Under the encyclopedia entry for “Washington Insider” they should have a picture of Leon Panetta. In Ruth Marcus’s interview with Sec. Panetta there are two money quotes. This one:
Then, to Obama. “This president — he’s extremely bright, he’s extremely able, he’s somebody who I think certainly understands the issues, asks the right questions, and I think has the right instincts about what needs to be done for the country.”
Next came the “but” — without a name but with a clear message. “You have to engage in the process. This is a town where it’s not enough to feel you have the right answers. You’ve got to roll up your sleeves and you’ve got to really engage in the process…that’s what governing is all about.”
The other one is here:
As to the notion that any proposal associated with Obama was inherently toxic to Republicans, Panetta said, “If the president, for whatever reason, feels he can’t do it because the Republicans don’t want to confront him, then he ought to be willing to delegate that responsibility to someone who can do it.”
How could Sec. Panetta and I be so completely wrong?