarily agree that reclusiveness is the problem. Certainly, the relentless barrage of right-wing criticism for every word uttered or movement made corners one in a shell. There is no winning position from the attacks, even if he copies a Republican-promoted health care plan that works fine in Massachusetts and the public overwhelmingly likes.
The sadness in this whole situation is that Obama is not respected as president. He is viewed by many as a token, surrogate president with no entitlement to the position. In recent days, critics have recoiled with “how dare he go on vacation with all of these problems in the world.” He is not respected as a husband and father whose family needs to get out of the fish bowl for a moment.
It is ironic that an “Ivy League” trained leader, who is as brilliant as any we have had, gets a backhand from the public. Obama as president is too much to overcome in a society with unsettled feelings about race percolating beneath the surface of its skins.