Did Bush, Obama Squander Their Presidencies?

When arrogance meets obstructionism, dysfunction is born.

We have two presidents who were given a great opportunity to fix the system in D.C. and provide common sense leadership, and both have forgotten that the means of governing needs work and just sought partisan ends. President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11 and President Obama in the days after his transformative election were each given a great window of opportunity by a huge majority of voters to lead in a different way. And both squandered this in the course of their time in office.

President Bush's and Obama's "my way or the highway" approach to leadership might get them to where they are going faster, but it is only going to leave us as voters more frustrated and less trustful of the journey in this road of democracy. Over the last 15 years, both sides are to blame for where we have arrived, whether it's Democrats fighting President Bush or the GOP attacking President Obama as either party holds Congress.

When arrogance meets obstructionism, dysfunction is born and breeds wildly. And while President Obama's intentions I am sure were good, his recent actions on immigration will only compound the loss of leadership we all feel in this great country of ours. It is time each of us stands up and says enough is enough, and begin to demand more, starting with the communities in which we live.

There you have it.

Matthew Dowd, Founder of ListenTo.Us, is an ABC News analyst and special correspondent. Opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of ABC News.