Some people would argue with you when you say "never." You'd have to go back through every speech to establish that.
But this was more of an "eye of the beholder" thing. Matthews didn't respond to what Obama was actually saying, but to the image he imposed on Obama of the second coming of Kennedy and King.
It was like that with a lot of Obama voters. They wanted and needed him to be patriotic, inclusive, intellectual or heroic and they just assumed he was those things and more.
Something like that happens in many elections, but the gap between what people convince themselves is true and the evidence they actually have supporting their belief is rarely if ever so large as it was in 2008.
On the contrary. It is my assertion. Someone, anyone, needs only find one positive/patriotic remark about the American way made by President Barack Obama that is not him tooting his own trumpet about how much better President Obama is than all others who came before him.
Good luck finding one. He's a lifelong red diaper doper baby and loathes America.