TWEETY  5:44 pm February 25, 2009

Chris Matthews Explains ‘Oh God’ Comment: It Looked Like A Plantation

by Jim Newell

Chris Matthews is such a patriot for making America laugh last night before the speech from Bobby Jindal, his Enemy. After ranting about how much he hates Jindal earlier in the night, he “whispered” a comically audible “oh god” as Jindal was walking towards his podium. Chris Matthews is famous for coming from working-class Pennsylvania, so the best rationale for his hatred is probably nativism, especially towards Indians, who sneak into the country to steal medical doctor jobs from the poorest Americans. Nevertheless, Matthews plans to address the “slip” on Hardball tonight (or is it already on? We don’t watch cable news), and an NBC spokesman has offered a quick preview. His explanation centers on some stupid, nonsensical slavery jokes we made last night while mindlessly liveblogging — but he is serious!

I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, this winding staircase looming there, the odd anti-bellum [sic] look of the scene. Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?

“Anti-bellum” — he hates the Civil War!

But really, if we’re reading this correctly, he was offended by the casual imagery of a southern Plantation Manor and its would-be master mimicking a black president, which was apparently such a RACIST PLOY on Jindal’s behalf that Matthews had to blurt out his frustration.

Chris Matthews Explains “Oh, God!” Utterance [HuffPo]

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rocktonsammy February 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm

He is a striking young man.

So everyone at MSNBC is gay?

Dave J. February 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I prefer the more obvious explanation, that Chris Matthews is a time traveler and was warning us all about the comic monstrosity we were about to observe.

CreationSchwarzkopfPalin February 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

The “Oh God” was more of a gasp of anticipation.
He and Keith were waiting fo Jindal to say “tax cuts” so they could drink.

IceCreamEmpress February 25, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I love the “brown man’s burden” defense. I think he should go right to the “I was very emotional and taking medication” before he needs Bobby and the Sheriff to come rescue him from the shitstorm in an unregistered motorboat.

sati demise February 25, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I prefer to think Matthews was praying.

[re=252896]Dave J.[/re]: or time traveling, of course.

cranky February 25, 2009 at 5:56 pm

you know, he didn’t say any bad, people are allowed to make sounds. it’s not like he said something racist, cruel, or hateful, he just muttered.

i’m sorry he bothered to explain himself beyond, “i think it is fucking self explanatory.” and i fucking hate chris matthews. he needs a dental hygienist to stand next to him, at all times, with a dental vacuum, to suck the slobber or cum or whatever is constantly collecting in the valleys in his mouth and causing him to make those vile frothy sounds.

Bearbloke February 25, 2009 at 5:57 pm

I’ve met Matthews, and he is a bit of a douche himself – so I expect any ‘explanation’ from him to be comically underwhelming…

WadISay February 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Still, in Chris Matthews’ defense, there are times when a nice, awe-filled, out of breath “Oh God” is just the thing.

SayItWithWookies February 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I just figured he was horrified that the master of the plantation in such an antebellum setting wasn’t adorned in seersucker. Or maybe one of the econ babes he’s always hitting on sent him a filthy text message.

Jukesgrrl February 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

His defense should be: “After all the things I said about Hillary, if you think I’m going down for this little slip, you’re crazier than I am.”

Red Zeppelin February 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

I think it was just a flashback to the closing scene of one of the period piece p0rnos set in the Old South, of which Tweety is so fond. (This particular one, I think, was Blonde with the Wind). You know it really was quite shocking, when you see the house boy dressed in the master’s suit, and you know he has just had a threesome with Mizz Lucibelle and the fine Arabian stallion, and has probably also murdered the master. You know, that’s a completely natural response.

Yes You Can Own A Piece of History February 25, 2009 at 6:13 pm

I thought it was an awesome start to what quickly proved to be a complete train wreck. No apologies needed.

Suds McKenzie February 25, 2009 at 6:14 pm

I just assumed Michele Bernard had a “nip slip” off camera.

Godot February 25, 2009 at 6:15 pm

[re=252909]WadISay[/re]: “What can I say? I saw Bobby Jindal walk out, and I came.”

polichi February 25, 2009 at 6:16 pm

I appreciated the “oh god.” It was like a moment of insane clarity in the midst of that shitshow mess.

totoro February 25, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Matthews should just say that he was beginning a prayer for his fellow brother in the one true faith for a good speech. And then he can say that the prayer was in fact answered.

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Anit-Bellum. I thought the starcase looked very Gone With The Windish. Was Piyush goin’ for the Rhett Butler response? “Frankly Hussein, I don’t give a damn” I thought maybe Rush might prance out from behind the staircase smokin’ a stogie. Oh, God!

