Matthews admits saying 'Oh God' before Jindal spoke
Published: Wednesday February 25, 2009

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"MSNBC's Chris Matthews quietly uttered "Oh God" as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal prepared to give the Republican Party response to President Barack Obama's speech to Congress," the AP reported Wednesday.

"An NBC executive, who requested anonymity because the network is still looking into the matter, named Matthews as the one who made the live mike slip - it was so quiet most listeners wouldn't be able to identify the speaker," the AP article added. "The Huffington Post posted a link to the comment and asked viewers to guess Wednesday who had made it: 32 percent had guessed Matthews, 35 percent said it was co-anchor Keith Olbermann, 15 percent said it was an MSNBC camera operator and 18 percent thought it was a producer."

Politico's Michael Calderone confirms it was Matthews. The MSNBC host who toyed with seeking a Senate seat as a Democrat will explain on his show Hardball why he said it, but will do so without Jindal, who rejected an offer to appear on the show.

"I was taken aback by that peculiar stagecraft, the walking from somewhere in the back of this narrow hall, this winding staircase looming there, the odd anti-bellum look of the scene," Matthews said in a statement provided to Calderone. "Was this some mimicking of a president walking along the state floor to the East Room?

Calderon also noted that this isn't the first "oh God" incident for Matthews.

"Chris Matthews muttered 'Oh, God' under his breath after Rep. Ron Paul responded to a question he asked during the May 3, 2007 GOP debate," non-liberal blog 24ahead observed nearly two years ago.

This video is from MSNBC, broadcast Feb. 24, 2009.

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