Everybody remembers MSNBC host Chris Matthews famous “thrill up my leg” remark after an Obama primary speech in 2008. In fact, the comment is so well-known that it’s almost a job requirement here at Mediaite that you get references to the so-called “thrill heard ’round the world.”
For nearly five years, that famous soundbite has justifiably been the butt of many jokes. And if you watched MSNBC’s inaugural coverage on Monday, you might have come away thinking Matthews is not laughing.
As the MSNBC panel of Matthews, Martin Bashir, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) shared their thoughts on the day’s events, the latter two guests made a jokey reference to the “thrill” and then things got awkward.
Rep. Cummings had been talking about how as “the son of two former sharecroppers,” he found comfort in the president’s inaugural message of communities working together to help lift up the disadvantaged and poor in society. “I could really relate to that. As a matter of fact, it gave me chills and I don’t usually get chills,” the congressman said.