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And Now We Interrupt Everyone and Everything to Wish a Happy Birthday to…

MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews.

The King of Interruptions turns 65 today.

Guess who surprised him (in person) with a cake?  None other than Vice President Joe Biden, who was at NBC for a taping of MTP that will air this Sunday.

And from FishbowlDC, since we know he so enjoyed his recent conversation with us, we’ve dug up this C-SPAN clip of President Obama (then Illinois Democratic Sen. Barack Obama) wishing him a happy birthday in 2005. Unfortunately that day wasn’t Matthews’s birthday – HA! (as he might say) – it was the eighth anniversary of his show.

Brace yourself Fishbowlers — it’s suspended MSNBCer David Shuster on that clip from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner who asks Obama to wish Matthews a happy anniversary for his Hardball show. POTUS screws the whole thing up, but at D. Shuster’s careful stage direction he quickly corrects himself.

Note to Matthews: Your Wikipedia page needs fixing. (It says your birthday is tomorrow.)

How did that all play out on “Hardball” that week? Find out after the jump…

From the video transcript…

CHRIS MATTHEWS: And, don`t forget, for more on the eighth anniversary of HARDBALL, including fun facts about our eight years, log on to our Web site, HARDBALL.MSNBC.com.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
CHARLES BARKLEY, FORMER NBA PLAYER: Hey, I`m Charles Barkley. Happy eighth anniversary to HARDBALL.
SEN. BARACK OBAMA (D), ILLINOIS: Happy eighth anniversary, Chris. We love you.
TIM ROBBINS, ACTOR: Eighth anniversary, that`s lace and linen. I hope you`re swimming in it by the end of the night.
KELSEY GRAMMER, ACTOR: Happy anniversary, Chris.
MIKE MYERS, ACTOR: Chris Matthews. congratulations.
KELLY PRESTON, ACTRESS: Happy eighth anniversary, Chris. And let`s play HARDBALL.
(END VIDEO CLIP)

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