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Monday, November 23, 2009

Chris Matthews: 'Is Obama Sending Carteresque Signals?'

Never a good thing to be compared to Jimmy Carter, known as the worst president ever, especially when the person asking if Obama is sending "Carteresque Signals" is Chris Matthews, the man who once said that a "thrill went up his leg" listening to Obama speak.

Video below (H/T NewsBusters):

Matthews: Welcome back. The word these days is optics, visuals, signals. In the Carter presidency, the optics were not exactly robust, and Ronald Reagan rode that to a big victory in 1980. Is the Obama White House sending some Carteresque signals these days? Some see that in the deep bow to the Emperor of Japan, an unforced error say critics. Then there was, there was what happened in China: Obama got nothing in the way of concessions over there in spite of playing the polite visitor. And his effort to speak directly to the Chinese was jammed by the government. Third, that decision to try the terrorists up in that federal court in New York City. Again, nothing that had to be done, and critics say it shows that Obama, his team doesn't understand this is a war we're in. David, that's the question. These optics are everything in a president. Carter used to carry that garment bag over his shoulder. This president is he making mistakes like in China like in Japan?

Guess the love affair is over.