It was no one’s finest hour in Washington this week, as Secretary of State John Kerry failed at everything and the Obama administration whipped up partisan froth over an illusory impeachment threat. The Republican-led House prepared to leave on a five-week recess with little to show for its time in session but a party-line vote in favor of suing the president.

It was a taxpayer-funded dramatic gesture that prompted the president to respond with a taxpayer-funded trip to Kansas City to mock it.

“Stop being mad all the time,” President Obama said to Republicans. “Stop just hating all the time. Come on.”

Jay Solomon of the Wall Street Journal, meanwhile, returned from exhaustive overseas travels with the secretary of state who was unable to make much of a difference in the Gaza conflict. By the end of the week, relations between the U.S. and Israel were notably sour.

Over at the State Department, Matt Lee of the Associated Press also kept vigil over an encroaching roster of international hot spots — Ukraine, Gaza, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan …

Sam Stein of the Huffington Post joined Jules on SiriusXM’s POTUS, Ch. 124, in the Press Pool to gently mock the political back and forth on “impeachment.”

Meanwhile in Richmond, the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, the Lady MacBeth of Virginia politics, got off to a cringe-worthy start in federal court. Jim Nolan of the Richmond Times Dispatch was in the courtroom.

Susan Ferrechio of the Washington Examiner told Jules that Congress remained a “hot mess” until the bitter end.

In his Kansas City speech, President Obama lamented the state of American politics, especially in Washington.

“Cynicism is fashionable sometimes,” Obama said. “You see it all over our culture, all over TV; everybody likes just putting stuff down and being cynical and being negative, and that shows somehow that you’re sophisticated and you’re cool.”

He added, “You don’t have time to be cynical. Hope is a better choice.”

Join Julie Mason weekdays from 3-6 pm ET for the Press Pool on SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel 124, and follow Julie on Twitter @juliemason. We’re cynical optimists!

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