Chris Matthews: Don’t worry, I’ll include some easier questions when I interview Obama

posted at 4:21 pm on December 5, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via the Washington Free Beacon, can we trust a guy who compared himself yesterday to a kid on Christmas Eve to ask tough, newsy questions of the president? The whole point of agreeing to a town hall carried by a liberal cable network, with an audience full of college kids, hosted by someone who cops to getting thrills up his leg at Obama’s oratory, is to let O pitch ObamaCare in the most favorable of media environments. He’s playing tee-ball here, by design. They might as well invite him to wear pajamas. Even the “hard” questions are more likely to be along the lines of “Were you disappointed on launch day that your team had failed you?” than “HOW COULD YOU NOT HAVE KNOWN?” The fact that Matthews has actually allotted time for questions even he thinks will be easy — as well as a “fun” segment at the end — makes me want to watch in morbid curiosity to see how bad it can get. Will there be any tingles mid-program? What would that look like? Is America, as a society, prepared for it?

As for the audience, I’m betting that the disaffected millennials who want to recall Obama will be grossly underrepresented. One interesting tangent on that, though: How come young adults aged 25-29 are still more or less on O’s side whereas younger adults aged 18-24 have soured on him? Emma Roller has a theory:

Intuitively, you’d think younger millennials would be more supportive of Obama because his health law allows them to stay on their parents’ plan longer for free. Why is it the opposite? My working theory: older millennials are more supportive of the president is because they were around to vote for him in 2008, and so have a more visceral tie to his policies.

I asked IOP pollster-in-chief John Della Volpe if he thought my theory was plausible. He responded, “Not only is that plausible but I agree!” So it may not be so much that the 18-24 set likes Obama less; they just don’t risk their egos as much by not supporting him.

No doubt. Older millennials made the purchase psychologically on Hopenchange; it’d have to fall apart completely before they admit it’s a lemon. Younger millennials aren’t similarly invested. There may be another element, though. Some studies suggest that once a person’s political identity is formed in youth, it remains surprisingly steady for the rest of his or her life. Older millennials aren’t just kids who got suckered by Obama hype, they’re voters who, like most of the rest of America, soured on Bush and the GOP because of Dubya’s second term. Unlike most of the rest of America, though, that pro-Democrat/anti-Republican orientation is more apt to endure in their age group because it developed during a formative age for political awareness. They’re sticking with Obama not just for ego-protection, in other words, but because of bona fide partisan identification. Younger millennials are in a different position, having largely missed the Bush years and picked up politics in the Obama years of economic stagnation. They’re not firmly forged Democrats, unlike their slightly older brothers and sisters. That’s good news for the GOP, even if older millennials are now mostly a lost cause.

Anyway, set your DVRs. Exit question: What would constitute a “hard question” for Obama? Matthews seems to think asking him about NSA surveillance qualifies, which is understandable but … not really true, I think. You know what Obama’s going to say — it’s a delicate balance between freedom and security, no one’s more concerned about privacy than he is, he’s convinced that these programs save lives, etc etc. It’s not a hard question if you can guess the answer in advance. But then, that also goes for my hobbyhorse lately about O violating separation of powers. That’s not a hard subject to spin either: The executive branch has some discretion in how it enforces the law and he’s exercising that discretion in ObamaCare’s transitional period to make the program better for Americans. The art of the hard question is in the follow-up, not the initial ask. We’ll see how Tingles does tonight.


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Question #1: “Do you like my hair like this, I did it just for you.

Bishop on December 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Chris Matthews: Don’t worry, I’ll include some easier questions when I interview Obama

Can you see my bald spot when I’m on my knees in front of you?

fogw on December 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Phew, I was worried that it was going to be a hard hitting interview, such as which of his dogs he likes better — with barbecue sauce.

rbj on December 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM

korea tv live via msnbc.

phatfawzi on December 5, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Let the c-ck s-cking begin.
/s

MJBrutus on December 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

“Mr. president, did you know/live with your poor destitute Kenyan uncle, and, if so, how humanitarian of you?”

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:31 PM

“Mr. president, if only you knew how often I shower, just for you”.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hey tingles, How are you going to ask barry questions while sucking on barry’s toes?

crash72 on December 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM

If the USA were Europe Chrissie would do him on regular TV.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM

makes me want to watch in morbid curiosity to see how bad it can get.

The audience will consist of bloggers and journalists who have to watch it and some of the MSNBC crowd who want to watch it. I don’t think LIV Kool-Ade drinkers will bother.

INC on December 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

I’d like to see Mark Levin interview The Liar.

fogw on December 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

OK, this is not a serious comment, but I cannot resist.

