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Chris Matthews on Obama: "I forgot he was black for an hour"

On MSNBC News Wednesday night, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews had an idiosyncratic take on President Obama's first State of the Union. He told Keith Olbermann that during Obama's speech, "I forgot he was black."

Matthews seemed to be trying to articulate how Obama had moved beyond race. "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 of this country and passed so much history in just a year or two. I mean, it's something we don't even think about," Matthews said. "I was watching, I said, 'Wait a minute, he's an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people.' And here 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, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don't think terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity." Here's a full transcript.

He later added, "Maybe I shouldn't talk about it."

Politico's Michael Calderone rounded up reaction to Matthews' comment, from "Huh?" to "Get off the air." The liberal watchdog Media Matters compiled a list of similar Matthews gaffes.

Matthews quickly tried to clarify and even came back 90 minutes later to explain himself. "I went in the room tonight, you could feel it wasn't there tonight and that takes leadership on his part, to get us beyond those divisions," he said.

By Rachel Weiner  |  January 27, 2010; 11:44 PM ET
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Enough of all the BS, what I would like is for someone to alert the middle to upper class as to the royal screwing we have gotten from OUR goverment! By raising the limit once again on Our contribution to the failing FICA or Social Security TAX. Whatever they call it, it is still taking dollars from the middle class of AMERICA!
The bail out for the banks was a total loss, if each LEGAL AMERICAN RESIDENT was given 200,000 that would have saved our goverment over 1.5 BILLION and would have deffintley stimulated the economy!! Where are all the smart guys?

Posted by: father44 | January 29, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

It may take longer to forget he is a Bolshevik.

Posted by: RayOne | January 29, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

A part of overcoming racism is acknowledging it and then being willing to talk about it and listen honestly on both sides. His stumbling in how to voice his thoughts is just reflective of the difficult conversation all of us are sensitive about having. Matthews isn't my favorite person and neither is Obama, but race is still an inexplicable focus in American culture, and race has been a consideration in the way people have/have not recieved Obama, and the way Congress works with him in some cases. But people shouldn't jump all over Mathews for this since it wasn't meant in a confrontational way. It's only a starting point for reason.

Posted by: lidiworks1 | January 29, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews MSNBC: 'I Forgot Obama Was Black for an Hour'
It's disingenuous for Chris Matthews to proclaim that we live in a "post-racial" society as a result of having a Black president. Mr. Mathews won't be the person to determine when we live in a "post racial" society, nor will he be able to determine what measure a "post-racial" society is defined by. It's amazing how liberal media can tolerate infectious venom spewing from the mouths of empty-headed TelePrompters. It's has been an unspoken assumption that Blacks have to disintegrate their blackness before "true harmony" can exist with integration. Similarly, the American concept of assimilation is flawed because it doesn't require a healthy respect and acknowledgment of differences. Instead Blacks have been expected to come to the table as a tabula-rasa. It’s my belief that until Blacks can be respected as equal contributors to the human race, people like Chris Matthews will not only want to forget we are Black, but he will have far more comfort sleeping on their 1000 count Egyptian Cotton sheets believing the Blacks too have for gotten they are Black. That is the easiest, albeit, least probable way that White America's psyche can heal itself of the abuses Blacks suffered for simply being Black. Oh! By the way Chris- one of the measures of a "post-racial" American is the level of comfort by which "race matters" can be discussed without fear, guilt, and denial. That will perhaps be a clue that we've worked together to learn from the mistakes of the past, as we look to define our human journey not by superficial differences, but rather by placing greater emphasis on our collective destiny and our mutual interest.

