Matthews: Uh, I meant that everyone else forgot Obama was black

posted at 12:15 pm on January 28, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Matthews decided that he needed to clarify his earlier remark about how the SOTU speech made him forget that Barack Obama was black. Unfortunately, Matthews seems to have a confusion now over cause and effect. He claims that growing up in a segregated nation gives him better insight into the meaning of Obama being President, and that Obama has just now started to lead this country from its past. Rachel Maddow looks unconvinced at the end:

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For most of us, the fact that this nation elected Obama as President showed that those divisions no longer exist in practical terms. Obama’s leadership had very little to do with this; he’s the effect of decades of civil-rights efforts to bring down those barriers. Matthews has it exactly backwards. John Kennedy may not have had an African-American cabinet member, but his successor did, and we have had African-Americans in high federal office for at least five decades. His “at least in presidential politics” qualifier is exceedingly strange after an address to Congress, which has a strong and influential Congressional Black Caucus.

Besides, it’s somewhat amusing to see Matthews sparkling over a color-blind society when he repeatedly accuses people of latent racism in opposition to Obama’s policies, on a network that features no African-American show hosts, and whose news anchor sees racism in pickup trucks. The problem with Matthews’ original comment and his “clarification” is that the rest of the nation has moved on from seeing issues through a race-oriented lens, while Matthews insists on clinging to it — with embarrassing results, as with his analysis of Obama’s SOTU speech.


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HOw does this guy keep his job? They fired Imus for less than this.

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

Ed, that was a particularly pithy and well-conceived article.

Sowell Disciple on January 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I’m wondering how the Olbermann and Garofalo
discussion will see this…

elderberry on January 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

karenhasfreedom on January 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM

because the heads of msdnc are of the same mind…ergo, he will stay on as long as they are operational…

cmsinaz on January 28, 2010 at 1:20 PM

You look tired, Chris.

blatantblue on January 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

It’s not just his looks, BB, his whole thought process is tired.

It’s a Donk thing.

Bruno Strozek on January 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM

What a miserable, arrogant fakkin’ racist Matthews is.

LimaLimaMikeFoxtrot on January 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM

When Joy Behar is three steps above you in the ratings…kinda says it all….wouldn’t you say??

PatriotRider on January 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

Y’see, Chrissy, this is the deal. I do not have to pretend that Obama is not black. In fact, I fully recognize that he is black, and I do not have to for one second — much less one hour — disrespect his full personhood because of it. I do not have to subtract any part of who he is in order make him acceptable to me or anyone else. Moreover, sir, I can even celebrate that he is black because I can recognize his full humanity as an American who shares with all of us the pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. No American needs to hide in the shadows when the light of freedom fully exposes the potential in each of us. You see, as C.S. Lewis says, the light of Truth takes us out of the muck of some bland sameness, and elevates us to the glory that God intends for us. On the other hand, your perversion of the liberties granted to each of us condemns us to mediocrity and futility. You, sir, are an agent of darkness, not enlightenment. Mr. Matthews, sir, you owe each and every American an apology for the poison that you peddle as intellectualism.

Yes, Barack Obama is a black man. I can accept that. I can handle the implications of whatever that may mean, if anything. I cannot, however, accept the fact that he swims in the same philosophical cesspool that you do, sir, and for that he should be held accountable. As should you. You are not to be commended for your patronizing “open mindedness”. Instead, you should be fired for the moral sinkhole that you have become. Please, just gather your things, and get the hell out!

ObjectionSustained on January 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Monochromatic…

Seven Percent Solution on January 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM

It doesn’t take a PhD in psychology to tell you that Chrissy’s obsession with Obama’s race suggests that Chrissy has some pretty ugly racist notions, which he is projecting on the rest of us. Your race problem is your problem, Chrissy. Man up and admit it. And, please, let us know when Obama does something that will allow us to forget he’s a socialist for an hour. That is our obsession.

Rational Thought on January 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Chris Who?

Iblis on January 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

I didn’t forget. It doesn’t matter.

unclesmrgol on January 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Matthews is just an open example of liberal thought. Constantly ‘tagging’ people by race, color or creed…..and plotting how to use it to their advantage.

GarandFan on January 28, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Y’see, Chrissy, this is the deal. I do not have to pretend that Obama is not black. In fact, I fully recognize that he is black, and I do not have to for one second — much less one hour — disrespect his full personhood because of it. I do not have to subtract any part of who he is in order make him acceptable to me or anyone else. Moreover, sir, I can even celebrate that he is black because I can recognize his full humanity as an American who shares with all of us the pursuit of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. No American needs to hide in the shadows when the light of freedom fully exposes the potential in each of us. You see, as C.S. Lewis says, the light of Truth takes us out of the muck of some bland sameness, and elevates us to the glory that God intends for us. On the other hand, your perversion of the liberties granted to each of us condemns us to mediocrity and futility. You, sir, are an agent of darkness, not enlightenment. Mr. Matthews, sir, you owe each and every American an apology for the poison that you peddle as intellectualism.

Yes, Barack Obama is a black man. I can accept that. I can handle the implications of whatever that may mean, if anything. I cannot, however, accept the fact that he swims in the same philosophical cesspool that you do, sir, and for that he should be held accountable. As should you. You are not to be commended for your patronizing “open mindedness”. Instead, you should be fired for the moral sinkhole that you have become. Please, just gather your things, and get the hell out!

ObjectionSustained on January 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Bravo! As Rush pointed out, I wonder what Chris thought about him for the other 10 minutes he was speaking? His speech was 70 mins long!

