The White House’s Professor-in-Chief | The Daily Beast

Michael Volkmanns Blog

When Vice President Joe Biden told a Harvard audience last week that it was “inappropriate” for former administration officials to write critically about President Obama before he leaves office, Biden didn’t mention that a full accounting of the Obama policy in Iraq might not reflect too well on him, either.

Biden was referring to former defense secretary Leon Panetta’s just-published memoir, Worthy Fights, an IED now exploding inside the Obama White House and the rest of the political world.

Panetta confirms what has been whispered about for years—that Obama shows “a frustrating reticence to engage his opponents and rally support for his cause.” The president often “relies on the logic of a law professor rather than the passion of a leader,” Panetta writes. In reflecting on the president’s habit of bitching privately about obstructionist Republicans without cleverly confronting them, he notes that Obama “avoids the battle, complains, and misses opportunities.”

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