Posted by: rodwilkins | January 28, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews MSNBC: 'I Forgot Obama Was Black for an Hour'
It's disingenuous for Chris Matthews to proclaim that we live in a "post-racial" society as a result of having a Black president. Mr. Mathews won't be the person to determine when we live in a "post racial" society, nor will he be able to determine what measure a "post-racial" society is defined by. It's amazing how liberal media can tolerate infectious venom spewing from the mouths of empty-headed TelePrompters. It's has been an unspoken assumption that Blacks have to disintegrate their blackness before "true harmony" can exist with integration. Similarly, the American concept of assimilation is flawed because it doesn't require a healthy respect and acknowledgment of differences. Instead Blacks have been expected to come to the table as a tabula-rasa. It’s my belief that until Blacks can be respected as equal contributors to the human race, people like Chris Matthews will not only want to forget we are Black, but he will have far more comfort sleeping on their 1000 count Egyptian Cotton sheets believing the Blacks too have for gotten they are Black. That is the easiest, albeit, least probable way that White America's psyche can heal itself of the abuses Blacks suffered for simply being Black. Oh! By the way Chris- one of the measures of a "post-racial" American is the level of comfort by which "race matters" can be discussed without fear, guilt, and denial. That will perhaps be a clue that we've worked together to learn from the mistakes of the past, as we look to define our human journey not by superficial differences, but rather by placing greater emphasis on our collective destiny and our mutual interest.

Posted by: rodwilkins | January 28, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews MSNBC: 'I Forgot Obama Was Black for an Hour'
It's disingenuous for Chris Matthews to proclaim that we live in a "post-racial" society as result of having a Black president. Mr. Mathews won't be the person to determine when we live in a "post racial" society, nor will he be able to determine what measure a "post-racial" society is defined by. It's amazing how liberal media can tolerate infectious venom spewing from the mouths of empty-headed TelePrompters. It's has been a unspoken assumption that Blacks have to disintegrate their blackness before "true harmony" can exist with integration. Similarly, the American concept of assimilation is flawed because it doesn't require a healthy respect and acknowledgment of differences. Instead Blacks have been expected to come to the table as a tabula-rasa. Its my belief that until Blacks can be respected as equal contributors to the human race, people like Chris Matthews will not only want to forget we are Black, but he will have far more comfort sleeping on their 1000 count Egyptian Cotton sheets believing the Blacks too have for gotten they are Black. That is the easiest, albeit, least probable way that White America's psyche can heal itself of the abuses Blacks suffered for simply being Black. Oh! By the way Chris- one of the measures of a "post-racial" American is the level of comfort by which "race matters" can be discussed without fear, guilt, and denial. That will perhaps be a clue that we've worked together to learn from the mistakes of the past, as we look to define our human journey not by superficial differences but rather by placing greater emphasis on our collective destiny an our mutual interest.

Posted by: rodwilkins | January 28, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

You're f'n kidding me.

Tell me, Chris, is he white? or is he black?

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | January 28, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

How many times and how many tv/radio personalities must we forgive? How many times will we have to endure the total direpect heaved towards President Obama because of his racial makeup. They are judging President Obama harshly bedcause the American people elected someone to right the ship without going to the right of center. John McCain lost the Presidential election but he still sounds as if he is the President espousing negative comments at every opportunity. If one radio personality can find employment after making comments about Rutgers Women's basketball team that caused him to lose sponsers maybe he should have his agent call Chris Matthews after he removes his foot from his mouth. How much longer will this behaviour be the status quo?

Posted by: smith_michael | January 28, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Poor Chris Matthews has to stop getting these erections every time that he sees President Obama. it is poor journalism, bad reporting, and basically among the many reasons that MSNBC's ratings are in the dumps.

Certainly MSNBC could hire some new pundits!

Posted by: retiree11 | January 28, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse


Voices of "THE PEANUT GALLERY":

* matthews
* o'reilly
* bahar
* rivera
* grace
* walters
* goldberg
* beck
* o'donnell
* sheppard
* hasselbeck
* rivers

... and in general ~ "fox" news

Posted by: justincase1111 | January 28, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

It will be interesting to see what happens with MSNBC when Comcast takes over NBC. I think they will be more interested in making money and having ratings than promoting far-left ideologues. My guess is that Matthews and Olberman will be history.

