Joe Scarborough: Obama 'Has Checked Out'

Friday, 15 Aug 2014 12:31 PM

By Melanie Batley and Drew MacKenzie

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President Barack Obama has "checked out" of his job and "doesn't want to be there anymore," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said.

In an interview on the Hugh Hewitt radio show on Friday, the host of "Morning Joe" added that some of the president's closest political allies say he's ready to be an "ex-president."

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"I tend to believe based on everything I've heard from people who work inside the White House, and we've got a lot of friends there, and based on my friends who are senior Democratic senators, this president has checked out," Scarborough said. "This man wants to be an ex-president."

Scarborough cited how Obama was on vacation while riots erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, after an unarmed teenager was fatally shot by a police officer and the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq.

"We’re all big supporters of presidents going on vacation. It’s another thing to be in Martha’s Vineyard while you’ve got tanks rolling in Middle America, and all the Middle East melts down," he said.

"This is a president that does go out of his way to show that he’s not paying attention to what anybody says. He’s going to do exactly what he wants to do, and he’s going to be stubborn about it. He is either politically tone deaf or he just doesn’t give a damn."

Hewitt said Obama wants to get to his "Carter Center phase," referring to the diplomatic role former President Jimmy Carter took on after leaving the White House.

Scarborough also said that the Obama administration's decision not to expand its inner circle was "one of the biggest mistakes that any president can make."

"This president wants 'yes' men around him... If anybody steps out of line, they're immediately insulated and pushed out."

He added, "The books are going to come [when the administration is over], and this president is going to have to deal with 20-30 years of disparagement from his own side, calling him one of the least effective presidents, because he's one of the most insulated presidents."

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