Video: Chris Matthews pretty grumpy about Gallup poll naming Reagan greatest U.S. president

posted at 9:06 pm on February 21, 2011 by Allahpundit

He’s right that presidents in living memory overperform in these things, and Reagan probably got a bump this year from coverage of the centennial of his birth and the conservative resurgence last November. Three points, though. One: Er, Lincoln finished second, Washington came fifth, and FDR finished sixth. Not a bad showing for long-dead presidents, and it would have been even better had the lasting, absurd Boomer fascination with JFK not propelled him to fourth. Two: Is this really an argument Matthews wants to make on the very day that his new hagiography of Bill Clinton debuts? (Actual title: “President of the World.”) Talk about grading recent mediocrities on a curve.

And third: Isn’t there someone else on this list who proves his thesis much more elegantly? Good lord, America. How high would unemployment have to be to get The One knocked down to eighth place? Click the image to watch.


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Hey Chris: Hahahahahahahaahaaa…

petefrt on February 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

How high would unemployment have to be to get The One knocked down to eighth place? Click the image to watch.

Obama will be forgotten much like Taft or Harding in about 20 years.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Please I want to watch Matthews on Election Night 2012 if Palin beats the Wrecking Ball!

V-A Day——–November 6, 2012. (Morning returns to America!!!)

PappyD61 on February 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Clinton, JFK and FDR rate higher than Obama for the Dem presidents. That has got to infuriate the historic first African American president.

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

hahahahahahahahahahaha.

Just flipping through the cable guide and came across WGBH Boston (PBS) Americab Experience and it says this for the short description:

“Jimmy Carter.” The failings if President Jimmy…

And I couldn’t help but think of Chrissy. And now this! My night is complete.

TheBigOldDog on February 21, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Obama will be forgotten much like Taft or Harding in about 20 years.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Hopefully not! His frightening legacy needs to be burned in the nation’s collective memory for at least as long as Hoover’s and Wilson’s have been.

txmomof6 on February 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Obama will be forgotten ridiculed much like Taft or Harding Carter in about 20 years

FIFTY

Mini-14 on February 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

Lincoln second? Please. There’s Lincoln…then Washington…then the rest.

tgharris on February 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Mathews always gets frustrated with reality doesn’t match his narrative.

SlaveDog on February 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Poor Chrissy…..growing more and more IRRELEVANT every day.

GarandFan on February 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Mathews always gets frustrated with when reality doesn’t match his narrative.

SlaveDog on February 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

FIFM

SlaveDog on February 21, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Actually on V-A Day………I’ll be glad to see ALMOST anyone beat the Wrecking Ball!

Chris…….think about it!!! Hehehehe

PappyD61 on February 21, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Obama will be forgotten much like Taft or Harding in about 20 years.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

I don`t think we`ll ever forget Obama. Never before has there been such an overtly anti-American president.

ThePrez on February 21, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Awwwwww Whaddamada widow miss priss,

Mad cause your heart throb leg thrill didn’t make it ??

Booohoooooo!!!

cableguy615 on February 21, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Why even give the lowest rated tv host the time of day?

CCRWM on February 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

How can Obama be on this list. He hasn’t finished the job yet. H@ll, he hasn’t started yet.

Electrongod on February 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Whatever happened to that special speech on gun control from Obama that Chris Matthews said was coming?

Mark1971 on February 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Good lord, America. How high would unemployment have to be to get The One knocked down to eighth place?

Seriously!!!

But it was worth it to see Tingles heart sink when he read Reagan’s name. Their was so much heartache there!

Lance Murdock on February 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Awww.

Chrissie, Chrissie, Chrissie.

You’re so purty when your mad.

Those of you who don’t know me, look up facetious.

hillbillyjim on February 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Not sure which makes me happier: seeing RR rated so highly or seeing Matthews so miffed.

Red State State of Mind on February 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Straitjacket, lobster bib, propeller cap,…just free associating about this hack

50sGuy on February 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Lincoln finished second, Washington came fifth, and FDR finished sixth.

Lincoln was the second-worst wartime Commander In Chief America ever had.

FDR was the best Communist President in American history. Which technically puts him out of the running, assuming the word “President” is as described by the United States Constitution.

Many Presidents affected the course of this nation, but without George Washington, there wouldn’t BE a United States of America. So the number one spot will always be his.

Ronald Reagan would have said that his ranking should be below that of Calvin Coolidge — but he would be wrong.

logis on February 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

The fact Obama isn’t 44th shows there are lots of stupid Americans.

angryed on February 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Didn’t he work for the worthless one, the lets let Iran overthrow the Shaw, the lets all wear a sweater, the 17% interests rate, the high unemployment/inflation President… All things that Reagan had to fix and fixed well enough to win his second term in an historic landslide victory over the vice worthless one?

Gwillie on February 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Gee, I remember when this blowhard used to praise Reagan and criticize Clinton back in his 1990s CNBC days. I haven’t watched him since the tacky incident that inspired Zell Miller to defend the Boss Emeritus’s honor.