Posted by: mrdocuman | January 28, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I dont' care for Chris Matthews, but I must say he has proven to be one of the few more honest guys covering politics on TV. I believe his explanation and I actually think many folks share his view.

During the Presidents speech, some folks probably still focused on the race of the man speaking...I hope most did not.

Posted by: free-donny | January 28, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Does Mathews still feel a tingle going up and down his leg or is that seizure he is suffereing from?

Posted by: vmrg1974 | January 28, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The President is not black. He is bi-racial. What's so hard about that? His black father deserted him and he was raised by his white mother and grandmother and grandfather. Hmmmmmmm!

Posted by: vdever | January 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Your classic self-hating white liberal. Rascist thoughts creep into his mind 24/7. He's so increbibly prejudiced that he is just amazed everytime that Obama can talk and act "white". One can only hope this finally puts an end to this jerks career. He's been polluting the american psyche for a year now by calling anyone that disagrees with Obama policies a rascist.

Posted by: peterg73 | January 28, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

IT WOULD BE GREAT IF MR. OBAMA COULD FORGET FOR ONE HOUR THAT HE IS BLACK.
HE IS REMINDED EVERY MINUTE OF HIS WAKING HOURS AND MOST OF HIS DREAMS.

I ONCE HAD A VERY SMART BLACK PROFESSOR WHO HAD WORKED VERY HARD IN MAKING A CHANGE IN HIS DEPARTMENT. AFTER YEARS OF HARD WORK, HIS PROGRAM WAS ACCEPTED.
WHEN I CAME TO CELEBRATE WITH HIM, I FOUND HIM VERY SAD. I WAS AMAZED WHEN HE SAID "FOR A BLACK MAN, WINNING IS NOT CELEBRATED BECAUSE YOU MUST NOW BE AWARE OF WHAT 'THEY' WILL NOW TAKE AWAY FROM YOU OR DO AGAINST YOU.

I KNOW MANY CORPORATE PEOPLE OF COLOR WHOSE GREAT IDEAS ARE PRESENTED OVER THEIR WHITE MANAGERS NAME AND THEY CAN DO LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT IT.

IT WOULD BE SO GOOD IF CHRIS MATTHEWS WOULD CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ON RACE. MAYBE HE CAN DO SOME FOCUS GROUPS. MANY PEOPLE ARE LIKE CHRIS AND REID AND CLINTON AND BIDEN. THEY FORGET FOR A MOMENT BUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA IS AN ACT OF GREAT COURAGE. BEING BLACK IN AMERICA CAN BE CONSIDERED A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HANDICAP.

WHEN I ATTENDED SCHOOL, BEFORE DESEGREGATION, THE PRINCIPLE ALWAYS REMINDED US THAT WE WERE 'A FLY' IN THE BUTTERMILK'. HE ALSO SAID THAT WE HAD TO RUN TWICE AS FAST TO STAY IN THE RACE. THIS WAS NOT SAID IN A NEGATIVE WAY, IT WAS A PART OF OUR SURVIVAL.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR ME IF CHRIS WOULD HONOR MY BLACKNESS, NOT BE BLINDED AS IF RACE DID NOT MATTER WHEN A LIGHT SKINNED, WELL EDUCATED ARTICULATE BLACK MAN GIVES A SPEACH. WE HAVE SO MANY OF THESE GREAT BLACK MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE NOT HEARD.
MY HUSBAND WAS ONE OF THESE BLACK MEN. WHEN HE DIED, THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER HONORED HIS ACHIEVMENTS AND AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE, CREDITED THESE ACHIEVEMENTS TO HIS "WHITE" BLOOD.
THAT WAS 1996.

Posted by: sm98yth | January 28, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

IT WOULD BE GREAT IF MR. OBAMA COULD FORGET FOR ONE HOUR THAT HE IS BLACK.
HE IS REMINDED EVERY MINUTE OF HIS WAKING HOURS AND MOST OF HIS DREAMS.

