It's no secret that President Barack Obama can be icy and unengaged.
At times, he seems downright disinterested in the position he inhabits or the job he faces. And lately, he's not been terribly encouraging toward or praiseworthy of the American people, saying at various times that they have “fallen behind,” lost their “ambition and imagination,” gotten “lazy” and “a bit soft”.
This sort of approach can wear thin and one person that it's not playing well with is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of America's most compelling new voices.
Today, speaking in a hard-pressed urban neighborhood in one of America's poorest cities (Camden, NJ) Christie noted that Obama had been disengaged from the work of the congressional super-committee that failed in its effort to come up with a solution to the nation's growing debt. And the Governor was incedulous at what he called the "White House spin" on the topic.
"They said the President didn't get involved in the work of the super-committee because he knew that it was doomed to fail. Well then, what the hell are we paying you for?" Christie asked.
Christie once again expressed his belief that the chief executive must be fully engaged -- that he must work together with people from both political parties to get things done. The Governor said this means finding common ground -- not steering toward compromising all your principles on one hand nor demanding that you get everything you want on the other -- but rather, facing reality and moving froward on what Christie calls "the boulevard"; the road that you're given to navigate within the political limitations that you're handed.
"The President of the United States is grossly failing to get the car onto the boulevard," The Governor concluded.