Terrie on February 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

Do they have a crew that inflates him before he goes on the air for his nightly squawk out to the O-Ministration? Geesh. He looks like he’s in pain or something.

The price of capitulation.

/Phart, Chris. Just… Phart
(Peter Griffin)

Key West Reader on February 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

I love the bewildered look on Chrissie’a face, no need to “click the image” and ruin the mood… lol

Fallon on February 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

The One knocked down to eighth place?

That’s just a show of how pathetic Obama is….. he gets the #1 spot from 12% (Black) of the population no matter how retarded he shows himself to be……. Every president since George Washington is really going after the remaining 88%…. even with a lead like that Barry can’t do any better..

Bwahahahahahaha

roflmao

donabernathy on February 21, 2011 at 9:28 PM

People with “Limited Memory” Chris? More like people educated in public schools who were never taught the names of Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Jackson …..

mdenis39 on February 21, 2011 at 9:30 PM

How high would unemployment have to be to get The One knocked down to eighth place?

Obama will be forgotten much like Taft or Harding in about 20 years.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

You’re both being way too hard on Obama. Give him some time.

On the day Obama was elected, he was the Most Exalted God-King Of Eternity. By 2013, Obama will make Jimmy Carter look like he wasn’t even TRYING for the spot of Worst President Ever.

logis on February 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

How can Obama be on this list. He hasn’t finished the job yet. H@ll, he hasn’t started yet.

Electrongod on February 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Good one.

NeoKong on February 21, 2011 at 9:31 PM

I’d offer you a tissue, Chris….but I don’t wanna. Use Maddows sleeve!

capejasmine on February 21, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Is that “spittle” on his chin Obowma’s or Clinton’s…?

… Tough one to call.

Seven Percent Solution on February 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Lincoln second? Please. There’s Lincoln…then Washington…then the rest.

tgharris on February 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Obozo should be recognized as a Lincoln wannabe. Lincoln was the master of the War of Northern Aggression, and Obozo is the sock-puppet for the War against the Constitution.

belad on February 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

He’s like an ugly, moron looking version of Ricky Schroeder.

blatantblue on February 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Matthews threw kind of a little Chrissy fit, didn’t he?

scotash on February 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM

KUDOS to Tingles for one thing and for one thing only : his idiotic show, which he has been promoting all day, it pre-empting Special Ed. Who I guarantee is ranting and raving because he was doing so well in front of those Wisconsin loons.

I caught Tingles on Today for a second. Did you know, well Tinkles says, that Reagan was loved by 80 percent of the world and Nixon 30 percent and Obama 90 percent and Clinton 100 percent!? Well now you do.

Marcus on February 21, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Hey Chris, is that tingle bi-directional?

Electrongod on February 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Matthews threw kind of a little Chrissy fit, didn’t he?
scotash on February 21, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Now, that’s funny right there. I don’t care who you are.:D

Tennman on February 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Hilarious…..

How many will be watching tingles tonight…..

I’m thinking slim to none

cmsinaz on February 21, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Many Presidents affected the course of this nation, but without George Washington, there wouldn’t BE a United States of America.

And that’s something we should all remember today, on the legal observance of Washington’s Birthday.

Here’s a happy Washington’s Birthday from cartoonist Brad Neely. (CAUTION: This 2-minute video is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.)

Emperor Norton on February 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Hey Chris, is that tingle bi-directional?

Electrongod on February 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Bi-coastal…

Gohawgs on February 21, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Does that skid-mark tingle Chrissy?

wheelgun on February 21, 2011 at 9:48 PM

Let me c…..

Reagan brought down the Soviet Union and ended the cold war….

Clinton got BeJ’s……

yep that sounds about right

roflmao

donabernathy on February 21, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Obama is number 7 for what?

He should NEVER be forgotten so as to NEVER be repeated.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Who’s Chris Matthews?
I think he just says stuff like this in hopes of getting posted on HA.

JellyToast on February 21, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Chrissy’s tingle has turned into Sciatica

Kini on February 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Kini on February 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Are you a member of Michelle Malkin’s site?..:)

Dire Straits on February 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM

Hey, I object; -doesn’t Double-A count in grading presidents?

Everything Bammie ever ‘achieved’ in his entire life was via Double-A, it’s kind of a ripoff to take it away from him now.

slickwillie2001 on February 21, 2011 at 10:10 PM

In a couple of days, a new MSNBC poll will set everything back in order…

Hog Wild on February 21, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Yeah, the Reagan campaign kicked his guy square in the nuts. The only consolation was Mondale being beat even worse. This must … just … tear him apart.

BAWAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

hawkdriver on February 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

A Chrissy hissy fit. What’s new?

Jvette on February 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Obama is number 7 for what?

He should NEVER be forgotten so as to NEVER be repeated.

Schadenfreude on February 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

On CNN this PM and O was on second place. Dunno what place he earned at the end of the poll. Facepalm moment and change of channel soon afterwards.

Q: Why is Calvin Coolidge not mentioned? Forgotten?

