Officially speaking, Barack Obama served in the U.S. Senate from 2005 to 2009. However, while he was in the Senate, he never was of the Senate.
Because he never learned the nuances of legislating and spent most of those four years campaigning for President, he has no idea how to deal with Congress. Today, relations between Congress and the White House are at the lowest point since Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Even Democrats have trouble dealing with Obama.
The Washington Post’s Bob Woodard is correct: Obama is a terrible negotiator. At times, Vice President Joe Biden may be a buffoon, but he knows how Capitol Hill works.
Fox’s George Will adds more below.