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Political Consultant Rollins: Obama 'Doesn't Like This Job'

Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 05:13 PM

Veteran republican political consultant Ed Rollins says Barack Obama and Bill Clinton would secretly love to switch roles.

"You got two presidents sitting up in Martha's Vineyard: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama," Rollins said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV. "Obama would much rather go be a celebrity and play golf every day, and Clinton would rather be the president …

"This president just doesn't like this job. He likes the celebrity side of it, but we've got two long years" left.

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Rollins, who was national campaign director for the Reagan-Bush '84 campaign, said Obama has become a "diminished" commander in chief.

"You've sort of seen the presidency shrink before our eyes. People are more and more discouraged," he said. "To a certain extent, every day that goes by, every time he takes inaction as oppose to action, the president diminishes."

Rollins said Obama's missteps in Iraq are particularly damaging.

"He made a very fundamental mistake of not keeping 10,000-15,000 troops there. We kept 50,000 troops to save South Korea, and we kept 80,000-plus troops in Germany. We needed to basically get a hold of what we gained in Iraq," he said.

"At the end of the day, you have to look at the circumstances on the ground, and when you start announcing you're pulling your troops out two years before you do, it just tells ISIS and whoever wants to join an organization like that to get ready and plan it.

"Hope is not a plan, that's what this president is all about. 'I hope this can work out.' It's a total underestimation of the enemy."

Rollins believes the president will continue to help raise funds for his party, although he's not necessarily an asset to Democrats.

"There's no candidate wanting him to come out and make the campaign a referendum on him," he said. "It's going to be very hard for him to energize his political base, which has been very significant the last two presidential elections.

"Most Democrats are just saying, 'let's get on with this thing', get it over with, and get this presidency over with. That's a pretty weakened position to be in."

Rollins said Obama may very well attempt to use an executive order that will grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, but said that will cause "a tremendous backlash."

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