President Obama "obviously likes giving speeches more than he does running the executive branch," Chris Matthews said tonight.
Yes, you read that right: The MSNBC host who in 2008 felt a "thrill going up my leg"
after hearing Obama speak has grown disenchanted. Tonight's episode of
Hardball saw Matthews delivering a rare, unforgiving grilling of the
president as severe as anything that might appear on Fox News.
"What part of the presidency does Obama like? He doesn't like dealing
with other politicians -- that means his own cabinet, that means
members of the congress, either party. He doesn't particularly like the
press.... He likes to write the speeches, likes to rewrite what Favreau
and the others wrote for the first draft," Matthews said.
"So what part does he like? He likes going on the road, campaigning,
visiting businesses like he does every couple days somewhere in Ohio or
somewhere," Matthews continued. "But what part does he like? He doesn't
like lobbying for the bills he cares about. He doesn't like selling to
the press. He doesn't like giving orders or giving somebody the power to
give orders. He doesn't seem to like being an executive.”
On Tuesday's program, Matthews similarly called Obama "a ship with the engine off." (More)