"Morning Joe" is the official show of "This Town," Washington's cozy class of insiders. So it's not too surprising to hear co-host Joe Scarborough say that one of President Obama's biggest problems is that he doesn't care much for the capital city and its most political of inhabitants.
"They really hate Washington, they want to go home," Scarborough said, speaking of the POTUS and his staff Wednesday night at a Politico event. "I think it has been such a miserable experience for him, from the beginning," he said of Obama.
But is it a prerequisite to the presidency to love Washington? "You need to at least be able to abide the town and you have to love the job," Scarborough argued.
The "Morning Joe" talker pointed to Democrats Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson who really relished their White House perches. "You have to be crazy like Bill Clinton, who absolutely loved the job, wants to come back as the first gentleman," Scarborough said. "And, you know, you heard all these stories about how Bill Clinton would be up at midnight still working the phone." Scarborough also mentioned how Johnson would be calling sub-committee chairmen, strong-arming them to get his civil rights legislation passed.
Scarborough said the anti-Washington mood coming from the president isn't a symptom of this White House, it has plagued the last two. "George W. Bush had this trait too," he said. "I think it's fascinating, we've had two presidents in a row, one Republican and one Democrat, who you get the feeling they both would rather be watching 'SportsCenter' then dive into their job."