I ONCE HAD A VERY SMART BLACK PROFESSOR WHO HAD WORKED VERY HARD IN MAKING A CHANGE IN HIS DEPARTMENT. AFTER YEARS OF HARD WORK, HIS PROGRAM WAS ACCEPTED.
WHEN I CAME TO CELEBRATE WITH HIM, I FOUND HIM VERY SAD. I WAS AMAZED WHEN HE SAID "FOR A BLACK MAN, WINNING IS NOT CELEBRATED BECAUSE YOU MUST NOW BE AWARE OF WHAT 'THEY' WILL NOW TAKE AWAY FROM YOU OR DO AGAINST YOU.

I KNOW MANY CORPORATE PEOPLE OF COLOR WHOSE GREAT IDEAS ARE PRESENTED OVER THEIR WHITE MANAGERS NAME AND THEY CAN DO LITTLE OR NOTHING ABOUT IT.

IT WOULD BE SO GOOD IF CHRIS MATTHEWS WOULD CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ON RACE. MAYBE HE CAN DO SOME FOCUS GROUPS. MANY PEOPLE ARE LIKE CHRIS AND REID AND CLINTON AND BIDEN. THEY FORGET FOR A MOMENT BUT BEING BLACK IN AMERICA IS AN ACT OF GREAT COURAGE. BEING BLACK IN AMERICA CAN BE CONSIDERED A PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HANDICAP.

WHEN I ATTENDED SCHOOL, BEFORE DESEGREGATION, THE PRINCIPLE ALWAYS REMINDED US THAT WE WERE 'A FLY' IN THE BUTTERMILK'. HE ALSO SAID THAT WE HAD TO RUN TWICE AS FAST TO STAY IN THE RACE. THIS WAS NOT SAID IN A NEGATIVE WAY, IT WAS A PART OF OUR SURVIVAL.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED.

IT WOULD BE GOOD FOR ME IF CHRIS WOULD HONOR MY BLACKNESS, NOT BE BLINDED AS IF RACE DID NOT MATTER WHEN A LIGHT SKINNED, WELL EDUCATED ARTICULATE BLACK MAN GIVES A SPEACH. WE HAVE SO MANY OF THESE GREAT BLACK MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE NOT HEARD.
MY HUSBAND WAS ONE OF THESE BLACK MEN. WHEN HE DIED, THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER HONORED HIS ACHIEVMENTS AND AT THE END OF THE ARTICLE, CREDITED THESE ACHIEVEMENTS TO HIS "WHITE" BLOOD.
THAT WAS 1996.

Posted by: sm98yth | January 28, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

If you watch MSNBC, FOXNEWS, CNN, etc. any cable news outlet you've got to expect this sort of thing from time to time. If you want the polished, relatively less opinionated, boring, watered down news you watch the big three networks 'broadcast' channels. I mean I don't see how people can get so worked up over something Matthews says when he's been saying stuff like this for years.

Posted by: SUMB44 | January 28, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

So Matthews noted the fact that Obama was black and it didn't seem to be an issue. Well, duh. It's not an issue and never has been, except to some liberals who are endlessly obsessed with race-based identities.

Posted by: bubba31138 | January 28, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Notice the WAPO buried this story fast!
Democratic racism is not what they want us commenting about.
The put the story about Alito out front and bury Matthews actual live statement.
It was a HUGE mistake to attack the Supreme court in the speech! Bad form Obama.

Posted by: Independent23 | January 28, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

To IQ168: How dare you accuse President OBAMA of bankrupting a nation that the Republicans had already forced into a bankrupt economy through lying and every negative adjective one could think of to ignite the Iraq War, along with Wall Street's Mess. He and the Democrats, along with some Republicans are trying to undo what Bush and his Pa had implemented, before President OBAMA, was even thought of as becoming a Political Figure. Can't you see that under the Republican Rule, the rich get richer and the poor and middle class go to poorer and poor.You need to take that IQ of 168 and ask God to show you how to best benefit Mankind. A White guy with an IQ of 167 passed a few weeks ago, because he was so into his IQ Score and MENSA, that he forgot to allow himself to be introduced to God, by way of Jesus and thus suffered an early, tragic death. He had great ideas, but never moved forward on them, because his focus was on his IQ, much like you. I bet you could not walk ten feet in President OBAMA's shoes, because you have no common sense or decency to do. Stick your IQ Score up your you know what and began to see how we as American People can help move America forward, FOOL!!!!

