MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews was feeling a little nostalgic for Barack Obama on Thursday when he told a panel that he’s still “thrilled” about Obama’s historic 2008 victory.
The panel was discussing Wednesday’s Democratic debate and the attacks on Obama’s record which former VP Joe Biden said he was surprised at.t.
“The historic nature of Barack Obama running in ’08 and ’12 was so dramatic, I can understand why people of color who don’t normally vote think it’s all BS or whatever showed up because it was so thrilling,” Matthews said. “I was thrilled and I get thrilled thinking about what happened in ’08. It’s still thrilling to me. It was thrilling what he said in ’04 at the convention up in Boston.”
Matthews continued saying that there won’t always be a “thrilling, charismatic African American person of either gender or any background” running for president and asked MSNBC analyst Zerlina Maxwell whether she believes a ticket of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg –who are in the top tier of candidates could excite the inner city and people of color.
“Yes, because black people care about policies, not just the personality of the politician. Barack Obama is a once in a lifetime politician. There are very few people in the history of the world that are as charismatic and good at giving amazing speeches as President Obama,” Maxwell said.
Matthews was mocked in 2008 when he commented to Keith Olbermann on Obama’s speaking ability during the 2008 primaries.
“I have to tell you. It’s part of reporting this case, this election. The feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama speak,” Matthews said. “My, I felt this thrill going up my leg. I don’t have that too often.”
“Steady,” Olbermann said.
“No, seriously. It’s a dramatic event. He speaks about America in a way that has nothing to do with politics and has to do with the feeling we have about our country. That is an objective assessment,” Matthews said.
No comment so far from Obama as to how he feels about the attacks on his record from Democrats, but Michelle Obama has ruled out a presidential run after a plea from liberal filmmaker Michael Moore.