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm

I have a big crush on Paul Krugman.

Am I crazy?

cranky February 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm

[re=252947]Nerdalicious[/re]: no, he is adorable!

sux2bu February 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Perhaps Matthews was simply concerned that Jindal might “punch his chest and disappear into the crowd.”

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 6:33 pm

What is it about our fearless Nobel Prize Winner? Hmmm. He’s cuter than Joe Biden! (of course I AM Nerdalicious, what’s your excuse?)Haaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Red Zeppelin February 25, 2009 at 6:34 pm

[re=252947]Nerdalicious[/re]: Do you usually find hobbits sexy? I suppose they are in a sort of rabbitty way.

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 6:36 pm

[re=252959]Red Zeppelin[/re]:
I heart Golum

Red Zeppelin February 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

[re=252961]Nerdalicious[/re]: I always forget at this time of day that the serious drinking has already begun on the east coast.

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Cranky this one’s for you! “I’d blame Greenspawn & Phil Gramm.” My leg is getting tingly.

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 6:43 pm

[re=252964]Red Zeppelin[/re]:
I’m in Amsterdam, I just walked off a really fucked up plane ride. (minus the ramp) Where the hell is Sully when you need him? I thought he was like Santa & he is flying all planes everywhere. Wasn’t he on Letterman & at the Congressional Speech last night all at the same time? I could have sworn.

Canuckledragger February 25, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Chris, baby… you haven’t sent a tingle up my leg since you left the employ of Pres. Carter, whose peanut farm you reference in your “explanation.”

I know it’s hard to hear, but it’s over. No, the “Oh God” thing was perfectly appropriate; feeling the need to excuse it makes you a hopeless douche.

Grow a pair.

Red Zeppelin February 25, 2009 at 6:49 pm

[re=252969]Nerdalicious[/re]: Enjoy Amsterdam–the place makes New Orleans look like a Mormon suburb!

Schadenfried February 25, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Tweety bird is from PA!? How embarrassing. I hope he eat at Time* restaurant when he comes to Philly.

*If you come to the Philadelphia area, Don’t eat at Time. My best friend used to worked there and they dicked her over on Unemployment. Plus, their entrees mainly consist of bags of herpetic dicks. Also.

cranky February 25, 2009 at 6:56 pm

[re=252957]Nerdalicious[/re]: well, i’m a lesbian and a geek, so the vision of a man who is smart and whose ethics i admire, in the body of someone i could crush like an empty beer can, is just about as sexy as a man can get!

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 7:00 pm

[re=252974]Red Zeppelin[/re]:
Yeah, I’m going to get some chocolate & go over to the Red Light District. Then it’s back home on the Continental Commuter plane. I’m not taking any chances this time! Sully are you there? I’d hope to have lived to have heard Sully say one day: “put your head between your legs & kiss your ass goodbye, those fuckin’ birds!” And then of course he saves everybody! Well, we haven’t had any noontime shootings here at noontime yet….today! The day is still young though (I hope against all hope!)

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Ha! I hear ya! :) I just get stupid crushes on Brainiac types. It’s been a lifelong affliction. Oh wells.

Bearbloke February 25, 2009 at 7:22 pm

[re=252947]Nerdalicious[/re]: I’d do ‘im ’cause he’s Bearlicious – Woof!

Atheist Nun February 25, 2009 at 7:22 pm

“When Jindal shuffled out from behind the plantation columns looking like Forrest Gump about to break free from his leg braces, I exclaimed “Oh God!” because I was expecting local bullies to be chasing after him…”

You’re welcome, Chris Matthews.

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 7:25 pm

You’ve got Krugman mania too? Meow! Jonas Bros. watch out!

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Tweety chirps “Oh God”.

Bearbloke February 25, 2009 at 7:31 pm

[re=253006]Nerdalicious[/re]: Jonas Bros.? Aren’t they teenagers or something?… HEY! Are you calling me a Grand Old Pedophile ReThuglican???!!

CaliforniaMike February 25, 2009 at 7:33 pm

I think he said “Oh, God” because he thought they sent out the houseboy first to introduce the Massa.

effinHel February 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Maybe, like me, tweety thinks Gov. Jindal bears a striking resemblance to George Burns. Maybe. No?

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 7:42 pm

No Way! Calm down Bearlicios! I wuz just sayin’, as in Jonas Bros watch out, like Krugman is the new sexy. But I do know you are a Rethuglican & you hang out in pubic bathrooms. I’m just sayin’.

Dave J. February 25, 2009 at 7:43 pm

[re=252955]sux2bu[/re]: Or pull large pieces of furniture out of his ass. Or am I confusing my bits? Either way, it works.

krrraft February 25, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Because I enjoy being an agent of the inevitable:

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 7:49 pm


Pahtay at the Gov’s Mansion in Louisiana last night. Jungle Book style!

