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Matthews ‘gets very ethnic,’ says no one’s surprised Obama is good at basketball.

By Matt Corley

"Matthews ‘gets very ethnic,’ says no one’s surprised Obama is good at basketball."

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On MSNBC’s Hardball last night, while discussing Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) recent campaign stop at a Pennsylvania bowling alley, host Chris Matthews broadly generalized about African-Americans when he said to MSNBC political analyst Michelle Bernard, “You know, Michelle — and this gets very ethnic, but the fact that he’s good at basketball doesn’t surprise anybody.” “But the fact that he’s that terrible at bowling does make you wonder,” added Matthews. Later, Matthews said Obama’s bowling “form” wasn’t “the most macho.” Watch it:

Also on MSNBC earlier in the day, Joe Scarborough called Obama’s bowling performance both “dainty” and “prissy.”

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