What Did Chris Matthews Mean By "I Forgot Obama was Black"?

| by Mark Berman

Strange statements by MSNBC's Chris Matthews following President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday night. Matthews said of the president "I forgot he was black tonight for an hour."

In an appearance later in the evening on MSNBC with Rachel Maddow, Matthews attempted to clarify his earlier comments.

He was trying to say Obama's leadership has shattered a black-white divide in American politics, he told Maddow, calling his feelings upon hearing Obama's speech an "epiphany."