Matthews Counsels Obama: Talk To Americans As If They Were 'Two-Year Olds'

Quite the MSNBC two-fer tonight.  Wrapping up Hardball, Chris Matthews counseled President Obama to explain his accomplishments to the American people "as if he were talking to a two-year old."

Later, on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, MSNBC contributor Richard Wolffe said he "might get into trouble" for saying that President George W. Bush has done a dignifed job of staying out of the limelight since leaving office.  Was Wolffe being facetious?  He seemed straight-faced. View the video after the jump.

Watch these two gems. Wolffe didn't seem to be joking about getting into trouble for saying something decent about W.  And Matthews obviously has little regard for the intelligence of the American people. 

On Hardball, Chris Matthews counseled President Obama to literally treat the American people like children.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: I want President Obama to focus on something between now and November.  What I'd like him to do is speak simply and clearly to this country about what he's accomplished. I said simply and clearly.  Remember Denzel Washington in the movie Philadelphia? He played the lawyer who told prospective clients to "explain this to me like I'm a two-year old.". . . He needs to sell his auto-rescue plan, his jobs act, his health-care act as if he were talking to a two-year old.  And he can do it.    

Later, on Sharpton's Politics Nation, after video was rolled of 43 saying it's not good for former presidents to be "bloviating and opining" and that he has no interest in fame or power . . .

RICHARD WOLFFE: I might get into trouble for saying this but I actually think President Bush has done a dignified job of staying out of the public eye and not taking part in this.

Mark Finkelstein
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