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March 12, 2010 / J. Shaw

Chris Matthews (?) Goes With Biden on Disasterous Israel Trip

Vice President Biden’s trip to the Middle East — meant to pave the way for a new round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — is coming to a close, leaving in its wake a trail of stinging snubs, cringe-worthy blunders and one-word headlines in Israel newspapers: “Embarrassment.”  

“I am out of my mind.”

If it were merely a series of typical “Biden’isms,” it’d be one thing. But in a sign that U.S.-Israeli relations have cooled, the vice president and top Israeli officials spent the better part of the week poking each other in the eye.

It didn’t take long to see the trip was not going well.

The U.S. vice president’s most daring snub may have come when he arrived 90 minutes late to a dinner Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. 

But that was after a day of mishaps on the Israeli end and before the prospect of restarting peace talks began to sputter.

Perhaps the first sign was when the administration agreed to bring along MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, whose penchant for gaffery rivals Biden’s. 

The media guest of honor used his Monday programming to suggest, along with another reporter, that Israelis dislike President Obama because they’re racist. 

“Who’s more popular over here? Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden. Put them in order,” Matthews asked New York Times reporter Ethan Bronner Monday on air. When Bronner put Obama at the bottom, Matthews inquired: “Okay, that tells you a lot. So tell me why the president of the United States is so far at the bottom? Is it his middle name? Hussein?” 

Bronner said “prejudice” about Obama’s Islamic background was a factor, and then Matthews took it a step further, saying, “Yeah, because they see him as a black man.” 

Not the best way to kick off America’s presence in the Holy Land. It got worse from there. 

.foxnews.com/

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