Fox News host Greta van Susteren expressed dismay Sunday over President Barack Obama’s performance at a Friday press conference, calling it “pathetic.”
“You just want to slit your throat almost, because it was so depressing,” she declared.
Susteren visited ABC’s “This Week” to comment on the White House’s latest Obamacare rule change released earlier this week. But what started as a conversation on the healthcare law’s prospects soon turned into an attack on Obama’s messaging.
“The president’s most powerful weapon as president is his ability to inspire — that’s his greatest strength,” Susteren began. “And then he comes out last Friday in the press conference. He was depressing, he was pathetic, he sucked the oxygen out of the room. The media beat up on him, the media had bad questions, they kept punching him. I mean, he ends the year where you just want to slit your throat almost, because it was so depressing. He’s completely lost his ability to inspire.” (RELATED: First question to Obama: ‘Has this been the worst year of your presidency?’).
ABC political analyst Donna Brazile mounted a half-hearted defense, saying the people the president has lost “are hoping he comes back” and are “dependent on him to fight for them.”
“But he wasn’t even fighting on Friday, Donna!” Susteren countered. “He came out at the end of the year and you thought ‘Really? This someone who’s coming out and selling himself?”
Susteren’s disappointment may be genuine; though she carefully guards her political opinions, the Fox host is purportedly involved in Democratic politics. Perhaps Fox CEO Roger Ailes should put her on suicide watch, since the president’s fortunes aren’t likely to turn around anytime soon.
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