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

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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

    Black Out, … we have all been there

  • Judas Peckerwood

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

  • TGY

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

  • RoscoePColtraine

    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

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

  • rikitikitavi

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

  • charlesdegoal

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Accordion-o-rama

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

  • gertrudis

    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

    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

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

  • Scruffy_The_Janitor

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

  • desertwind

    Look at Rachel’s face!

    She’s so cute there.

  • Minnie Mean

    [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

    I forgot that Tweety is a twit.

  • proudgrampa

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

  • Kinkster

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    [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

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

  • Shmucky DeFukhed

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

  • Toomush Infermashun

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

  • godforbidowright

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