Obama is like a great writer who turned in a messy paper, Chris Matthews says

chris matthews obama interview andrea mitchellEven “The West Wing” had a terrible fifth season. Even Ken Jennings lost “Jeopardy!” Even U2 made this. The greats: sometimes they fail.

Previewing his interview with President Obama set to air Thursday, Chris Matthews used a metaphor to describe how President Obama and his health care law have the right ideas but the wrong execution.

“I think I would compare it, Andrea, to a brilliant writer, perhaps, with a great theme who turns in a paper with a lot of misspellings or bad handwriting,” he told MSNBC colleague Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday. “It’s a bad way to roll out something. With all the great strengths, potentially, of a national health care system along these lines, the way it was rolled out has hurt it.”

The “Hardball” host added that the rollout has given Republicans plenty of material to question the president’s “competence.”

Matthews’ comments are in line with other sympathetic statements about the president’s high capabilities and his inability to utilize them or the country’s lack of appreciation for them. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank has written that “there’s just too much going on in the poor guy’s head;” author Jon Meacham has said, “In a weird way, the country is not commensurate with his gifts;” and Meghan Daum published a piece in the Los Angeles Times entitled “Too brainy to be president?”

Darn shame that we keep missing out.

(h/t Mediaite)