According to Time magazine, President Obama isn’t disengaged, incurious or worse. No, he just doesn’t like drama, so that explains the stunning incompetence of his administration and his lack of awareness of it.
And yet, as the dry-runs continued to produce red flags—over and over—the president remained in his steely cocoon. If this were the presidency of George W. Bush or Ronald Reagan, the obvious theories would abound: the chief executive is disengaged. Or incurious. Or worse. But since Obama is none of the above, what gives?
This much is clear, after speaking with both past and present senior administration officials: no one was really in charge, so no one knew for sure how bad the overall picture was. What’s more, and—perhaps most telling—no one wanted to even hint to the president that this techno-savvy administration possibly had a website stuck in, say, 1995. “People don’t like to tell him bad news,” says an ex-White House staffer. “Part of it is the no-drama culture.”
As Twitchy and The Pirate’s Cove pointed out, he has no problem with drama when it comes to campaigning and playing politics. If he had ever run anything in his life besides a campaign, maybe he would have realized that problems crop up in any enterprise. It’s how those problems are handled that separates the winners from the losers, and the competent from the incompetent. The first step is recognizing a problem. But that’s not allowed in the Obama White House, so we have debacles like Obamacare, Fast and Furious and Benghazi.