Matthews is getting some hot water about saying, in the midst of praising not only Obama’s SOTU speech but the President himself, that while he was listening to the speech, “I forgot he was Black.”
Can we just stop this, please?
Obama is a unique politician because he can (sometimes) transcend the racial poison that has characterized much of this nation’s history. Matthews sees that, and he admires it. We can, should, and must accept colloquial (and clearly non-racist) descriptions of the scene without all the fancy apparatus of faux detachment.
Obviously, I’m hardly uncritical of the President, but he is at his best when he treats the public like grownups. So why don’t we act like it? Matthews did, and so should the rest of us.