Tingles will be so fired up, finally getting to interview the President, that Chris will sexually climax from all the built up excitement, just as he loses control of his bowels.

Matthews will gain notoriety as the first TV personality go simultaneously come and go, in front of a President, on (sorta) national TV.

Sorry for the low humor, but for Tingles, I make an exception.

Grinch on December 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

“Mr President, do you know many MSLSD hosts I had to fight to get this interview?”

nobar on December 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

What’s your favorite color?

Who’s your favorite Stooge?

portlandon on December 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Maybe give hime some milk and cookies.

txdoc on December 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Exit question: What would constitute a “hard question” for Obama?

From Matthews, “Do you sometimes find it hard to put your freshly-creased pants on one leg at a time?”

From Jules Winnfield, “What does Marcellus Wallace look like?”

Steve Eggleston on December 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

I want to hear Matthews ask about bartenders holding Happy Hour for ObamaCare! (I’d love to see one do that).

Who suggests these ideas to Obama anyway? Or did he come up with that one on his own?

INC on December 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Why is this Idiot still on TV??

Seriously, when a person who works for a “news channel”
comes out with statements like this, that channel should
just Fire everyone who works there, and start over…

..or as Ed the talking Horse Schultz once said

“Take a torch to this effing place”

ToddPA on December 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

I think this is going to backfire. People want real answers to real questions right now, but this is going to be a clown show. Hopefully one of those kids will pull an obozo no-no and say “cram it clownie”.

Flange on December 5, 2013 at 4:39 PM

From Jules Winnfield, “What does Marcellus Wallace look like?”

Steve Eggleston on December 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

What?!

Flange on December 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

What?!

Flange on December 5, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Follow-up – “What country you from?”

Steve Eggleston on December 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM

“Have you always been this brilliant?”

sandee on December 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM

“Mr. President, honestly, Kathleen is my second love”

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Please practice safe sex.

hillsoftx on December 5, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Why is Obama Care so awesome?

How many millions of people has Obama Care saved?

Why are the republicans so racist?

How come you haven’t done more illegal diktats for the good of the people?

Did it take you long to personally recode the Obama Care web site?

jukin3 on December 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Obama’s home away from home . . . MSNBC.

rplat on December 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

“Regarding Druncle Omar, were you lying then are now?”…

hillsoftx on December 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

“Welcome Mr. President (giggling, meaningless banter) … Let’s get right too it … if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be? Okay, enough of these tough questions (giggling, meaningless banter) … Tell me Mr. President, have you ever had sex with a cracka? Would you like to? (giggling, meaningless banter) You know, I just loved Roots, and Mandingo is my favorite movie of all time … so, I think I know what you people like … tell me if I’m being too forward … you can call me Blanche if you like … no, go ahead, call me Blanche (giggling, meaningless banter) …”

Pork-Chop on December 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

are=or.

hillsoftx on December 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

‘why are the gop so racist towards you?’

voter suppression here we come

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Meanwhile, heh

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I was wondering why Zero agreed to this interview.

rik on December 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Follow-up – “What country you from?”

Steve Eggleston on December 5, 2013 at 4:41 PM

What?!
That poor kid in that scene was too funny. Just couldn’t comprehend what was going on.

Flange on December 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

OT….Nelson Mandella has died. May he RIP.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

OT….Nelson Mandella has died. May he RIP.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Doubt God will look too favorably on him…..

sandee on December 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Tingles I don’t know who would be worse to watch actually together. I know I’m going to pass. I’m sure they’ll be highlights.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

BREAKING:

Nelson Mandela dies
16s
Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died, President Jacob Zuma announces – broadcast

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:48 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Do you like wet kisses or dry kisses?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on December 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

I’d like to see Mark Levin interview The Liar.

fogw on December 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Two words: Megyn Kelly

She looks so sweet and innocent, but she’s a killer.

Deafdog on December 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Obama’s home away from home . . . MSNBC.

rplat on December 5, 2013 at 4:44 PM

+1

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

OT….Nelson Mandella has died. May he RIP.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

CoffeLover:Thanks CL,..its just breaking:)

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

so the lsm will focus on this instead of tingles hard hitting interview….

oh yeah,poor tingles…

CNN and FOX will give this 24.7 coverage…

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

When Obama finishes, will Chris swallow or spit some out?

Wallythedog on December 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I’m betting there are some questions along these lines:

Are all of the Republicans racist, or just most of them?

Why do you think the Republicans hate this country so much that they won’t support your signature legislation, Obamacare?

How much better would things be if you did not have any pesky Republican opposition in the House?

Is Michelle ready to run in 2016?

michigansahd on December 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Chris, I’m not worried you might ask him any hard questions. I am somewhat concerned you’re going to jump up and start dry humping his leg however.

