SMH: Chris Matthews On Obama “I Forgot He Was Black”

- By Bossip Staff

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…


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  • ikeepit100!

    These damm DEVILS will not stop……SMH

  • JoVah

    Chris is pretty liberal and he supported Obama through his election on CNBC. So, I think this was just a stupid moment for him. Like Harry Reid. Chris doesn’t hate Obama, I listen to him a lot. Ignorant statement for sure. He’s no Rush Limbaugh. Fat Lou Dow, or Sean Hannity.

  • Marlena

    Most white people are so racist and don’t even realize it. He’s Black annnnnnnnnnnnd?? If you remembered that he was Black, what difference would that have made?

  • Nique

    I dont think he meant any harm by it.

    Most white folks say dumb sh!!t like that all the time…

  • http://bossip ......

    UMMMMMMM. I understood where he was coming from. He’s saying he actually wasn’t concerned about the color of skin but what the President was actually talking about. maybe in the past he couldn’t get past his skin color but at least he is now. I think his statement deserves some open-mindedness.

  • LAP

    Some things never change…

  • http://bossip ......

    I understood where he was coming from. He’s saying he actually wasn’t concerned about the color of skin but what the President was actually talking about. maybe in the past he couldn’t get past his skin color but at least he is now. I think his statement deserves some open-mindedness.

  • Whaaaa

    I agree Nique. When I meet the others, it always comes up as a disclaimer. “I’m not racist” Somehow, it always comes up. They feel they have to let you know, because this is probably the most racist country there is. That said, I think he was just saying, he did not recognize a need to make the disclaimer, although…that is exactly what he did.

  • MadeByChevy25

    See that’s what I mean, now why should he have to be in some kind of “trans for a moment”, and think Obama was of some other race that shouldn’t have even been an issue (his race), just his job performance. By him saying something like that make me think that he think nothing intelligent can come out of a person of color mouth. I tell you no matters how far we come were still going to be judge by our skin color, true story.


    You’re a better man than me. I can’t take him for a second. I don’t know how anyone can listen to that. That annoying diction, the bizarre movement of the oral muscles, the nasally intonations, the self-indulgent droning on and on. That s.h.*.t starts to grate FAST.




    O, stop cosigning with such an a.s.sinine statement. Even if you’re thinking it, it’s not something you say out loud. Especially when you have millions of viewers hanging onto your every word. During that moment of his ‘epiphany,’ Chris Matthews should have fought the brain f.a.r.t and just drank himself a nice cup of shut the f.*.c.k up.

  • Prime

    I understood where he was coming from. He’s saying he actually wasn’t concerned about the color of skin but what the President was actually talking about. maybe in the past he couldn’t get past his skin color but at least he is now. I think his statement deserves some open-mindedness.

    @….. I 100% agree!!!!

  • anewme

    What I don’t understand is that some white people think that black people are ignorant, and talk with no sense. When a black person talks proper, and with sense, then black people say they are acting white. I work in a professional setting where I have to talk professional. I am not trying to be white, I am being professional, there is a difference.

  • mydixiewrecked

    @ Nique

    you are right… I am quite sure Maddox got into that azz off air tho’.

    Sadly this is the perception that MANY non-blacks have of us. That perception is based solely on the media’s depiction of black folks and the stereotypical behavior that entertains. Aside from a few shows, the majority show people of color portrayed as buffoons, illiterates, and criminal-minded. Until education and morality become chic I think we can expect more “out of pocket” remarks from Mr Charlie.

  • Speculations

    Racism is real, but it is sorry to claim someone is racist everytime they talk about color. He is right, Obama stood up there and presented himself to everyone and everyone could receive his message no matter their skin color. Just because he said that he forgot Obama was a black person doesn’t make him racist, it means that Obama is more than the color of his skin and can articulate what all American people think and feel without involving race. Your racist if you can’t see or understand what Chris Matthews was trying to say.

  • Divine

    I understand what he was saying. It was just a poor choice of words.
    Days like these I really miss Tim Russert RIP.

  • Black Admiral

    He didn’t say anything racist neither did Sen Reid…Thats their opinion….Chris is in no way racist, he was saying Obama transcends race and was listening to what he said not looking at his race…As for Reid, we all know if the president was 3 shades darker he wouldn’t be the president..We are racist against our own darkskin brothers and sisters, what do you think some else sees ?

  • othello

    I think African Americans in particular and people of color world wide should listen to what these European Americans have to say when they speak candidly about race and race relations. It gives a glimpse of what they really think. it could be seen as progress that someone with obvious issues with race could see past centuries of inbreed racism and prejudice to listen to what a man has to say regardless of the hue of his skin. Change moves extremely slow especially when you have people or media entities that profit off of race baiting, lack of progress, and the ignorance of the people.

  • Prime

    This comes out if your mouth operates faster than your brain!!!!

  • LaDiva

    @ Imoonah


  • Keepnit100

    But he didn’t have to make that comment..Obama knows what race he is and so does the congressional members and the if a black man can’t be intelligent and address white people get the fuc over it already!

  • Mocha

    White people think they are giving a black person a compliment when they say things like that. But what they are really doing is exposing their own ignorance to the brilliance of black people, they can not fathom that a black person could be so great intellectually, so therefore they in their minds they separate the individual black person from the black race an “bestow” honorary white status or “post racial” bs, because a black person in their minds is not capable of such.

  • MadeByChevy25

    Race is still an issue because they think they can still say little things and we are supposed to just look it over and maybe we should, but come on now I still don’t understand why is race was an issue just because he had something intelligent to say thats all im saying. Why point out his race. Just like Imus and his “Nappyheaded” remark, he didn’t think that was a big deal.

  • FiveStarish

    Don’t ever forget that I’m black, because that is a BIG part of who I am. You can hate it or luv it, but don’t forget it. B*t**a$$ness

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