MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said Hillary Clinton in 2016 “can’t match” President Barack Obama’s oratory skills that gave him the “thrill up the leg” in 2008.
During “Hardball” on Thursday night, Matthews said, “I think Obama was so exciting. I think, you know, I was the thrill up the leg, and I admitted I was overwhelmed by his speeches because I’d go to all these rooms with 200 people in it and I had never heard anybody speak like Obama.”
According to Matthews, Obama’s “presidency obviously couldn’t live up to that level. It couldn’t. It was so stellar, the excitement in those crowds. First African-American, young guy, incredibly educated and who could give a speech like nobody’s been able to do since — well, certainly on the Democratic side since Kennedy.”
LA Times Kurtis Lee agreed, saying, “Absolutely. One of the best orators that a lot of people have seen on the political stage and –”
But Matthews interjected, “Hillary can’t match that.”
As Newsbusters notes in 2008, Matthews 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.”