Matthews To Ask Obama About Management Style; 'What's His Method?'

Thursday, 05 Dec 2013 10:00 AM

By Wanda Carruthers

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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 University, Politico 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 sometimes 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 healthcare 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 healthcare, especially if they get in an accident, or something like that, or hit by a disease," Matthews said.

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