Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats scramble to contain Franken falloutĀ  Overnight Finance: House passes sweeping tax bill in huge victory for GOP | Senate confirms banking regulator | Mulvaney eyed for interim head of consumer agency Overnight Regulation: Senators unveil bipartisan gun background check bill | FCC rolls back media regs | Family leave credit added to tax bill | Senate confirms banking watchdog MORE (D-W.Va.) on Sunday said it is not in President Obama's nature to "pal around" with members of Congress.

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Manchin said during an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" that his relationship with the president is like the majority of lawmakers.

Obama doesn't "have the gregarious type of personality like Bill ClintonBill ClintonBill Clinton distributes relief supplies in Puerto Rico In Washington and Hollywood, principle is sad matter of timing Mika Brzezinski: Bill Clinton needs to apologize or stop talking 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.