Califemme on January 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

The left will never be color blind. Never.

madmonkphotog on January 28, 2010 at 1:56 PM

Maybe Chris passed a stone during the address. Regained conciousness with visions of him singing “Ebondy and Ivory” with Barry, maybe even sitting in his lap while potus played. In which case they’d have both felt a trickle down their leg.
Chris Mathews is better than the best episode of “Office” for cryeye.

onomo on January 28, 2010 at 2:06 PM

I believe Freudians call it “projection”.

RobCon on January 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM

CM keeps reaching for that memorable insight on our first half african half american president. But sorry Rachel, groping around that clumsily doesn’t qualify as “big thinking”. Lay off the sauce Chris, though it’s not possible for leftys like you to feel embarrassment – think of your family.

ontherocks on January 28, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I never did see Obama as a black candidate or a black President, just as a candidate and President. That’s probably why I saw his policies and intentions clearer than people like Matthews who were looking at him through their politically-correct racial politics beer goggles. One thing that Obama’s election and presidency has taught me is how rife with racism the left is, and how most of their accusations of that fault against others has to do with projection of their own character.

Socratease on January 28, 2010 at 2:09 PM

It would have been fun to watch banned communist bleeds blue spin this one…

daesleeper on January 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM

We’re all racists,
Except for Chrissy Matthews.
We should be like him!

Haiku Guy on January 28, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Matthews is so strung out on race. I don’t know anyone else who is so prolific on the “race issue” that really isn’t there at all.

elclynn on January 28, 2010 at 2:19 PM

It would have been fun to watch banned communist bleeds blue spin this one…

daesleeper on January 28, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I am certain that the reluctant BHO lever puller would be able to school us all in the ramifications of how Chris Mathews, based upon his history as a supporter, could never *eyeroll* be accused of racism because pinheads such as blue could discern the racism by his history, never mind that he doesn’t know Mathews.

ted c on January 28, 2010 at 2:25 PM

I like to apply the same criteria to observations about racism as the old grade-school thingy about farts – “Them that smelt it, dealt it.”

“Them what say it, display it.”

drunyan8315 on January 28, 2010 at 2:26 PM

In terms of ratings, MSNBC is a cable-access channel.

logis on January 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I almost forgot that Chris Matthews is an idiot.

hepcat on January 28, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Unlike Mr Tingles, we won’t forget he’s black. Or half-black. Or whatever. Unlike Mr Tingles, we really don’t care except insofar that we lament that his pigmentation made it easier for some to justify voting for such a basely unqualified individual.

Now, Mr Matthews once worked for the least capable white President of the past century. Through his remark, is Chris inferring that Obama reminds him of his former boss?

JEM on January 28, 2010 at 3:38 PM

Matthews is right…. I don’t hate Obama because he’s black. I hate him because he’s an evil anti-American Marxist hell bent on destroying the nation.

BTW, IMO the stupidest thing about Mr. Thrill’s comment is that he’s contradicting his point by making the comment. He obviously didn’t “forget” the was black, because that’s clearly all he can think to talk about.

Oh, and one other thing… Does anyone honestly think if he wasn’t black, he’d be anyone? Do you think a white Barry O’Bama would have been boosted through Chicago politics by black community organizers and communists, anti-semetic churches, etc.? Do you think white Barry O’Bama with virtually no experience in anything, unless you count occassional off the cuff comments revealing what an extremist he is, would quickly jump to the US Senate and immediately be running for, and later win the presidency?

Let’s face it, a lot of people voted for “the cool black guy”… Despite outward appearance, I can only imagine how these people must feel inside, given what they’ve done.

If you’re one of these dolts, sign your name here:

http://www.iamsorryivotedforobama.com/

RightWinged on January 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Bloviating and eructating sphinter; typical of msnbc

jgdp on January 28, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Actually until I saw this article I quiet forgot that Chris Matthews existed.

enginemike on January 28, 2010 at 4:20 PM

What Chris meant to say is: That boy talks just like us white folk…

right2bright on January 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

So we were shopping at Path Mark and I asked my wife to go get some green beans. She came back, put the beans in the cart and said, “You know, for the entire walk over to the produce section, I forgot that Obama was black.”

Kevin M on January 28, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Oh my God, did you hear what Rush Limbaugh just said? He said that he forgot Obama was black for an hour! That filthy racist! We need to get Jesse Jackson on the phone RIGHT NOW so Rush can apologize (“apologize, apologize….kiss it!) and then scream about the blatant racism of ALL republicans and conservatives for weeks on end because this is clear PROOF that ALL republicans and conservatives harbor the most racist thoughts ever to be seen……..

Huh? That was Chris Matthews? The pasty white guy from MSNBC?

Uh, never mind, he’s a good leftist, he could never say anything racist, therefore that thing he said, that if the pasty white Rush had said would have been clearly racist, is not in fact racist.

/bleedsblue

runawayyyy on January 28, 2010 at 6:16 PM

What the hell do you think the drive by media would be saying if Rush,Hannity ,Beck,Levin or Gov Palin had said the same thing last night.You know damn well that they would be calling not only for there firing but for them to be charge with a hate crime.Olbermann and Maddow would be having a Fred Sandford heart attack.

thmcbb on January 28, 2010 at 7:41 PM

WOW! How dumb is he! Why is he talking? It’s not like he has anything to say from a man tool who lacks all credibility!…So is that close to how he spoke of Palin?..: o )

P.S…Dear Pris,..please suck-up and bust.

christene on January 28, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Soo… when does Olberdouche give him a good tongue wagging for 12+ minutes repeatedly calling him out as a racist?

*crickets*

UncleOlaf on January 29, 2010 at 6:39 AM

I almost forget that Matthews is a poor white guy that enjoys hearing himself babble about himself.

MSGTAS on January 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

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