New Yorker editor and Obama biographer David Remnick tried to explain President Obama’s detachment from problems both at home and abroad, claiming “the world seems to disappoint him.”

Remnick, a liberal who wrote the 2008 Obama biography The Bridge and has covered the president extensively since then, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday to discuss the growing consensus that President Obama is unfocused and largely uninterested in many of today’s most pressing policy issues.

“The profile that I published in The New Yorker [in January] was somebody that eerily, eerily seemed to be claiming himself — it was a sense of, not giving up, but of deep frustration,” Remnick began. “That was the profile that I published in The New Yorker. Somebody frustrated and disappointed.”

“And that’s what’s frustrating to me sometimes about Obama, is that the world seems to disappoint him,” he continued, to laughs from the panel. “Republicans disappoint him, Bashar al-Assad disappoints him, Putin as well. And the fighting spirit, sometimes, is lacking in the performative aspects of the presidency.”