Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball” on MSNBC launched into pretty ignorant drivel on air following President Obama’s address last night, calling the president truly “post-racial” before adding, “I forgot he was black for an hour.” SMH. Look under the hood for a video and transcript of Matthews comments below:
Here’s a transcript of what he said:
I was trying to think about who he was tonight. It’s interesting; he is post-racial, by all appearances. 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. I think it was in the scope of the discussion, it was so broad ranging, so in tune with so many problems and aspects and aspects of American life. That you don’t think in terms of the old tribalism and the old ethnicity. It was astounding in that regard, a very subtle fact. It’s so hard to even talk about it. Maybe I shouldn’t talk about it, but I am.
And if you prefer to watch:
Later, Matthews attempted to smooth over his remarks on air with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow by saying he had been trying to articulate an “epiphany” he experienced during Mr. Obama’s speech, sensing that the president had transcended race, that he had somehow gotten everyone beyond black-and-white issues.
Gee gosh by golly Chris, why yes that is a black man standing in front of a whole bunch of white people! Maybe next time he talks for an hour, maybe you should focus on what he was saying and not the color of his skin!
Some advice for people with epiphanies — if you have to TRY to articulate it, why don’t you wait until you’ve got that part all sorted out before you put your foot in your mouth? Some folks seem in an awful hurry to get past this “race” thing. Wonder why that is…