EMOTIONAL TWEETY  1:36 pm January 28, 2010

Chris Matthews Clarifies Experience Of Forgetting Obama Was Black For An Hour

by Jim Newell

Oh Tweety. It’s fine, really. If we were Boomers, we would forget that people were black sometimes too.

The original comment was just a very 2008-campaign one to make, which made it so jarring. Yes, we know, he saved race relations… but how much attention did he devote in his speech to the Senate going with “sidecar reconciliation” to clean up the health care bill Democrats want the House to pass? These were the things policy nerds and bloggers were looking out for last night. So perhaps we all forgot Obama was black for an hour. Mmm…


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Suds McKenzie January 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Black Out, … we have all been there

Judas Peckerwood January 28, 2010 at 1:43 pm

It’s okay, Chris. Yesterday for an hour I forgot that Meghan McCain has boobs — talk about a lapse!

TGY January 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm

It’s not as bad as it sounds. Tweety merely forgot that Barry is only *half* black.

RoscoePColtraine January 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

If he’d said it in a private conversation, it wouldn’t be racist, so why should we care that he said it to billions of TV viewers? Left-handed compliments should only offend those who are left-handed.

What? Barry is? Oh for fuck sakes.

proudgrampa January 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm

[re=503500]Judas Peckerwood[/re]: How could you possibly forget those casabas???

rikitikitavi January 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Tweetie forgot because Obama was not choosing to speak in a negro dialect.

charlesdegoal January 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm

What he was actually saying was, I think, that he forgot to remember that Obama was black. As in “Pretty good speech (for a black person)” of “Hey, he’s smart (for a black person)” etc. Or, as Larry Summers would say “She’s pretty goo at math, for a woman. These guys are strictly from hunger.

Suds McKenzie January 28, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Chris: “this reminds me of the scene in the great 1940′s Wayans Brothers movie White Chicks, when Tiffany Wilson says “Oh yeah? Well, your mother’s ass is so hairy, it looks like Don King’s about to pop out and say, “Only in America”! and Latrell Spencer answers “White meat only.”

El Pinche January 28, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Too late Chris! Pick your favorite beer, Pres. Obama will be calling you shortly.

Tweety, chill the fuck out. We get it. It’s ok ………………………………………………………………..racist.


Escape Goat Nation January 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Today, we all apologize for being Black for an hour.

Accordion-o-rama January 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I’m sure all the folks at McDonnell’s “State of the Confederacy” speech never forgot for one second that Hopey is black.

gertrudis January 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm

Rachel says “it’s hard to talk about these things” on TV.

She should have added: “…without sounding like a jerk, if you’re a white male who asserts ‘we’ve gotten past these things’, where ‘things’ refers to ‘race.’”

comicbookguy January 28, 2010 at 2:17 pm

He merely meant that he was eating with Barry and Bill OReally in a restaurant in Harlem, Barry wasn’t constantly saying, “Hey, MF! Where’s my MFing bread sticks?”

Although to be fair, I would like to see him go all Samuel L Jackson on Republicans.

Extemporanus January 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm

More importantly, we should note that Barry ain’t never ever gonna quit, ’cause quitin’ just ain’t his schtick.

Scruffy_The_Janitor January 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

He forgot he is black. but didn’t forget he’s muslim!

desertwind January 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Look at Rachel’s face!

She’s so cute there.

Minnie Mean January 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm

[re=503547]comicbookguy[/re]: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.”

I’m pretty sure this is what BO meant to say last night…

UnattendedConsequence January 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I forgot that Tweety is a twit.

proudgrampa January 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm

[re=503606]Minnie Mean[/re]: Greatest Samuel L. Jackson scene ever!

Kinkster January 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm

The Third Annual Chris Matthews Screws Up At A National Address Awards would like to wish you all a good night, and we’ll see you next year!

NopantsMcGee January 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Sorry Wonketteers but I heart me some Tweety all over again.

Something sweet in the way he tries to explain it. Like Grampa trying to explain to Gramma how The Email works. Doesn’t fully understand, gets the jargon a little wrong but is sincere in wanting Gramma to understand.

Besides he’s got Leg-Chillin’ cred with his views on “post-racial” Hopey.

EdFlinstone January 28, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Its just from too much time spent with Buchanan and there never ending concern for the reverse racism suffered from private school catholic kids, from hard, very hard working parents. Dont worry Chris, we got over when you said W might end up on Mt Rushmore.

Hedley Lamar January 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Matthews appears to be tweaking most of the time. His mouth is faster than his brain
and it’s getting worse. I’m hoping for a live meltdown of epic proportions soon.

Plus, he’s pretty articulate for a white guy.

Ducksworthy January 28, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Hopey is just lucky that the 20% of the population that doesn’t trust him because he’s a colored is the same 20% that think: George Bush was a leader, the wmd’s were found in Iraq, B Hussein O was born in Kenya and that they can save Ameraka by tying tea bags to their hats.

June Cleaver 2.0 January 28, 2010 at 6:03 pm

[re=503686]Kinkster[/re]: Well at least he hasn’t called Obama Osama in a whole year. That’s something, right? But I wouldn’t know, I don’t watch his show.

ShiningMathPath January 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Matthews was born in the 1940s. As Ronald Reagan said “back in the days before we knew we had a race problem”

Shmucky DeFukhed January 28, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Matthews thinks he’s the engine on the train forgetting that Obama is black when actually he’s the caboose.

Toomush Infermashun January 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

Geez, for about a microsecond, I forgot all those months Tweety had his tongue up Hilly’s clitty….

godforbidowright January 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

sounds more stupid than racist, what a dopey way of phrasing a pretty dopey idea.

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