Posted by: vwatson25 | January 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm a conservative and I never gave thought to the Presidents's COLOR last night. With all the problems facing this country "who" would worry about such a thing? A white libral who wants to wrap his arms around himself and congratulate himself for being so kind to the blacks. You are the true racist, I beleive.

Posted by: lucylu1 | January 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews ought to get a job with the circus. He's a born clown!

Posted by: salraynes | January 28, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Progressives are so busy bending over backwards proving how "post racial" they are that they spend 3/4 of their waking hours thinking about race. Kind of ironic isn't it...

The other 1/4 of their the time they focus on how to tax and spend other folks money..

Makes for a bad day.

Posted by: kbalderson | January 28, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I am so very sick of "progressives" making blatent racist statements. Can't we get beyond race and grasp this man's distructive, bankrupting, devisive administration's policies?

Posted by: IQ168 | January 28, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

matthews was inelegant in what he was saying. but, what he was saying is that if you imagine back to, say, the beginning of the 21st century (2000), could you have have imagined a black man giving the state of the union? people who are as old as matthews, who lived through the 50s and 60s, definitely would answer with an emphatic no. he's the same age as my parents who both said to me during the LONG 2008 campaign, "i think an african-american will be elected, but just not in my lifetime." fortunately, they were wrong. and what matthews is saying is that the focus of the commentary leading up to the speech was about policy and partisan divisions (i.e. health care and republican jockeying for political position) rather than tribalism and racism. i haven't been watching as much news as I usually do, but i can't recall reading in the past week, "first state of the union by first african-american president." no one talked about his race. and what matthews is saying is that 1) it's still pretty amazing that we elected an african-american given the history of the united states and 2) that people are responding to obama as president rather than as a representative of his racial identity.

he's not saying that we've moved beyond race (that was sort of the point matthews was making in the special he did on martin luther king day with tom joyner). he's just saying that he was (and many people are) responding to obama based upon his beliefs and proposals rather than who he is.

Posted by: plathman | January 28, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if he meant anything by it, just like Harry Reid's "negro dialect" snafu and Joe biden's "clean and articulate" comment. White people still can't get into their head that the world is full of brilliant, intelligent, articulate Black folks. They weren't just invented with Obama. News flash, its been that way since the beginning of time. Lets move on people. Its ok. You can accept it.

Posted by: dproctor06 | January 28, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Matthews...

GET IT THOUGH YOUR HEAD...YOU ARE ON tv FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT VALUE NOT FOR YOUR INTELLECTUAL POWERS...SORT OF LIKE THE OFF KEY SINGER ON AMERICAN IDOL. SPARE US YOUR COMMENTS.

SOMETIMES PEOPLE JUST NEED TO KEEP THEIR MOUTH QUIET.

Posted by: jacques21 | January 28, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

What does he mean "he forgot for an hour that Obama is Black."
Any reasonable American forgot that a long time ago. Obama is as an articulate, intelligent, charismatic, caring man. The color of his skin is not a factor. He represents what's best in the United States of America.

Posted by: schumann-bonn | January 28, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mister Mathews keeps geting chills up his legs. whats next an orgasam. how stupid is it to say he forgot our president was black is he blind or did he fall asleep for 70 minutes.I thought LIBERAL DON'T SEE COLOR no wonder his show and the Oberman show have the worst rattings on cable tv.How about the presidents discrediting the supreme court he should not have used his state of the union address to do it.when does the bush blaming end and Obama start owning up to fix this country.JOBS JOBS JOBS THATS THE ANSWER.

Posted by: hifive | January 28, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Chris Matthews is a drunk.

