Chris Matthews: “I forgot he [Obama] was Black…”
Matt | On 28, Jan 2010
I can’t even get through my recap of yesterday’s State of the Union speech. Our president AND these airhead pundits / “journalists” have me working overtime this morning!!!
If you haven’t heard, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is the latest to suffer from foot-in-mouth syndrome. After the SOTU address last night, he made the following statement on air:
“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. You know, he’s gone a long way to become a leader of this country, and passed so much history, in just a year or two. I mean, it’s something we don’t even think about.”
“I was watching, I said, wait a minute, he’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people. And here 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 his discussion. It was so broad-ranging, so in tune with so many problems, of aspects, and aspects of American life that you don’t think in terms of the old tribalism, the old ethnicity…“
I read the entire Matthews comment, which is even longer than what I’ve included. Honestly, I get what he was TRYING to say … but I cannot support the way it came out. Of course, the blogosphere and pundits have ripped apart the first line I highlighted, and some with good intention.
The part I have a problem with is actually when he says that it was so “broad-ranging and so in-tune with so many aspects of American life..” Umm .. this president is the EPITOME of “American life.” Born in Hawaii, biracial, grew up poor to a single white mother, attended Harvard Law, State Senator, U.S. Senator, and now President! Who does that on a regular basis? His personal experience has allowed him to touch so many aspects of the multiculturalism of the U.S. They have painted him an “elitist,” but his life resume runs circles around almost everyone in the Congressional chamber last night. When they miss just how REAL he is, that pisses me off!
And WTF is this idea of POST-RACIAL?? Is this some type of imaginary Candyland that certain people live in? He “appears” post-racial just because he chooses NOT to dignify most of the filth people sling about him. Trust and believe, that’s his conscious choice, not our reality!