From Fox News:
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is under fire for commenting on air that President Obama has done so much to heal racial divides that “I forgot he was black” as he watched Obama’s first State of the Union address Wednesday night.
Matthews, who appeared on the cable network shortly after the speech, said of the president:
“I was trying to think about who he was tonight. And uh, it’s interesting. He is post-racial, by all appearances. You know, I forgot he was black tonight for an hour….
“I was watching, I said, ‘wait a minute!’ He’s an African-American guy in front of a bunch of other white people and there he is president of the United States and we’ve completely forgotten that tonight — completely forgotten it!”
Matthews’ remarks came as he was praising the president for working to heal racial divides and for delivering a State of the Union address that he described as “profound” and “so in tune with so many problems and aspects of American life.”
But the “I forgot he was black” remark quickly set the blogosphere on fire, as hundreds of viewers questioned the meaning and implications of Matthews’ words.