Chris Matthews: Obama Is President Because He Put 'Cojones On The Line' Against 'Stupid-A** War' MSNBC’s Chris Matthews joined Morning Joe on Monday: "And the President is out there talking to these rah-rah, talking to these movie stars talking about you have dinner with Michelle and the President. What’s this Mickey Mouse stuff? Who’s going to vote for a guy for that reason? Gee whiz, I have a one chance in a million to have dinner with the President. That affects my enthusiasm? No. Enthusiasm comes from leadership. He stuck his neck out. He put them on the line when he came out against the Iraq war as a young guy. That’s why he’s president. Somebody should remind him: 'You know why you’re president? Because Hillary didn’t do it, and you did. And that’s what got you the presidency. You stuck your cojones on the line and said ‘I’m against this stupid-ass war.' And that’s why he’s president. Not because he was careful."