Chris Matthews’ Mouth, Brain Not Connected: ‘I Forgot’ Obama ‘Was Black’
January 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-Boy, oh boy, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews of Hardball has gone and done it again folks. What did he do? He forgot to attach his mouth to his brain, AGAIN. Last night during a post-Obama speech discussion on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann, Matthews, affectionately dubbed “Tweety” by some, (or maybe not so affectionately) offered up his own very special analysis of Obama’s State of the Union Address. He said that it was just awesome that while watching President Obama’s speech, he completely forgot for a whole hour that “he was black.” In Tweety speak, that translates into Matthews being impressed by the “seduction” of Obama’s speech. Obama “is post-racial by all appearances,” declared Matthews.
President Obama’s first State of the Union Address was impressive on many levels, including the power of his oratory skills to inspire and empower Americans. And his dealing with Republican obstructionism head-on. “I never suggested that change would be easy, or that I can do it alone,” said Obama last night during his speech. But his speech certainly was not impressive, because he was a black man who was able to hold his own in a roomful of white people, as suggested by Matthews:
“You know I was trying to think about who he was tonight and it’s interesting… he is post-racial by all appearances. You know I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. You know he’s gone a long way to become a leader in this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean it’s something we don’t even think about. But I was watching him and said “Wait a minute, he’s an African American guy in front of a bunch of white people and there he is President of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight.” Completely forgotten it.”
“I think it was in the scope of his discussion; it was so broad ranging, so in tune with so many problems and aspects, and aspects of American life that you don’t think in terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard and very subtle fact — it’s so hard to even talk about it — maybe I shouldn’t talk about it, but I am. I thought it was profound in that way and I think in terms of the seduction tonight — I don’t think he did anything tonight out of love for Republicans or deep understanding of people who disagree with him. He’s probably incredibly frustrated by the failure of a single Republican Senator to step up and say “We’ve got to do something about health care. I’m challenging my caucus on this one. I’m with you buddy. I’m a profile in courage.” Not a single Republican. That has got to frustrate a guy who has tried to reach out.”
This wasn’t the first verbal gaffe by Matthews, and it won’t be his last. When Obama spoke at West Point in December, Matthews said that Obama “went to maybe the enemy camp tonight.” And in 2008 Mathews declared that Hillary Clinton, then running for the Democratic presidential nod, succeeded politically, because “her husband messed around.” “That’s how she got to be senator from New York. We keep forgetting it. She didn’t win there on her merit,” said Matthews.
Expect Matthews to offer up a big Mea culpa on tonight’s Hardball, as he apologizes yet again, for another boneheaded comment.