President Beeblebrox February 25, 2009 at 7:56 pm

Hey, they wrote a Chick tract about Jindal’s conversion. It’s based on a true story! Blood sacrifices and angry Hindu gods!

Bearbloke February 25, 2009 at 8:00 pm

[re=253024]Nerdalicious[/re]: In your dreams, Senator Craig! My sexytime is Democratically enfranchised, Liberally applied, Progressively active and Socially responsible. Woof.

Bearbloke February 25, 2009 at 8:07 pm

[re=253039]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Hey! How on earth did you get the advance Galley Proofs of Governor Jindal’s autobiography? He’s saving that for the ’12 GOP primary!!!

azw88 February 25, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Jindal’s tone and demeanor when he did that whole kissing up to the black man in the White House while standing in front of a plantation mansion just really made me chuckle.

Nerdalicious February 25, 2009 at 8:09 pm

WTF? How did you know it was me, Larry? Geez, I thought the internets wuz covert. Just sittin’ here in the bathroom with my laptop, waiting for a friend. Even though, I have my own special friend. Foiled again!

President Beeblebrox February 25, 2009 at 8:11 pm

[re=253047]Bearbloke[/re]: From the same place that told me that Allah had no son and Muslins worship a Moon God.

I heart Chick Tracts. They’re just so damn funny, not to mention required reading for anyone wishing to understand the soul of a Palinite.

shortsshortsshorts February 25, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Just another whitey putting down the brown.

Bearbloke February 25, 2009 at 8:26 pm

[re=253050]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Isn’t that the cult that spreads BLASPHEMOUS LIES about Santa?

REPENT, INFIDEL!!11! Repent and return to the loving abundance of Santa’s sacred sack…

josereyes.theroof February 25, 2009 at 8:28 pm

He was expecting Jindal’s presentation to be a one-man re-enactment of the dance at the end of Slumdog. Jai Ho!

grevillea February 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm

[re=252933]Godot[/re]: Starburst!

schvitzatura February 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

[re=253039]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Just as Mola Jindal was being converted, the British cavalry shows up, and lays everything to waste with their trusty No. I Mk. I Lee Enfields (huzzah, volley fire)!

He proceeds to get burned by heathen Shankara stones, falls into the crocodile-infested water…comedy gold ensues!

grevillea February 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

[re=253050]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Pffft, what rubbish: obviously a six-armed god would totally PWN a two-armed god.

President Beeblebrox February 25, 2009 at 9:23 pm

[re=253070]schvitzatura[/re]: Oh the days of the empire on which the sun never set… yes, it reminds me of Zulu Dawn. What a great film, watching those tea-drinking toffs being slaughtered by assegais, sort of like today’s GOP.

[re=253079]grevillea[/re]: Fuck that! Kali, the SIX-ARMED THREE-HEADED GOD THAT CHOPS OFF HEADS WITH HER MANY HANDS & STORES THEM ON HER BELT would completely pwn any god out there, Allah/Moon God or not. Grisly trucknutz!

Sorry, I’m watching Hopey’s speech from last night again and I’m drunk with happiness that McCain is relegated to clapping politely for bits of the speech that he likes….

iburl February 25, 2009 at 9:26 pm

“Anti-bellum” — he hates the Civil War!

^ More like this.

rocktonsammy February 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Maybe Olberman sat on Matthews lap at that particular moment.

kudzu February 25, 2009 at 10:14 pm

He looks “crossed” (stoned + drunk) on that picture.

CaliforniaMike February 25, 2009 at 10:23 pm

It’s a good thing little Piyush picked the name Bobby from the Brady Bunch. Imagine if he was Pugsley Jindal (Addams Family), Herman Jindal (Munsters), Gillgan Jindal, or worst of all, Tootie Jindal (Car 54 Where Are You).

America would never vote for Tootie Jindal.

smellyal8r February 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm

I think Tweetie was just tired of the whole thing and wondered why MSNBC had to even air the GOP “response”. When he saw the set up, he just let out a groan with words attached. If I were him, I’d just say: “I said what I said. If I offended your Deity, ‘scuse me. Now, on with tonight’s shoutfest!” Fox won’t let him live it down, but Olberman and Maddow will just keep showing Jindal’s speech over and over and over again. Nuff said.

Wee Mousie February 25, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Tweetie’s audible foul wasn’t anti-bellum, it was anti-Bedlam.

If you have listened to Jindal’s speech, you’ll know what I mean.

We can’t punish Tweetie for prescience, now can we?

