US President Obama doing 'insipid job', China paper says ahead of visit

Ms Tina Spann, 49, displaying an "I Voted Today" sticker on her sweatshirt with a President Barack Obama logo, after she greeted Democrat challenger for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, on election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2014
Ms Tina Spann, 49, displaying an "I Voted Today" sticker on her sweatshirt with a President Barack Obama logo, after she greeted Democrat challenger for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, on election day morning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Nov 4, 2014.  The Republicans poised to take control of the US Senate away from Mr Obama's Democrats -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China's state-run media on Wednesday decried Mr Barack Obama as a banal leader who has done an "insipid job", days ahead of a visit by the US President.

The editorial in the Global Times, which has close ties to China's ruling Communist Party, came as US election results showed the Republicans poised to take control of the US Senate away from Mr Obama's Democrats.

"Obama always utters 'Yes, we can', which led to the high expectations people had for him," the Global Times wrote, referring to Mr Obama's 2008 campaign-trail mantra.

"But he has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters."

"US society has grown tired of his banality," it added.

Although the US economy has improved gradually since the 2008 recession, the national mood is far from buoyant, with a CNN exit poll on Tuesday showing 54 per cent of voters disapproved of how Mr Obama was handling his job.

The Global Times took aim at Mr Obama's foreign policy, arguing that the leader took "US troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, but left no peace".

"Osama bin Laden was killed during his tenure, but the (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) has emerged from the Middle East," it wrote.

The paper noted the "many thorny problems" Mr Obama has encountered during his six years in office, including the "limited tolerance and acceptance" he has received as the first African-American president.

It also observed that his tenure came "in the midst of a time when partisan politics is becoming more extreme".

Mr Obama's "best performance is empty rhetoric", the paper said, and suggested that Western political systems were fundamentally flawed.

"Bush, who dared to do everything, and Obama, who dares to do nothing, come from different parties but have the same destiny," the paper wrote. "Is this their problem or the problem of the US system?" "With China's rise, we gradually have the ability to have a clear understanding of the US," the paper concluded. "The country is too lazy to reform."