msnbc | January 26, 2013
>>> i talk with the host of "hardball" chris matthews . i sat down with chris while covering the inauguration earlier this week in d.c. and we begin with his thoughts on president obama 's inaugural address .
>> i think that the president has certain things he wants to get done and certain values that contribute to that, but i don't think it's meant to be a comprehensive speech, but i think he wrote it himself, a lot of it. and i think he put it on a legal pa. i thought important the part about foreign policy . we've had situations in the past where we had wars with countries and then ended up being their friends. why don't we start being friends. to me, it was all about iran . there is only other country we're thinking about going to war, with it's iran . why fighting the people of iran ? why kill a bunch of people iran because we don't like their nuclear program? he wants to avoid that. robin wright says if we don't take advantage of the weapon between now and when they weaponize, we will never have peace with iran it will be endless war with that enormously important country which could shake every part of our world.
>> the favorite line?
>> the courage to resolve differences with other nations peacefully, not because we are naive about the dangers we face, because engagement can more endurably lift fear. peace has durability. if you go to war, you go to war again. iraq one leads to iraq two. you keep going back and back and back. get caught in the quick sand . and he says i'm not going too do. been to afghanistan and iraq twice, we're not going back.
>> how does his speech get remembered in history?
>> the way it's being played right now by drum beaters a liberal speech.
>> did you have a favorite moment?
>> watching the first family. i loved it. i watched maybe an hour of watching them in the reviewing stand, and i kept thinking, my god, these are attractive, better off obviously, elite in a sense people and yet like any family at a wedding, a funeral, any kind of formal event, just sort of antsy. and i love the look back at the west front . stopped. not part of the ritual. just says this is something that i have -- maybe it's not all about me. but here is something i had a lot to do with, this at the no, ma'am nobody of all the -- phenomenon of al l of these people being here and he wanted to look back and see it. so much history to that spot. i said this yesterday, nixon came back after losing the kennedy election in '60 and in '81 after the guy who beated him was inaugurated, he was there. had the car -- use the car at 5:00 or whatever that night and had the driver before he gave up