“I have to tell you, you know, it’s part of reporting this case, this election,
the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama’s speech.
My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often. …
And that is an objective assessment.”
— Chris Matthews
Chris Matthews appeared on “Morning Joe” Thursday morning, and in the context of discussing the Obama transition — and Rahm Emanuel’s motives for waffling on the chief of staff position — told Joe Scarborough it is not his job to question Emanuel’s motives.
“You know what?” Matthews said. “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work, this new Presidency work.”
[Joe] Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski pressed Matthews on his claim, asking if it his his job as a journalist to make the Presidency work.
“Yeah, that’s my job. My job is to help this country…to make this work succsesfully, because this country needs a successful Presidency, more than anything right now,” Matthews said.
“As Americans, Chris Matthews, we are all rooting for the success of Barack Obama,” Scarborough said. “America is at a perilous time. But you just talked about being a journalist, and [you said] your job as a journalist is not to question motives. Then, two seconds later, you said your job was to make this Presidency a success. That’s curious.” (source)
Chris Matthews in the depths of despair, contemplating the prospect that Obama-the-dreamer has lost to Hillary the machine candidate.
On today’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist hosted Chris Matthews. As they discussed, and individually gushed over, Barack Obama’s concession speech last night, Joe said, “If anybody in America has heard a better speech in modern American political history, please email me.”
A visibly moved, sentimental Chris Matthews then chimed in with his account of an Obama speech he attended days before: “It was the best speech I’ve ever heard. … And I’m tearing up, and I’m writing down notes, and I’m trying to keep track of this thing. … His heart must’ve been broken last night.” It appears Chris’ was as well. (source)