KMC1 on December 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Exit question: What would constitute a “hard question” for Obama?

Coming from Matthews: Whom would you favor in a dogfight between Bo and Sunny?

Steve Z on December 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

michigansahd on December 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

+1

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM

And the guy is still talking and talking and talking canopfor LOL.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

God help us all.

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Chris Matthews: Don’t worry, I’ll include some easier questions when I interview Obama

Easier? I don’t think it’s possible to go any easier on 0bama than the “press” has for the past 5 or 6 years.

UltimateBob on December 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

OT….Nelson Mandella has died. May he RIP.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Time for another 0bama photo op!

/too soon?

UltimateBob on December 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Chris: “How are you doing Mister President?”

The questions will be softballs from there.

Ukiah on December 5, 2013 at 4:55 PM

michigansahd on December 5, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Yeah, that’s about it. Any other hard questions will be from the left…. Why the hell didn’t you go for single payer right from the getgo?!

WisRich on December 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

UltimateBob on December 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

oh no…not with this guy

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Is it true that leading up to this interview, Dems have been cornered the market on Vasoline futures?

BuckeyeSam on December 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

“You are as great as Mandela”

Schadenfreude on December 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

“What’s it like looking in a mirror and seeing You looking back?”

Maddie on December 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

The fact that Matthews has actually allotted time for questions even he thinks will be easy — as well as a “fun” segment at the end — makes me want to watch in morbid curiosity to see how bad it can get. Will there be any tingles mid-program? What would that look like?

Who do you like better Piers or me? I mean, if you only could pick one of us? I mean if I pretended to have a British accent and maybe, started to work out? Me? Ri-i-ight?

Fallon on December 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM


BREAKING:

Nelson Mandela dies

When your 95 years old and have been majorly ill for over 6 months, Breaking News, not so much

Wallythedog on December 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Will there be any tingles mid-program? What would that look like?

Like this.

whatcat on December 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

so the lsm will focus on this instead of tingles hard hitting interview….

oh yeah,poor tingles…

CNN and FOX will give this 24.7 coverage…

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM

cmsinaz:

Exactly, and now the entire Obama staff will be jetting off to Africa
for the funeral, morphing into a vacation/golf trip!:)

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Mr. President we have our 3pm slot open on MSNBC. We will save it for you to host.

gerrym51 on December 5, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Time for another 0bama photo op!

/too soon?

UltimateBob on December 5, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Staring wistfully at a picture of Mandela. It probably was taken weeks ago and held for release by the White House photographer/propaganda machine.

Fallon on December 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

for sure…obama, michelle and valerie

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

Nelson Mandela – RIP.

Can’t wait for Obama’s “Honoring Mandela” photo featuring…Obama.

WisRich on December 5, 2013 at 5:03 PM

We’ll see how Tingles does tonight.

Er, no.

SomeCallMeJohn on December 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Anyway, set your DVRs. Exit question: What would constitute a “hard question” for Obama?
======================

Where the h*ll were you really,on the night of the Benghazi botched
gun running assassination??

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 4:59 PM

for sure…obama, michelle and valerie

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 5:02 PM

cmsinaz:You read my mind:0

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Nelson Mandela dies
1m
President Obama to deliver a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela at 5:20 pm ET tonight in the White House briefing room – @lesleyclark
read more on twitter.com

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

“Welcome Mr. President, this interview must come as a relief to you. I mean what’s better really, the website going down or me going down?”

fogw on December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

cmsinaz:You read my mind:0

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

:)

cmsinaz on December 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

That’s my question too.

I’ll take the next one. You just came on the lie about not knowing/living with Uncle Obama, you lied about a video causing Benghazi, you lied about Ocare, you lied about blah, blah, blah….why should anyone believe you any longer????

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

No doubt. Older millennials made the purchase psychologically on Hopenchange; it’d have to fall apart completely before they admit it’s a lemon. Younger millennials aren’t similarly invested.

Older millenials who are not insured and do not qualify for Medicaid are not going to pay the much expensive Obamacare insurance rather than pay the much cheaper 1% of their salary even if they worship Obama… Money comes first and way higher in their life than Obama… They are not going to pay $ 2,500 a year for Obamacare crappy insurance when they can pay $ 500 a year as as fine for not purchasing the insurance just to make Obama happy…

mnjg on December 5, 2013 at 5:12 PM

We’ll see how Tingles does tonight.

Correction, A.P,: You’ll see. Thank you in advance for doing a job this American won’t do.

notropis on December 5, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Wonder if Moochelle will turn out like Winnie ??

rik on December 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

…makes me want to watch in morbid curiosity to see how bad it can get.

