With a flurry of appearances, President Obama is "taking his message to the people," apparently frustrated with the mindset of D.C. media. "One day I'm a genius, one day I'm a bum," he said last week.
It's a common complaint among occupants of the Oval Office. But the difference this time is that it's happening so early in a new administration. And when it comes to the gulf between the way Washington thinks compared to the heartland, his gripes aren't far from the truth.
That's my latest column in the print edition of weekly Variety, which you can read here.