The Straits Times
Published on Feb 08, 2013

To some Democrats in Congress, Obama is a new man


LEESBURG, Virginia (REUTERS) - Democrats in Congress have always had some gripes with their president, Mr Barack Obama. He doesn't call. He doesn't schmooze. He's not tough enough with Republicans.

But this year, the complaints, as well as the complainers, are fewer than ever, with some of his old critics confessing that they're starting to come around.

That's the message from the annual retreat in suburban Virginia of Democratic members of the House of Representatives.

"I really like this new man," said Democratic Representative Louise Slaughter of New York, one of those who during Mr Obama's first term thought he was too compromising.