What’s the over/under on how long it takes before Chrissy orgasms in his pants?

Midas on December 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Oh I’m sure he’ll be hard during every question asked to Obama…

nextgen_repub on December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

Nelson Mandela dies
1m
President Obama to deliver a statement on the passing of Nelson Mandela at 5:20 pm ET tonight in the White House briefing room

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

A statement? What’s he going to do, blame it on a Youtube video?

UltimateBob on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

omg….O has turned his remarks on Mandela to himself (I I I I I. He is such a classless POS.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 5:29 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:05 PM

That’s my question too.

I’ll take the next one. You just came on the lie about not knowing/living with Uncle Obama, you lied about a video causing Benghazi, you lied about Ocare, you lied about blah, blah, blah….why should anyone believe you any longer????

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

CoffeeLover:

Oooh,those are good ones too,and here is another poll,
on Hopey—–:0
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Ohio, US
2h
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NBC/WSJ focus group: None of the 11 Cincinnati-area voters polled describe themselves as ‘proud’ or ‘satisfied’ with President Obama – @NBCPolitics
read more on nbcnews.com
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http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/12/05/21773814-middle-america-assails-washington-machine-as-indifferent-and-above-us?lite

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:34 PM

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:06 PM

A statement? What’s he going to do, blame it on a Youtube video?

UltimateBob on December 5, 2013 at 5:28 PM

UltimateBob:

Interesting,

I’m going with the Vast RightWing Conspricacy Cabal
Death Ray,..that can reach out and snuff anyone at will!
(snark)

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 5:36 PM

keep them coming canopfor. We’ve all waited a long time for some of the tide turning?

BTW, does any of your feeds talk about the whales stuck in the Everglades? When they had to leave the whales last night, they hadn’t moved them very far. I’m hoping they got out.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Do you like more tongue action or a harder suck?

Want my hands behind my back or should I use them?

jukin3 on December 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM

Sorry, I’ve got more to do with my life than watch Tingles given King Barack oral satisfaction.

GarandFan on December 5, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Darn. I thought about Chrissy and wanted to post a Youtube clip of the infamous Goodnight Kiss scene from ‘Seven Girlfriends’. Alas, there is not one to be found. It would seem to fit perfectly.

trigon on December 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

keep them coming canopfor. We’ve all waited a long time for some of the tide turning?

BTW, does any of your feeds talk about the whales stuck in the Everglades? When they had to leave the whales last night, they hadn’t moved them very far. I’m hoping they got out.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 5:39 PM

CoffeeLover: Yup, and I wonder how they got in that predictament:)
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BREAKING NEWS
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Whales stranded in Everglades National Park
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2h
A total of 11 pilot whales have died, 35 were found alive and 6 are missing after pods became stranded near Florida Everglades – @nbc6
read more on nbcmiami.com

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/whales-stranded-in-everglades-national-park/

canopfor on December 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

First question:

“Oh, Lord, why hast thou forsaken me”?

hepcat on December 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

thanks canopfor. I hope they continue the path out of there.

CoffeeLover on December 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Chris Matthews: Don’t worry, I’ll include some easier questions when I interview Obama

That’s the best laugh I’ve had in a month. Was anyone, anywhere, thinking that Chrissy would be tough on Obama?

RJL on December 5, 2013 at 6:36 PM

White house upset that Mandela died to late to be included in Tingle’s interview. Cannot depend on anyone to do what they need anymore.

rik on December 5, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I’m speculating on what Obama might say about Mandela:

“I know how honored Nelson Mandela felt in 2009, when he heard that the Nobel Peace Prize, an award he had won in 1993, had been awarded to me. For someone to win an award which was later presented to me is a rare and distinctive honor …”

J.S.K. on December 5, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Like almost everyone else still not watching. Oh by the way even easy questions are above you Mr matthews

scboy on December 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Chris Matthews: Don’t worry, I’ll include some easier questions when I interview Obama

“Is being you even more wonderful than knowing you?”

In the biblical sense, where Tingles is concerned. He might want to look up exactly what happened in Sodom and Gomorrah right after that.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

obama better bring secret service to the interview as ole tingles will try to have gay sex with the guy

sniffles1999 on December 6, 2013 at 9:58 AM

the one question i would like to see someone ask is this

MR President since you said
IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH CARE PLAN YOU CAN KEEP IT, PERIOD.

And we cant
are you a total LIAR or INCOMPETENT.

And how can we trust anything you say in the future?

sniffles1999 on December 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Matthews:

Mr. President, would it make me gay if I wanted to blow you?

POTUS:

Chris, I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes. Go ahead.

Syd B. on December 6, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Ever notice that all journalists sound the same, with a schlong down their throat?

Demonized on December 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM