Chris Matthews on Obama: ‘I Forgot He Was Black For an Hour’

January 28th, 2010 by – The echoes of President Obama’s State of the Union speech had barely receded when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews blurted out what will probably be the quote of the night. “I forgot he was black tonight for an hour…I said wait a minute, he’s an African American guy in front of a bunch of other white people…”

Matthews was trying to make some kind of point about the post-racial nature of the President, and ended up talking about…The Godfather? Somewhere in there, he also used the word “Aspounding.”

Thankfully, the Republican response played him off. Check it out:

Matthews clarifies his remarks: “I think he’s taken us beyond black and white in our politics, wonderfully so, in just a year.” Video of full (and dare we say sincere) clarification below.

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