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President Obama has come under criticism of late for his low public profile on big issues like fumigation immigration reform Syria.
And the problems with the rollout of his some health care law some administration officials say though it is all part of a carefully crafted strategy.
That's now being compared to the hidden hand style of president Dwight Eisenhower.
Eisenhower often security events from behind the scenes Peter Baker of the New York Times writes quote while other presidents have put the bully in the bully pulpit.
Obama uses his megaphone -- the power that comes with it sparingly speaking out when he decides his voice can shake the trajectory of an issue.
And staying silent when he thinks it might be counterproductive.
Let's talk about the David Hawkins a senior editor for roll call.
It seemed like in the president's first term I mean you couldn't turn on the television at night without getting some -- White House address what happened to that approach.
Well they change they change their mind they concluded it wasn't working we shall we we know from talking to people at the White House.
That they concluded that in this new media era where there was sort of a Tower of Babel and there was so much sound and everywhere you look that the president would do better by not speaking out on everything because when he spoke out on everything.
The public tended to hear almost out of it and as if he stayed quiet and spoke less often hit.
There would more -- would be paid for the things that he did say he also famously made a couple of mistakes in speaking out on on issues in the in the public's fear in his first term that he later came.
To regret the famous.
Professor at Harvard the black professor at Harvard who ended up resulting in the the beer summit in the Rose Garden on a couple of other incidents like that.
Ryan in comparing him to Dwight Eisenhower though I mean eyes -- -- a West Point graduate a guy who led the nation to victory.
Over and over Europe and Japan in World War II -- -- basically the rebuilding of the world had some monumental accomplishments before he became president.
Not do they really employ the same kinds of styles.
-- -- they they seem to it at this at this point now.
What we know from from reading Eisenhower biographies is that the hidden hand.
Was in fact moving behind the scenes the president announced this current president since we haven't read.
The after action reviews have -- for his presidency is not over yet and his.
His aides aren't -- telling us what's actually going on behind the scenes all the time.
We don't actually know what he's doing all the time behind the scenes and he is leaving himself open to the criticism.
That his leadership style is.
Passive or disengaged.
He says that the -- they have leaked out some worried that the president is engaged in international affairs.
He's reached that he's made some reach -- on Syria.
He has not however.
By design engaging in the immigration debate in congress for example which is what I'm paying much attention to from.
My job -- roll call the the president knows that to engage on immigration too much.
Would be to spoil whatever chance he has of getting a deal done that if the more he speaks out about the need for immigration deal.
The more he will antagonize.
The Republicans that he needs to.
Ought to get on this side of the sport something if if they're going to be any Republicans at all.
They'll only come on to his side if he gets out of the way.
Okay what about health care though I mean that was the signature accomplishment of his first term it seems to be falling apart the roller roll out of the employer mandate has been delayed now these unions are coming out.
And saying that it's it's you know that that Obama care is is going to wreck the middle class why doesn't -- you know jump in with a pitchfork and do something about trying to salvage health care.
I think he is -- I think we do have some evidence that he is doing that behind the scenes.
It will obviously be in deep -- premier issued Mitch McConnell the Senate Minority Leader has called this the premiere issue of the 2014 mid term election.
We -- we have some evidence already that.
There's some 500 million dollars is gonna be spent on advertising against the Affordable Care Act in the coming year it's going to be it's -- -- -- them the main rhetorical.
Showdown of the campaign season or at least one of them.
My expectation is that the president -- and his democratic allies in congress will speak out on it by -- They're hoping to to write some of the problems -- it before then there is some evidence just this week.
They're getting somewhere there is a study that was done that shows that that.
Quality has improved -- that they picked up 32 health care systems.
They showed that quality has improved at those under the Affordable Care Act even if the cost of not and it's produced by as much as -- as the president sort of proposed that they would -- And he's also getting a little bit of a bounce from a little bit ironically from the fact that the that the mandate has been postponed.
Is forcing some people to go and buy insurance from these new exchange's -- David Hawkins of the senior editor at roll call we'll see what else the president has to say or do in the coming weeks thank you.
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