While considering the causes of President Obama's historically low approval rating, Newsweek editor Tina Brown suggested that "Obama doesn't like his job," citing his "professorial disposition" as a cause of his ineffectiveness over his first term.
Asked by Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough to assess what happened to the Barack Obama of the 2008 hope-and-change campaign, Brown had this to say:
I think that Obama doesn't like his job actually, either. I think that he is genuinely of a professorial disposition in the sense that I think he's interested in chewing over the pros and cons of any issue, but he doesn't like power. He doesn't know how to exercise power. And I think knowing how to exercise power is absolutely crucial. He doesnt understand how to underpin his ideas with the political, gritty, granular business of getting it done. And that kind of gap has just widened and widened and widened, so that every time there is a moment, a window where he can jump in -- like something like a Simpson-Bowles as well -- he just doesn't do it. He hangs back at crucial moments when you have to dive through that window.
When another guest suggested that Obama doesn't like politics, Brown agreed. "I absolutely feel that," she said.