Via Beltway Confidential:
While participating in a panel at the CEO Summit of the Americas, in Colombia yesterday, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews appeared to grow tired of the diplomatic tone of the panel and tried to stir things up a bit.
Referring to remarks made by the President of Brazil expressing a desired for an economy equal to that of the United States, Mathews summarized. “How do we either respond to Brazil’s demand, really, to be partners and rivals — they want to use our educational resources, they want to come north to learn how to compete with us — right, Madam President?”
“You want to be equals,” Matthews added, “You want to learn everything we know, and then take it back and shove it at us, right? (Laughter.) Isn’t that it?”
“Chris, I’m not sure you’re characterizing what President Rousseff said,” Obama interrupted, as the crowd laughed, “But this is what happens when you get some of our U.S. political commentators moderating a panel. They try to stir up things that may not always be there.”
“And Chris is good at it,” Obama added lightly, “He’s one of the best.”