Is Obama playing to his soft-hearted liberal base or trying to suck up to certain bash-the-Chinese conservatives?
All this will suck up the time that an intensive peace push would require.
You tolerate him and suck up to him, but the experience is completely phony and awkward.
Old English sucan, from PIE root *sug-/*suk- of imitative origin (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German sugan, Old Norse suga, Middle Dutch sughen, Dutch zuigen, German saugen "to suck;" Latin sugere "to suck," succus "juice, sap;" Old Irish sugim, Welsh sugno "to suck"). Meaning "do fellatio" is first recorded 1928. Slang sense of "be contemptible" first attested 1971 (the underlying notion is of fellatio). Related: Sucked; sucking. Suck eggs is from 1906. Suck hind tit "be inferior" is American English slang first recorded 1940.
for forming adjectives Inferior to or imitative of what is indicated: sub–Woody Allen (1963+)