Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s “Hard Ball”, was once a staunch supporter of President Obama. He was a constant critic of George W. Bush, and, pleased with the upcoming ‘change’ in Washington. He once said after a speech by the President in 2008, that he felt a “thrill going up my leg.” No longer enthralled by Mr. Obama, he spoke about his disappointment on his Wednesday show.
I believe his criticism is valid, and may be more ruthless than any ever levied by Conservatives.
“What part of the presidency does Obama like? He doesn’t like dealing with other politicians, and that means his own cabinet, that means members of the Congress, either party,” Matthews said.
It does seem as if he is tired of fighting, and that he prefers the tactic of “ignore it, and it will go away”.
“He doesn’t particularly like the press. He likes to write the speeches, likes to rewrite what speechwriter Jon Favreau and the others wrote for the first draft.”
He often appears distrustful of the press, who may have often treated him with more respect than he deserved.
What he does like: “He likes going on the road, campaigning, visiting businesses like he does every couple days somewhere in Ohio or somewhere,” Matthews continued.
The President has a style. I frequently praise it, but there are many times I believe he should barricade himself in Washington and go to war with Congress. Nothing is being accomplished. Some believe that’s a good thing, that ‘nothing good ever comes out of Washington’, but I believe our Congress should accomplish something every once in a while, just to justify holding onto their seats.
“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,” he concluded.
The President is a man with good ideas. However, if good ideas are never put into practice, they aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.
The American government is more broken at the present than at any other time in our history. Solutions to the major problems of our nation are not being implemented, instead, they are multiplying.
What the United States of America needs is a belligerent prize fighter leading us, not a statesman. A re-incarnation of Teddy Roosevelt, or Harry Truman would not put up with continuous posturing, pontificating, and prolongation of our legislative process.
I am not stating that Mr. Obama has not made any important and meaningful accomplishments in his first four-plus years, but his oratory, his promises, gave us higher expectations.
We all suffered through the embarrassing debacle from 2001 until 2009, we deserve better.
It’s time to be the people’s leader, Mr. President. Ninety percent of the American people need to believe in at least one elected official in Washington.
To quote an old line: Yes, Mr. President, “the buck does stop here”.
The Guardian Express