A selection of deep thoughts from Chris Matthews, on MSNBC, on Inauguration Day (so far):

Upon the appearance of Vice President Cheney in a wheelchair:

MATTHEWS: What a metaphor. What a metaphor. What a metaphor.

Upon the appearance of Malia and Sasha Obama:

MATTHEWS: My daddy is president!

On the crowds on the mall:

MATTHEWS: What are those things you buy, you send away for and they grow, they fill in?


KEITH OLBERMANN: The Chia Pets? Where are you going with this?

MATTHEWS: The Chia Pets, that’s what the mall looks like, it’s grown overnight….

As President Bush departed in a helicopter:

MATTHEWS: I was thinking besides seeing so many teeth of happy people smiling today, I allowed myself to float in the mystery of our nationhood…

Float on!

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.