Chris Matthews: Obama likes gives speeches but not leading
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#1 May 17, 2013
Chris Matthews famously once felt a thrill up his leg at the thought of President Obama, but the shine has worn off.
In a series of scathing monologues Matthews criticized the president in terms much more often heard from the right, claiming that Obama likes campaigning but doesn't like actually leading.
Obama "obviously likes giving speeches more than he does running the executive branch," Matthews said, according to Politico's Dylan Byers.
"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," Matthews said.
"So what part does he like? He likes going on the road, campaigning, visiting businesses," Matthews added. "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."
Matthews's scathing indictment of the president began on Tuesday night's Hardball, when he accused Obama of having lost control, leaving voters to fear that "the steering wheel doesn't control the car any more."
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