MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan: Obama 'Rather Screwed Up' for Writing Memoir Before Age 50

August 8th, 2011 5:34 PM

Dylan Ratigan joined Andrea Mitchell Monday on the list of MSNBC anchors who appear to be losing faith in President Barack Obama's leadership.

Discussing the type of president required to lead the country in times of crisis, Ratigan remarked, "Wouldn't anybody who wrote a memoir before the age of 50 be rather screwed up anyway?"

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Ratigan made the comment during a segment with Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a psychiatry professor and author of "A First-Rate Madness," which explores the relationship between mental illness and successful presidential leadership.

"He's been packaged as no drama Obama, well-adjusted and normal. And if that's what he is he may not be up to the task of what we're facing," observed Ghaemi, referring to Obama's capacity to lead the country out of financial trouble.

Last week, Andrea Mitchell lamented during her afternoon program that "everyone is feeling a lack of hope."

Obama's memoir, "Dreams of My Father," was published in 2004 just days after the future president turned 43.

Ratigan, who is 39, has not published a memoir.

--Alex Fitzsimmons is a News Analysis intern at the Media Research Center. Click here to follow him on Twitter.