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Chris Matthews: It’s Been a ‘Terrible Year’ for Obama.

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By Wanda Carruthers

After a year of problems with headlines about Obamacare, the Benghazi bombing, NSA spying, and the IRS targeting of conservative groups, MSNBCHardball” host Chris Matthews said Friday it’s beginning to feel like a “very long presidency” for Barack Obama.

“It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency. It doesn’t feel like the fifth,” Matthews said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“It’s a terrible year for the president,” he added.

Matthews, a longtime vocal supporter of the president, admitted it wasn’t “just a bad year, in terms of the [Obamacare] rollout.” He explained there was an “erosion in interest” in President Obama.

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Matthews interviewed the president earlier this month before a student audience at American University. In recent months, he has been more critical of the president’s leadership skills.

A sense of enthusiasm has been lacking since he was reelected last year, Matthews observed.

“There wasn’t that rejuvenation that comes with a reelection. There was no sense of ‘Wow.’ I think that’s hurt him a lot,” he said.

Matthews said previous presidents who had served two terms managed “to come back, just in terms of survival, the last year or two” of their second term. He said Obama would have to “come back with some gusto” if he is to be one of them.

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Trump: Obamacare Problem Incompetence, Not Bureaucracy.

The problem with Obamacare is not governmental bureaucracy, as President Barack Obama claimed last week, but “gross incompetence,” Donald Trump charged Monday.

“It’s been incompetent from day one. The way it got passed was horrible,” the real estate mogul told “Fox & Friends.”

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In an interview Thursday with MSNBC talk show host Chris Matthews, Obama said his management style was not to blame for the problems with the Obamacare rollout. Instead, he pointed to the size of government and “big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly,” Politico reported.

But Trump disagreed. “It’s not bureaucracy. It’s gross incompetence,” he said.

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Obamacare is a law that’s not only affecting people adversely, but is expensive as well, Trump maintained. In addition, the website problems are causing people to not know if they have healthcare coverage after they have enrolled, he said.

“You don’t know if you’re going to get it because, when you call the insurance company, they don’t know who you are. It’s a catastrophe. It’s a total mess,” Trump said.

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Ezekiel Emmanuel, one of Obamacare’s architects, proposed a public relations campaign to promote the program in an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” Trump disagreed with Emmanuel’s claim that promoting Obamacare would encourage young people to sign up for it.

“No PR campaign is going to work,” Trump said. “The product is no good. It’s too expensive. Your deductibles are huge. And, it’s not a workable product.”

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By Wanda Carruthers

Bozell: MSNBC Interview Shows Obama’s in ‘Panic Mode’.

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By Greg Richter

The White House is clearly in “panic mode” after President Barack Obama sat for an interview Thursday with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, says Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center.

“He’s looking for the most comfortable venue that will be most sympathetic to him,” Bozell said Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity.”

Obama knew that Matthews, who has said, among other gushing comments, “I look at Obama as a perfect American,” wouldn’t ask tough questions, Bozell said.

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The “Hardball” host interviewed Obama at American University in Washington, D.C., before an audience of 300 college students. A recent poll showed Obama’s support slipping among adults in their early 20s.

Host Sean Hannity wondered why Matthews drew the plum assignment of interview the leader of the free world, when NBC has journalists such as Tom Brokaw, Matt Lauer, and  Brian Williams available.

“The fact that he didn’t faint or wet his pants is a miracle,” Hannity said.

Matthews has in recent months become a critic of the president.

Bozell responded that while every major figure at NBC is likely liberal and voted for Obama, “That does not make every major figure at NBC this kind of journalist.

“I suspect they must be so embarrassed there with this man as the face of that network,” he said, “not the face of MSNBC, the face of NBC.”

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Matthews To Ask Obama About Management Style; ‘What’s His Method?’.

MSNBC‘s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews said he will ask President Barack Obama about executive performance and management during his half-hour interview Thursday evening.

“It’s stuff that I talk about all the time on my program, which is you need to have a plan or a design for executive performance,” Matthews told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday.

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“I’m going to ask him about the questions . . . about executive management, because it’s a key question,” he said.

Matthews will interview the president in Washington, D.C., as part of the “Hardball College Tour.” It will take place before a student audience at American UniversityPolitico reported.

His list will include questions about management of the Obamacare rollout and the president’s method for governing, Matthews said.

“There wasn’t one person with that unique responsibility (in charge of the Obamacare rollout). No other responsibilities but that. A unique accountability system doesn’t seem to have been there,” he said.

Matthews indicated he would ask specifics about the president’s management style during the interview. Matthews said he sees his job, not as a referee, but to “make sure he answers questions.”

“I’ll get to executive performance, command structure and chain of command, where clearly people get in trouble if they don’t deliver,” Matthews said. ” What’s his model of running the White House? I want to know what it is.

