As the results from the 2008 presidential election came in, MSNBC host Chris Matthews earned widespread criticism for claiming that Democratic nominee Barack Obama’s rhetoric gave him “thrills” that ran up his leg.
In anticipation of President Joe Biden’s inauguration this week, an editor for The New York Times brought back memories of that remark among some pundits by declaring that the events of the day gave her “chills.”
“This thrill going up my leg”
“Biden landing at Joint Base Andrews now,” wrote Lauren Wolfe in a now-deleted tweet. “I have chills.”
Amy Kremer, a one-time surrogate for former President Donald Trump, did not pass up the opportunity to lambast Wolf as the “female version of Chris Matthews.”
In his on-air remarks to colleague Keith Olbermann in 2008, Matthews said: “The feeling that most people get when they hear a Barack Obama speech — I felt this thrill going up my leg.”
“Pettiness of the Trump admin”
Not only did Wolf express her adoration of Biden, but she also took aim at the outgoing president.
“The pettiness of the Trump admin not sending a military plane to bring [Biden] to D.C. as is tradition is mortifying,” she asserted.
Of course, Fox News noted that Biden declined the offer of a military plane and opted instead to fly to the capital via private plane.
“So that we all could share it”
Wolfe is not the only media figure to publicly gush over the concept of a new commander in chief. Eddie Glaude, a professor at Princeton University, appeared to compare Biden to God during an MSNBC appearance on Tuesday evening.
Newsbusters published a clip in which Glaude opined that the incoming president “pulled the grief and regret out of the privacy of our hearts, if just for a moment, so that we all could share it.”
He went on to reference the book of Psalms in opining about the “first step” toward unity he believes Biden’s inauguration will bring about.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds,” Glaude quoted an Old Testament passage before adding: “Maybe the dead will speak to us now. Maybe they can rest now.”