ProudPalinFan on February 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Good lord, America

You are right Mr A.
America’s lord is no longer the Lord of its beginnings. And all many care about is fiscal conservatism.

maynila on February 21, 2011 at 10:50 PM

FDR was the best Communist President in American history. Which technically puts him out of the running, assuming the word “President” is as described by the United States Constitution.

logis on February 21, 2011 at 9:25 PM


But, but, but… he gave that lovely speech on December 8, 1941.

Demosthenes on February 21, 2011 at 10:54 PM

I’m usually only this crude and blunt when I’ve been drinking, but I’ll make an exception here.

Matthews is a twat.

ynot4tony2 on February 21, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Not a bad showing for long-dead presidents, and it would have been even better had the lasting, absurd Boomer fascination with JFK not propelled him to fourth.

Boomer fascination with Kennedy? Wow.

I’m no Democrat but I am a reader and a student of history. John F. Kennedy had this ridiculous notion that this country…….America……..should be given back to the people. He was murdered for it. This country died with JFK.

I’m surprised you are so flippant about it.

David2.0 on February 21, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Q: Why is Calvin Coolidge not mentioned? Forgotten?
ProudPalinFan on February 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Calvin Coolidge didn’t start a war or trash the economy. All he did was end a depression and lead America into peace and prosperity.

So from the point of view of liberals (who tend to write most of the history books) he was a complete failure.

logis on February 22, 2011 at 12:18 AM

He was murdered for it. This country died with JFK.

I’m surprised you are so flippant about it.

David2.0 on February 21, 2011 at 11:55 PM

He was murdered for….what? Were you alive then, or did you pick that up in a WI school possibly. What did he do to give American back to the people? Who had it? The country died with JFK? Man, humm

whbates on February 22, 2011 at 12:24 AM

When will this a$$hat just go away ?. Thank God and Greyhound Olby is gone !!!

hamradio on February 22, 2011 at 12:29 AM

David2.0 on February 21, 2011 at 11:55 PM

Oh please. Kennedy is the most overrated president in our history. He was a bumbling amateur and his on-the-job training nearly started World War III. Had he not been assassinated he would likely have lost the election of 1964 and gone down in history as very mediocre one-term president.

He was murdered by a lefty that thought he was being too hard on communism. It had nothing whatsoever to do with ‘giving back to the people’.

slickwillie2001 on February 22, 2011 at 12:31 AM

Wasn’t going to watch until I read a few comments…

Hey Chris: Hahahahahahahaahaaa…

Not sure which makes me happier: seeing RR rated so highly or seeing Matthews so miffed.

kind got me in the mood…
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I will say that Tinkles put a nice bow on it all when he says…
‘the best movie ever is the one I just watched’… or in this case ‘the One he’s watching’.
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Kinda explains how Obarry isn’t last… Or better yet, worst than all so far and even the next few… no matter who they be.
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Years from now a trivia question on the 12th grade history final…
Which American president was known as Zero?-

RalphyBoy on February 22, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Chris is all Butt-Hurt ’cause his Bromance Buddy has slipped.

OldeSCfan on February 22, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Chris Matthews is a sycophant. Motivation for his sucking up? Staying employed. No one is as delusional as Matthews “Acts”

Bill Clinton is probably one of the best “politicians” of our time. That’s not about liking or not liking Clinton. That’s just giving the Devil his due ;)

Speaking of the Devil, George W Bush – Mr Misunderestimated would be right up there with Clinton ranking of politicians.

Maybe a better question isn’t who is the best US President, but who was the best politician.

Dr Evil on February 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM

Obama will be forgotten much like Taft or Harding in about 20 years.

SouthernGent on February 21, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Obama will have played far too significant a role in severely damaging this country for decades for him to drop to relative obscurity like that.

Oh, no – people are going to remember President Obama for a very long time.

Midas on February 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM

OVAL

OFFICE

SEX

ROMPS

May have something to do with it.

franksalterego on February 22, 2011 at 9:25 AM

This has got to be an act on Matthews part. He can’t possibly be serious about Obama. Can he? Maybe he just wants invitations to see Barry and Michelle once we kick them out.

jeanie on February 22, 2011 at 9:27 AM

There is a lot for Chris Matthews to be grumpy about these days. Maybe, if he’s not careful, he’ll toss a thrombosis.

kens on February 22, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Chrissy is just pissy about the Dems losing TOTAL control and he know that Zero now has to actually govern like a leader has to when he doesn’t have a rbber stamp, and he knows Zero isn’t up to that challenge. He also can’t cover the gargantuan pile of steaming bad decisions Zero has made along with the world falling apart around Zero’s watch when the exact opposite SHOULD be happening according to the faithfull Kum Bay ya-ers that predicted the world falling at Zero’s feet and putting some lovin on america because of Zero.

Its all so disaappointing to Crissy, hence the pissy when the arch enemy REAGAN was critened numero uno Pressidente.

44Magnum on February 22, 2011 at 11:34 AM

To be completely honest, I would never know Chrissy exists if it wasn’t for Hot Air. This buffoon is not worth the time to change the channels.

volsense on February 22, 2011 at 12:16 PM