As president-elect Barack Obama assembles his new administration, some charge that his choices don’t reflect a change from the past. Chris Matthews argues that “unity” may be change Obama is attempting.
Matthews told Pat Buchanan, “I’m going to try to be big picture here… Unity. This candidate, Barack Obama, who will be our next president has promised unity. We all like the sound of it. It has a kumbaya gee whiz quality to it, but it hurts because it means forgiving. It means accepting. It means dealing with people who were against you and hurt you. Is this something we’re bigger than we’re used to where he says ‘Hillary, not only do I forgive you for what you did against me and the shots you took against me, and your husband took against me, I’ll give you the best prize there is for a president to give, Secretary of State. I’m going to let Joe Lieberman come back’ — could unity be the real change? In other words, it’s not changing the tires. It’s changing the car.”
This video is from MSNBC’s Hardball, broadcast Nov. 18, 2008.