Actually, Chris Matthews started a heated debate after Obama's victory speech.
Rather than cry, he was pissed.
He thought Obama was selfish and ungracious, by not acknowledging the Democratic Party, and most especially for omitting BILL CLINTON who he said worked his butt off for Obama.
Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow defended Obama as not wanting to be divisive, and that the gratitude would be shown to Clinton in private. But Chris Matthews would hear none of it. He was PISSED.
I can see both sides.
On the one hand, speaking about anything too partisan such as thanking only Democrats and Bill Clinton for the win, would have negated his remarks at the end about not being red states or blue states.
I think people don't get that Obama really isn't a hardcore Democrat. He does try to be "above" party, and tries to unite the country in a post-partisan way.
Granted, he most identifies with Democratic principles, but I wouldn't necessarily classify him as a Liberal. He's definitely more towards the middle.
So Chris was barking up the wrong tree, in forcing Obama to thank the party, the Unions, and Clintons, because that's not the tone Obama was trying to set.
THAT SAID, I do indeed think it was a glaring faux pas to not thank Bill Clinton. If it weren't for all of Clinton's hard work, I dare say Obama might not have gotten re-elected. He needed Clinton - BADLY - coming into the Covention, and after that horrible first debate.
So Chris had an extremely valid point. It would have taken one millisecond to thank Bill Clinton. And Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, for that matter. But he chose to leave them out.
I do agree that it was plain old bad manners, and a bit selfish.