By Caitlin Huey-Burns – March 15, 2013 —
After lunching on lobster salad and blueberry pie with Senate Republicans Thursday afternoon, President Obama remarked that “it’s always good to be back” in the upper chamber.
Of course, he served a few years there himself before moving to the White House, but as his former colleagues often note, he seldom returns.
Washington runs — to the extent such a term applies these days — via powerful people wining, dining, and hobnobbing one another, but this president grabbed headlines in recent days for finally doing just those very things. Obama ran his first presidential campaign as an outsider, someone removed from the grit and grime and wheeling/dealing of Capitol Hill, and carried that style throughout his tenure, until now.