“How do cabinet members respond to the president’s demands, his program? How does he make sure what he wants to get done gets done? What’s his method? Presidents have different methods. It’s hard to see sometime what his method is,” Matthews added.

Matthews said he thought the president wanted to appear before a student audience to encourage young people to take personal responsibility for their health care and sign up for Obamacare. The interest among young people to enroll in Obamacare has been lackluster, with less than one-third saying they intend to participate, according to a Harvard Institute of Politics poll.

“I think he’s going to try to encourage young people to participate and join the exchange and get going and take personal responsibility for their health care, especially if they get in an accident, or something like that, or hit by a disease,” Matthews said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Peter King: Dozens in GOP Reject Obama Presidency.

Up to 40 Republican congressmen want to erase Barack Obama’s term in office, marking a dangerous trend of lawmakers demonizing a president because he’s from a different party, Rep. Peter King of New York said.

King acknowledged the issue to MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews on “Hardball.”
from host Chris Matthews about the relationship between the White House and conservative members of the House, King said admitted the problem.

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Matthews raised the question: “I’ve had members — they know who they are — they say, ‘I really can’t say with my lips that this man, Barack Obama, was legitimately elected president.’

They choke on that. How many are there in the Congress on your side that represent that sort of rejectionist front? ‘We don’t like this guy. We don’t like anything with his name on it. We want him to get out of here, erase his record as if he were never here.'”

“I would say there are 30 or 40 like that,” King answered, “as there were a number of Democrats who felt that way about George W. Bush, and going back to when you and I first met, Republicans who felt that way about Bill Clinton.”

“This is a very dangerous aspect to our government,” King said, “the fact that we have people who are willing to demonize the president of the United States because he’s from a different party.”

It’s a problem on both sides of the aisle, King stressed.

“When George Bush was there, you had Democrats who had this Bush obsession, and now, obviously, with President Obama, it’s definitely there, no doubt about it,” he said.

King has been critical of those in the GOP, especially Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who have supported shutting down the government as a way to defund Obamacare. King said Monday on CNN, that he “can never forgive Ted Cruz” for leading the effort.

Earlier on in the Matthews interview, King said that although the government shut down was “a fool’s errand that was started by Ted Cruz,” Cruz wasn’t the only one to blame. He said “30 or 40 of them who stood with him.”

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By Courtney Coren

Jon Huntsman: GOP Needs to Drop All-or-Nothing Plan on Obamacare.

Republicans should drop their all-or-nothing approach to repealing Obamacare, says former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Huntsman predicted that any government shutdown would last only 24 hours because, “Republicans know this is a loser for them.”

The former GOP presidential hopeful suggested members of his party in Congress “have to problem-solve every step of the way and find areas that don’t work and fix them as we proceed.”

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Fellow panelist and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball” Chris Matthews compared the GOP approach to a kidnapping, except in reverse.

“It’s like in a kidnapping, you grab the baby and ask for the money. In this case, they’ve grabbed the money and asked for the baby,” Matthews said. “Obama’s not going to give them his baby.”

Obama will not negotiate on delaying implementation of the entire Affordable Care Act for a year, Matthews said, because it is his claim to history.

“This is what he did after 40 or 50 years of Democratic Party claims, we’re going to do healthcare. The Clintons tried, almost got it,” Matthews said. “Everybody said we’re going to do it since Roosevelt. To say, ‘I’m going to give it away or delay it?'”

Republican Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho admitted that Republicans knew defunding would fail when they introduced it, but he argued against Democratic claims that the GOP is doing something unprecedented by trying to undo a duly-passed law with a threat of a government shutdown.

Democrats, he noted, tried to bring back the Fairness Doctrine after President Ronald Reagan did away with it by shutting down the government, and Democrats also spent the entire presidency of George W. Bush trying to repeal his tax cuts.

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By Greg Richter

Chris Matthews: NRA Sometimes ‘Good People Doing Bad Things’.

Average members of the NRA aren’t criminals, but their opposition to stricter gun laws enables “bad people” to obtain guns — such as the Washington Navy Yard shooter, MSNBC‘s Chris Matthews said.

“These could be good people doing bad things,” Matthews said Monday on “Hardball.”

“The United States has a hell of a lot of guns. It has a hell of a lot of gun owners, not just NRA members,” the MSNBC host said. “A hell of a lot of guns in the hands of a hell of a lot of people, and it’s very easy to get a gun. The question is, what makes us uniquely bad in that direction?”

Guest Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said the problem lies in the refusal of the United States to regulate guns.

“People in the United Kingdom are not more mentally ill than we are. They watch the same video games and movies,” Glaze said. But the U.K. has 45 to 50 firearm homicides per year, while the United States has about 12,000.

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By Greg Richter

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