Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDems struggle with abortion litmus test Senators push 'cost-effective' reg reform Congress nears deal on help for miners MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said it is not in President Obama's nature to "pal around" with members of Congress.
Obama doesn't "have the gregarious type of personality like Bill ClintonBill ClintonBuzzFeed toasts free press at alternative WHCA party Why Trump sitting out the correspondents' dinner is a huuuge mistake Larry Summers: Mnuchin squandering his credibility with Trump tax proposal MORE," Manchin said of the president's style when interacting with lawmakers.
When asked if it makes getting the job done harder, Manchin said "it makes it more difficult."
"You know, it's hard to say 'no' to a friend," Manchin said of Obama's difficulty to foster compromise in the House or Senate. "When you build that relationship and that friendship, you are looking for ways to try to work things out and find a compromise."
"When you don't build those personal relationships, its pretty easy for a person to say, 'Well, let me think about it.' They don't really make that extra effort."
Obama's approval numbers have hit new lows. In a CNN poll released late last month, Obama's numbers dropped to 41 percent, a three-point dip since October and the lowest for the president since he took office.