Chinese state media claims that Obama is full of â€œempty rhetoricâ€ and â€œU.S. society has grown tired of his banality.â€ By Zachary Keck November 05, 2014 In the context of the midterm elections in the United States, Chinese state media mocked President Barack Obama for being an ineffective and now lame-duck leader, as well as the American political system more generally. An editorial that was published on the Global Times website on Wednesday local time said that â€œU.S. public opinion has downgraded Obamaâ€ and that the midterm elections will further cripple the lame-duck president by giving the Republican Party control over both houses of Congress. Much of the editorial took a mocking and disparaging tone towards the U.S. president. For example, the editorial argued that â€œObamaâ€™s best performance is empty rhetoric.â€ â€œObama always utters â€˜Yes, we canâ€™ which led to the high expectations people had for him,â€ the Global Times editorial board said. â€œBut he has done an insipid job, offering nearly nothing to his supporters. U.S. society has grown tired of his banality.â€ The editorial also took aim at Obamaâ€™s foreign policy record. Echoing frequent Republican criticisms of the U.S. president, the Global Times wrote that while Obama has boasted that he brought U.S. troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan, â€œhe left no peaceâ€ in either of those countries. Similarly, it noted that although Osama bin Laden had been killed â€œduring his tenureâ€ [seemingly downplaying Obamaâ€™s role in bringing about that outcome], the Islamic State had emerged in the Middle East on his watch. On the other hand, the Ukraine crisis has â€œalmostâ€ brought Europe back to the Cold War, the Global Times opined, and the administrationâ€™s pivot to Asia has created mistrust between the U.S. and China as well as across Asia more generally. At the same time, part of the editorial struck a more sympathetic tone towards Obama by blaming his lackluster performance on larger failings in the American political system and society at large. To begin with, GT pointed out that Obama is the first African American president and as a result he can only get â€œlimited tolerance and acceptance.â€ Also in Obamaâ€™s defense, GT noted that â€œpartisan politicsâ€ in the United States has become more extreme in recent years. â€œCohesion in American society is diminishing,â€ the GT editorial proclaimed. Nonetheless, GT concluded that excessive partisanship is an inherent flaw in Western democracies. â€œThat party interests are placed higher than the interests of the country and its people is an inherent shortcoming of Western political systems,â€ the editorial board argued, with no hint of irony despite the Communist Partyâ€™s record in China. The GT editorial board noted that there is a debate in America about whether the countryâ€™s current woes are a reflection of the current presidentâ€™s ineffectiveness or larger structural problems, as scholars like Francis Fukuyama have argued. Ultimately it deemed this question largely irrelevant, arguing that the â€œcountry is too lazy to reformâ€ and that there will be â€œno great American president in this eraâ€ who might turn things around. President Obama will be visiting Beijing for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meeting next week. Chinaâ€™s Media Mocks Obama Over Midterm Elections | The Diplomat China switching sides, and trying to please the next round of Govt on popular predict of Change of guard in America.