MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who once famously declared that he felt a "thrill going up my leg" after hearing Barack Obama speak, on Tuesday dismissed the controversies hanging over the White House merely as "kerfuffles."
"See, my problem with Obama, and it continues, and I don't understand it. You know, the reason he's been in trouble the last four or five weeks, and it’s because of these kerfuffles. They're bad, but they’re not awful," Matthews said on "Hardball with Chris Matthews."
Later, in teasing an upcoming segment, he asked: "Has the White House learned any lessons from the scandal, the kerfuffle rather, over at the IRS?"
The White House is facing scrutiny regarding the Justice Department's probing of journalists, the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative political organizations, and remaining questions about the September terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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Matthews did criticize Obama earlier this month, saying the president "obviously likes giving speeches more than he does running the executive branch."