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MSNBC's Chris Matthews Turns on Obama

By Michelle Lopata   |   Monday, 21 Nov 2011 11:08 AM

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, a longtime, and enthusiastic, supporter of President Barack Obama, is becoming increasingly frustrated with the president — and now  says that his leadership is aimless.

Matthews, host of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” famously commented, after an Obama speech during the 2008 presidential campaign: "My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often."

The thrill seems to be gone, as Matthews voiced his exasperation with the president during an interview on MSNBC’s “Weekends with Alex Witt” Saturday.

“There’s nothing to root for. What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Would he tell us? What’s he going to do in his second term, more of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going?” Matthews told Witt.

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“He has not said one thing about what he’d do in his second term. He never tells what he’s going to do with reforming our healthcare systems, Medicare, Medicaid, how he’s going to reform Social Security. Is he going to deal with long term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How? Just tell us,” he said.

Matthews blamed technology — specifically email and social networking — for the disconnect between Obama and his administration and the American people, urging Obama to step out from behind his keyboard and shake some hands.

“They’re all virtual. I want to meet people. Their idea of running a campaign is a virtual universe of sending emails around to people. No, it’s not. It’s meeting some people. It’s forging alliances. It’s White House meetings and dinner parties that go on ‘til midnight and he should be sitting late at night, now, with senators and members of Congress and governors working together on how they’re going to win this political fight that’s coming.”

“Just tell us, Commander. Give us our orders and tell us where we’re going. Give us the mission. And he hasn’t done it.”

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