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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

  4. 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.


  5. 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.'”

  6. 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.

  7. [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…

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. [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.

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