Give it a generation and a couple of good people (right now I don't care which side of the aisle they sit on) and it will happen.
It's one of the very few failings the founding fathers made. Look at pretty much every other nation - the top dog is ceremonial, the Prime Minister does the actual work.
I first began to notice it with Reagan. All the media stories about how stupid Reagan was, sleeping in meetings, out of touch, a doddering old man.
Then Clinton got a taste of it, with impeachment. (Not saying it wasn't deserved).
So, the Dems and their media allies upped the ante with GWB. They absolutely slaughtered him in terms of lack of respect.
Now, it's Obama's turn.
Each side thinks their guy doesn't deserve it, but the other side's guy does. It's masterful how the political elite have us at each other's throat while they run roughshod over us.