MATTHEWS: Welcome, Mr. President. You know how we line up here, sir, and to begin with, I think it was abominable how Fox’s Bill O’Reilly treated you during his interview with you in the White House, no less.
OBAMA: Well, Chris --
MATTHEWS: Of all the gall. It shouldn't matter if he does work for a nasty right-wing company that loosely calls itself a news organization, he was clearly way out of bounds interrupting you.
OBAMA: Chris, uh --
MATTHEWS: What, something like 425 times?
OBAMA: Actually, 426 times --
MATTHEWS: HA! Wow! That’s disrespectiful and just shows O'Reilly's a guy who loves to hear himself talk, a guy too self-absorbed with his own politics -- and does it bother you I pronounce politics “powitics”? -- to let the president of the United States get a word in edgeways.
OBAMA: No, but Chris --
MATTHEWS: Or is it “edge-wise ”? HA! Anyway, I’m glad you’re starting to finally stand up for yourself, even if other Democrats don’t have the guts to fight back at these Republicans. And speaking of Republicans, they all hated it, but I loved how you sang the blues at the White House, and when you said that folks are more excited about Michelle than you.
OBAMAS: Well, I meant --
MATTHEWS: That was another real JFK touch, like the rock-star reaction you got when you ran in 2008. I remember Jack Kennedy, and just wrote a book about him -- this one right here -- which is in bookstores across the land and which I am honored and fortunate to plug on my show. Where was I? Oh, yes, you have real star power, just like Jack.
OBAMA: Thank you, Chris, but --
MATTHEWS: Fascinating stuff, sir, and Jack would have loved you. I know you have far more important things on your plate and have to get back to the Oval Office, and I have a ten-minute "Let Me Finish" commentary on blow-hard Republicans, but I am really -- I know I say “reawy” -- grateful to you for these few minutes of your valuable time visiting us on “Hardball” and we would be thrilled if you came on again.
OBAMA: Thank --
MATTHEWS: No, sir, thank you!