Nice piece in The New York Times discussing a proposal by the organization No Labels to improve the effectiveness of the United States presidency. You can check out the article here.
Among some of the groups proposals are:
1. Monthly news conferences;
2. Twice a year citizens conferences;
3. Meeting quarterly with Congressional leadership;
4. Billing a president’s respective party for fund raising trips;
5. Ninety-minute question and answer time with members of Congress
One criticism of President Obama has been his alleged aloofness when it comes to members of Congress. As articulate as he is, Mr. Obama reportedly doesn’t get into the Lyndon Johnson buttonholing that made the 36th president an effective senator and later president.
These proposals should help whether they are the back-slapping type or exhibit a Spockilian approach. Americans want to see more communication between the Congress and the White House. Adoption of these recommendations would go a long way to fortifying the bridges between the branches.