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Oil spill: When did it become OUR problem?

05/04/10 04:17AM

by Chris MatthewsComedian Robert Klein once told a joke that the woman at the restaurant, speaking to a waiter, said "I'll have my coffee now." "My coffee."  When precisely, the comedian asked, did it become her coffee? When she thought of it?  When she ordered it?  When she was ready for it?So when did this oil that's now floating in the Gulf of Mexico become "our" oil?  When did it cease to be the property of the oil company that was drilling and become the responsibility of the Coast Guard or the American people, who don't earn a red cent of it, to handle the clean up? read more

A Hardball tribute to Sen. Lindsey Graham

04/27/10 07:22PM

by Chris MatthewsSen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., carries the flag for the America envisioned by the founding fathers. Jefferson and Madison would like this senator because he honors the institutions of our Republic. He exemplifies Republican government as its meant to be: philosophical debate, good faith negotiation, and, finally, just as important: action. We debate. We find agreement. We act.I've watched Sen. Graham on any number of issues since he came to Congress. read more

Gaffes and all, Biden at Obama's side

03/24/10 09:03PM

by Chris MatthewsA serious comment on Vice President Joe Biden: Last week at the annual dinner of TV and Radio correspondents, he joked that "at least when I get caught with a foot in my mouth, it's my own foot." It was a wonderful shot at one of his critics who was discovered several years back to have purchased a somewhat unusual service from a Washington, DC sex worker.It was, of course, also an admission by the vice president of his own past embarrassments that have tended to land more in the area of simply that -- personal embarrassments. read more

Matthews travels to the Middle East with Vice President Joe Biden

03/08/10 01:17PM

Msnbc’s Chris Matthews will travel to the Middle East during the week of  March 8 to March 12. He will interview Vice President Joe Biden in Jerusalem on Tuesday, March 9, talking to him about his trip to the region, as well as the administration’s domestic agenda.  The interview will air Tuesday, March 9 and Wednesday, March 10 on Hardball with Chris Matthews.Matthews will anchor Hardball from Jerusalem on Monday, March 8 and Tuesday, March 9 and will report from the region as he travels with the Vice President throughout the week. read more

Chris Matthews to theGrio: No regrets on 'forgot Obama was black' remark

01/28/10 06:57PM

Matthews implores his critics to take another look at the footage from Wednesday night. He strongly believes that if people listen carefully to the words that he spoke that they will see he was only trying to point out that members of Congress and Americans watching the president's speech at home "saw as an individual person and as our leader" not as part of a racial or ethnic group. "I thought he led the country last night," said Matthews. He is surprised but untroubled by the commentary and conversation stirred up by his post-State of the Union remarks. read more

Matthews: Democrats need to show support for the people

01/20/10 01:39PM

by Chris MatthewsIt's very hard to say what the lessons of this election are for Democrats. Mike Barnicle said that he thought a really strong policy achieving senator, like Rep. Eddie Markey, the congressman who did so much on cap and trade and on the environment all these years, would have been a stronger candidate and would have beaten the Republican Scott Brown by 10  points. It's very hard to predict these things.I thought there was tremendous support in this state for a woman candidate to be the next senator after Hillary Clinton had a strong showing up here in the last election. read more

Matthews on America's ability to act quickly when helping countries in need

01/15/10 07:24PM

by Chris MatthewsThe pictures are just plain terrible. Nothing good to see or to say. I've never seen the media show pictures of so many bodies but I guess that's the story that needs covering. But as we watch these pictures from Haiti, in the newspapers or right here as we are now on television, something is happening here in America.One of the good things about this country is its ability to act quickly. read more

Congress can make America better

12/22/09 08:04PM

by Chris MatthewsIn 1980, Ronald Reagan was elected president. He promised big change and he came into office ready to make change. The Democrats, who lost the election, opposed him in Congress but they didn't obstruct him. They didn't threaten to keep the Senate right up 'til Christmas Eve. The Speaker of the House, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, who I was working for, believed the voters had made their decision and figured the man they elected had a right to his turn at bat.In 2008, Barack Obama ran for president promising big change. He told the voters he would be a "transformative" president. read more

Commemorating Germany's freedom

11/09/09 07:17PM

by Chris MatthewsTwenty years ago I stood in the rain on the East Berlin side of the great Brandenburg Gate, the grim symbol of division between East and West during the Cold War. It was a rainy night and it was cold. But people were standing around, just waiting. Word had got out that "the authorities" might be opening the great Gate that the "Vopos," those notorious East German police, were still guarding. Change was in the air. As I interviewed one East German after another I kept asking them what "freedom" meant to them. "Was its Freiheit?" I kept asking in my limited German. read more

In memoriam: Jody Powell

09/15/09 07:58PM

by Chris MatthewsThe death of former White House press secretary Jody Powell yesterday reminds me of the last night of the 1980 election. I remember Jody, who had been President Carter's loyal press secretary and confidant all those years, telling the President late that night that we weren't going to over night anywhere that night. read more

Chris Matthews on The Colbert Report

08/21/09 07:59PM

Watch Chris Matthew's appearance on The Colbert Report.Matthews talks about the upcoming Hardball documentary on the Kennedy brothers. He explains why he's critical of the town hall protesters, and admits he likes to eat potatoes. read more

Hardball examines the Kennedy legacy in a new documentary

08/17/09 01:43PM

msnbc will premiere its latest documentary, The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary, reported by Hardball’s Chris Matthews, on Thursday, August 27th, at 7 P.M. ET.  Before John F. Kennedy entered the political scene, no politician had ever seemed so comfortable—so himself—in front of television cameras. While politicians of the past were forever frozen in black and white photos, the Kennedy brothers were a crisp color image. read more