Posted by: bacala1 | January 28, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Matthews did say something important about "whiteness" Just because white folks have big jobs and become "talking heads," does NOT mean that they have examined their "whiteness." It takes work and experience. His remark says way more about him than it does about our President. So, his "talk" can help him and other white folks to take a look and to help each other learn. "When you know better, you do better." (Oprah)

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | January 28, 2010 9:25 AM | Report abuse

As they say in the "Looney Tunes" --

WHAT A MA-ROON!

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 28, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Matthews was close, but what he should have said is "Maybe I shouldn't talk."

Just 2 years, 11 months, and 23 days folks. Then Matthews won't have to worry about his legs getting all tingly when "covering" political candidates anymore. And when I say covering, I mean openly fawning over them like a teenage schoolgirl. Thankfully the cult of personality is wearing off for most rational Americans.

Posted by: MDPensfan | January 28, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I used to actually watch Matthews show years ago before MSNBC bacame the democratic party channel. NBC has allowed Matthews to get away with his ranting; he is mild when compared with Maddow and Olberman. This was a classic gaff - he acidentially told the truth as he actually sees it. Anyone else on any other channel would be fired for racism. I can't wait to see all the Dems come to his aid today in this comment section. As an Independent, I'm sick that I was tricked into voting for Obama. You can keep the change! I'll be voting against the Dems from now on and I now watch FOX News.

Posted by: Independent23 | January 28, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Matthews, Olbermann and Maddow only have jobs due to the fact that they are raving rabid liberals and MSNBC is allergic to ratings. Having said that what does this have to do with the birther movement. Weird post. Alito called it like he saw it. We need more of that. Having a president attack a branch of government in a State of the Union speech should make every American's blood run cold. What an absolute power grab, an obvious effort to discredit the Supreme Court. Be afraid the lunatics are running the asylum.

Posted by: waitwhat | January 28, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps saying, "I forgot he was President for an hour tonight," would have been more appropriate? Outside of early retirement, I'm not really sure how Mr. Matthews comment could be seen as nothing other than an ill-attempt at using the broadcast spectrum for therapy in working through his shared emotions with those who deny he is a citizen.

Latent in the Birthers of the Nation movement is somehow the antiquated concept of reducing the man who was elected as our President into a subclass of citizenship through a variation of the antebellum, "one-drop" logic. I'm sorry, but whether it's Justice Alito channeling the Joe Wilson spirit of disrespect during the SOTU with a simple mouthed paraphrasing of "You Lie!", or the race-baiting "Real" people Palin claimed to be her base on the campaign trail, but there is subtext of Matthew's comment which is significant in its sad manifestation of those who believe this man, because of his race, is not worthy to be our President.

So when Matthews closed his eyes, for one whole, whopping hour he was able to suspend reality and drink in the illusion that he was hearing the President speak, until heaven forbid, he remembered he was a black man.

Snap!!!

Matthews, "You mean we are on the air... well that's ok, i'm only saying what everyone else believes." No, Mr. Matthews, it's time to step away from the microphone and retire to a porch where you can make such statements in your own private company while rocking in chair with your buddies reminiscing of the good ole days when you didn't have to close your eyes during the STOU to believe who you were listening to was acutally your President and not a black man who does not command your respect. And that is what he said, and that is why he wanted to stuff if back into the social media genie bottle before the retweet machine reduced the nuance to the bare ugly essence behind what it was that he uttered.

Posted by: mediaoffline | January 28, 2010 4:03 AM | Report abuse

This was the very first State of the Union address given by the very first non-white president-- a milestone that will be alluded to for decades to come due to its own uniqueness-- and the man presented it so well that the uniqueness of the moment pales in significance to the message that was ultimately delivered. That's what Chris Matthews was commenting on. He was caught up in the emotion of what he'd just witnessed, and had the courage to say what he was thinking. It wasn't negative or racist-- it was an off-the-cuff, well itentioned complement.

Posted by: stuck_in_the_middle | January 28, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

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