He may have sent a “thrill” up Chris Matthews’‘ leg in 2008, but in 2013 President Barack Obama qualified as the MSNBC host’s “political loser of the year.”
Matthews’ comments came as the answer to a question from Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe about who fared the worst politically in 2013. “It was a terrible year for the president,” he said.
“It’s not just a bad year in terms of the [Obamacare] rollout,” Matthew continued. “There’s an erosion in interest. It feels like a very long presidency now. It feels like the seventh or eighth year of a presidency, it doesn’t feel like the fifth. There wasn’t that rejuvenation that comes with a re-election. He was never going to get a honeymoon from the other side, but there was no sense of ‘wow’ and I think that’s hurt him a lot.”
Scarborough agreed, reflecting back on Obama’s second inaugural address less than a year ago and “just how disconnected it’s been from the reality of the year that’s followed.”
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