Obama Gains Reputation As Distant In Washington

12/28/2011 10:36 pm ET | Updated Feb 27, 2012
  • HELENE COOPER nytimes.com

Mr. Obama, in general, does not go out of his way to play the glad-handing, ego-stroking presidential role. While he does sometimes offer a ride on Air Force One to a senator or member of Congress, more often than not, he keeps Congress and official Washington at arm's length, spending his down time with a small -- and shrinking -- inner circle of aides and old friends.

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