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Chris Matthews Still Has ‘Thrill up His Leg’ About Obama: ‘Is There Anyone Who Carries Himself Better…Just Look at Him!’ [VIDEO]

Written by Philip Hodges

It was back in 2008 when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews talked about getting a “thrill up his leg” when he heard Obama speak. Here’s what he said:

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.

About a year ago in December, Dan Joseph with MRCTV asked Matthews about this “thrill” and whether it was still there, or if it went away on its own or with surgery. Here’s how that conversation turned out:

It appears that the thrill never really went away.

In his eulogy of outgoing President Obama’s term, Matthews effused about how great he was. “Just look at him!” he exclaimed. He continued:

Is there a husband, a father that we would wish more as a model for our sons, for our sons-in-law to have and raise our grandchildren? Is there anyone who carries himself better in word, in sentiment, in temperament, in optimism? Hope. That was the word on that poster. It’s the feeling he exemplified in his last press briefing…

The only thing that’s the end of the world, he said, is the end of the world. He spoke not just as a political leader but as a man looking to the problems that still divide us, he said we need to imagine being the other person, growing up in the inner city without a job within 20 miles, being the guy stuck out in the country who, too, doesn’t have the prospect of a job in some different 20 miles…

We have made progress. He came into a country where marriage equality was well over the horizon and brought the LGBT community into the sunlight of recognition, freedom even because of his own fine good will, admiration.

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