Toomush Infermashun February 25, 2009 at 10:55 pm

I don’t care… I just want to know who was in the Republican cabal that engineered throwing Bobby Jingle over the porch rail….was it everybody….?…”smart-ass little Hindu, let’s see what his chances in 2012 are after this”…

Godot February 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm

[re=253110]CaliforniaMike[/re]: They would if he was Tootie Jindal (The Facts of Life). In fact he’d be President today.

S.Luggo February 26, 2009 at 12:20 am

Let’s be accurate. Matthews did not whisper, “Oh, God” as Piyush reached the stage.
Rather, he snapped to his producer, “Get me fucking Father Damian on the phone. Now.” Either that or, “KALI!”
But that’s the entertainment biz for ya.

Monsieur Grumpe February 26, 2009 at 12:54 am

I don’t blame Tweety, I gasped “Oh puke” when I saw his tie. Triple icky.

Bearbloke February 26, 2009 at 1:09 am

[re=253107]kudzu[/re]: In my day (in the dim mists of the early WorldWideWeb era), we called that state “getting ‘partied’”…

jilly February 26, 2009 at 2:39 am

Matthews was just saying, “Oh God”, is this all the Repubs have? Jindal. He is so pathetic. Especially last night. Jeebus.

davesnothere February 26, 2009 at 3:19 am

Wait, Matthews is making embarrassing butt-overtures to Tom DeLay, now.

BobLoblawLawBlog February 26, 2009 at 7:29 am

Jesus God, man, has anyone investigated whether the new GOP stars are in bed with the NBC execs? Cause “30 Rock” could not have PRAYED for better ratings fodder than Palin/Jindal.

gurukalehuru February 26, 2009 at 7:35 am

[re=253110]CaliforniaMike[/re]: Tootie Jindal is good. It makes no fucking sense whatsoever, but it just sounds right.

However, I’m going to disagree with most of you here. Matthews’ comment was premature, and the explanation reminded me of how the republitards were going on and on about the Greek columns in Denver. We should be beyond that kind of pettiness (by “we” I don’t mean we here at Wonkette, which lives and breathes for pettiness, but everybody else) So, he should apologize to Bobby (the browner Brady)for saying “Oh, God” before he’d even given the speech.
Now that he’s given the speech, of course, the little exorcist is fair game.

TGY February 26, 2009 at 7:38 am

This need to apologize is getting out of hand. Sorry, but it is. Ooops.

Meaty Ochre February 26, 2009 at 8:14 am

What are the chances that horse laugh was just playing 70′s movie trivia under the table with that guy who used to yell at Bush all the time and George Burns’ name came up?

DanJoaquinOz February 26, 2009 at 8:29 am

Tweety, looking like Karl Rove in a moth-eaten wig, is blurting “Oh God!” over Jindal’s “peculiar stagecraft”? Riiiight. Talk about the louse calling the leech unlovely. Next thing you know he’ll be criticizing Joe Biden for being “gaffe-prone”. Oh…wait. Nevermind.

DanJoaquinOz February 26, 2009 at 8:36 am

Tweety, looking like Karl Rove in a moth-eaten wig, blurted “Oh God!” because of Jindal’s “peculiar stagecraft”? Riiight. Talk about the leech calling the louse unlovely. Next thing you know he’ll be criticizing Joe Biden for being “gaffe-prone”. Oh…wait. Nevermind.

jodyleek February 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

[re=253110]CaliforniaMike[/re]: What about Blair, Natalie, or Mrs. Garret Jindal?

ThePerfesser February 26, 2009 at 10:25 am


I prefer Tonto Jindal myself.

And there’s a hidden joke in the name that we couldshare with the Hispanics. Also.

Or perhaps Rin Tin Tin Jindal, since Hopey made him his bitch anyway.

daisy chain February 26, 2009 at 11:40 am

[re=253039]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Best. Chick Track. Ever. I ordered 10,000 copies, because that’s the minimum. Which is insane, of course, because chick tracks are insane. And awesome.

mjwilstein February 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Here’s the video of Chris explaining himself if you haven’t seen it:

Atheist Nun February 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

[re=253039]President Beeblebrox[/re]: 10 panels down, the villagers are offering Kali’s High Priest some watermelon. Somehow this ties into Mayor Dean Grose being Bobby Jindal’s secret lover, but I’m just formulating my conspiracy theory so it’s still a little rough around the edges…

June Cleaver 2.0 February 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm

[re=253175]DanJoaquinOz[/re]: Have you noticed that Matthews never say the word Obama? He says President Barack, or Barack Obama, but never Obama alone. He’s afraid to call him Osama, since he’s called him a terrorist like 2,000 times. That’s what happens when you just mouth off.

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