Dan Rather’s Watermelon Anecdote
Matt | On 09, Mar 2010
Dan Rather is a racist! Well, at least that’s what some want you to believe.
The clip above is from The Chris Matthews Show this past weekend. Rather was describing the assumed Republican view of President Obama. He said the GOP will say, “He’s a nice person .. very articulate .. but he couldn’t sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.” Interesting way to frame it, but maybe not the best choice of words. We all know that the GOP doesn’t think Obama is a great leader, but they don’t like anyone not exactly like them.
I looked at the comment at face value. Dan was explaining a position and how he felt a group of people view the president. Unfortunately, his analogy was a bit rural – because they DO sell watermelons and a host of other fruit on the side of the road in the South. I think most people are intelligent enough to analyze the context of the comment and blow it off because it really means nothing. So much for controversy…
(Thanks to Jocelyn for the news tip).