Thursday, January 28, 2010
7477: Chris Matthews Forgot He Was Clueless.
From The New York Daily News…
Chris Matthews on Obama State of the Union address: ‘I forgot he was black’
By Neil Nagraj
Daily News Staff Writer
Loose-lipped MSNBC talking head Chris Matthews has unleashed a flood of Internet chatter with the odd remark he “forgot he [Obama] was black.”
Analyzing Obama’s State of the Union address, he called the President “post-racial” before saying, “I forgot he was black tonight for an hour. He’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country and past so much history in just a year or two. I mean it’s something we don’t even think about.
“I was watching and I said, wait a minute, he’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people and there he is, President of the United States, and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it.”
In an appearance later in the evening on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow, Matthews attempted to clarify his earlier comments.
He was trying to say Obama’s leadership has shattered a black-white divide in American politics, he told Maddow, calling his feelings upon hearing Obama’s speech an “epiphany.”
“Chris Matthews forgot he was black” was high on Google’s list of hot Web searches Thursday morning.
This isn’t the first time Matthews has made an unusual remark that set tongues wagging. Covering the Potomac primaries for MSNBC, Matthews said he “felt this thrill going up my leg” listening to Obama speak.