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Dan Rather Makes 'Watermelon' Quip in Depicting GOP Attacks on Obama (crickets from the MSM)
Foxnews ^ | 3/9/2010 | Staff

Posted on 03/09/2010 4:18:27 AM PST by Red in Blue PA

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, speaking on the GOP's expected strategy against Democrats in elections this fall, said Republicans would describe President Obama as "a nice person ... very articulate" but an ineffective leader who "couldn't sell watermelons if you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."

Rather prefaced the comments, made Sunday on the "Chris Matthews Show," by saying, "The Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument."

Rather is known for his homespun anecdotes, though his choice of language in this instance already is raising some eyebrows on media blogs, which note the potential "racial minefield."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; blackpresident; danrather; watermelons

1 posted on 03/09/2010 4:18:27 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

aaawww, it’s just crazy Uncle Dan


2 posted on 03/09/2010 4:21:39 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Another Dan Blather quote that has all of the charm and timeless essence of a ‘54 Chevrolet on the side of the road in West Texas on U.S. 90, missing all but one of it’s hub caps, as the armadillos and rattlesnakes play Three Card Monte in the back seat, as vultures fly overhead.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 4:22:26 AM PST by mkjessup
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To: Red in Blue PA

You shouldnt make too much from this reference to watermelons. After all it isnt the fact that Obama is half-black that is offensive to Americans.
It is the fact that he is all Communist.


4 posted on 03/09/2010 4:23:36 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Red in Blue PA

Actually, in defense of Dan Rather, this Watermelons/State Troopers comment is standard fare. People really do say this all the time. Rather’s mistake was one of context and forum.


5 posted on 03/09/2010 4:26:06 AM PST by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be your slave.)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Dan Rather Makes 'Watermelon' Quip

Rather is known for his homespun anecdotes, though his choice of language in this instance already is raising some eyebrows on media blogs, which note the potential "racial minefield."

Oh Jeez! (slappin' head)
Give me a fricken break. Now the mention of Watermelon is Racist.

Someone needs a slap upside the head -- with a Louisville Slugger!
(Nothin' beats: 'A Good Piece Of Ash'.) (snicker)

6 posted on 03/09/2010 4:26:36 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: Red in Blue PA

It’s just item # 1,345,857 in the catalog of media double standards. The practice is so commonplace now that it barely elicits complaints from Republicans or Conservatives against whom the bias is employed. We just expect it as a matter of political fact, and move on.


7 posted on 03/09/2010 4:28:52 AM PST by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Before it’s over, Rather’s words will be depicted as Republican’s being racist.


8 posted on 03/09/2010 4:30:06 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Red in Blue PA

Seems like Kenneth got the wrong frequency.

By the way, I thought that watermelons referred to “green activists” who were green on the outside but red (commies) on the inside.


9 posted on 03/09/2010 4:31:24 AM PST by Rocky (Obama's policy: A thousand points of lies.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Dan’s comment gave Chrissie the buckwheats!


10 posted on 03/09/2010 4:31:51 AM PST by silverleaf ("Congress is America's only native criminal class."- Mark Twain)
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To: Red in Blue PA
Obama couldn't give away Kools to illegitimate high school dropouts if Chicago thugs hijacked a semi...............

Obama couldn't couldn't sell condoms to bro's in the hood if he nationalized Trojans..........................

Obama couldn't sell stolen bling to his homeys if George Soros said it was ok..........................

Ok, I tried...........

11 posted on 03/09/2010 4:31:58 AM PST by Doc Savage (SOBAMP!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I just watch the video. Matthews jumped in real fast when he realized what Dan was saying about Obamie.


12 posted on 03/09/2010 4:32:11 AM PST by mickie
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To: mkjessup

LOL !


13 posted on 03/09/2010 4:32:43 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: Doc Savage

RATHERISMS....


14 posted on 03/09/2010 4:32:51 AM PST by RaceBannon (RON PAUL: THE PARTY OF TRUTHERS AND TRAITORS!!!)
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To: Rocky
"By the way, I thought that watermelons referred to “green activists” who were green on the outside but red (commies) on the inside."

Excellent point. I'll bet that Rather was just trying to point out 0bama's failure to sell the Country his cabal.

15 posted on 03/09/2010 4:34:24 AM PST by n230099
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To: Condor51
Give me a fricken break. Now the mention of Watermelon is Racist.

Isn't that ridiculous!

But of course Obama could remove all this crap from popular culture (if he were really a post-racial person) by simply repeating to Americans that such statements are not racially motivated and, even if they are, they are just words.

Banning words is completely unconnected with changing hearts so as to kill racial prejudice. The best way to stop the use of words to tease is to simply become insensitive to them. Any school boy knows this.

That said, Obama is, in his own way, just as much a race baiter as Sharpton or Jackson. He has a vested interest in keeping racism alive!

16 posted on 03/09/2010 4:37:58 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

“control the language, control the people”


17 posted on 03/09/2010 4:44:31 AM PST by Highest Authority (DemonRats are pure EVIL)
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To: Highest Authority
Yep!

I think Americans are getting sick and tired of Obama's Orwellian BS.

18 posted on 03/09/2010 4:49:57 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies (I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself... - D.H. Lawrence)
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To: Red in Blue PA

One ... ONE comment like that from ANYone on the right and there would be NYT headlines, numerous calls for prosecution, and a WatermelonGate Congressional Probe.


19 posted on 03/09/2010 4:50:16 AM PST by Lazamataz (Seriously. The only way Obama can possibly pull this out is to declare Martial Law before November.)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
*** Isn't that ridiculous! ***

It certainly is. Bordering on ludicrous.

*** But of course Obama could remove all this crap from popular culture (if he were really a post-racial person) by simply repeating to Americans that such statements are not racially motivated and, even if they are, they are just words. ***

Right, he could. Easily. Just a simple word from Gibbs in any press briefing. That everyone should 'knock it off with the that's offensive 'carp'. That he's above that nonsense and everyone else should be too'.

*** Banning words is completely unconnected with changing hearts so as to kill racial prejudice. The best way to stop the use of words to tease is to simply become insensitive to them. Any school boy knows this. ***

As my momma taught me with that old saying, 'Sticks and stones can break your bones but WORDS will never hurt you.' (everyone's mother basically taught that in the olden days)

*** That said, Obama is, in his own way, just as much a race baiter as Sharpton or Jackson. He has a vested interest in keeping racism alive! ***

Yes he is. He does it in a sneaky way where he appears to be above it all, but isn't. He plays both ends against the middle. Obama's basically a back stabbin' snake.

20 posted on 03/09/2010 4:52:26 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: mickie
Matthews jumped in real fast when he realized what Dan was saying about Obamie.

If Sarah Palin had been the guest and had made a gaffe like this, I bet Matthews would have stopped everything and declared, "I've been around a long time, but that is perhaps the most racist statement I have ever heard in my life."

21 posted on 03/09/2010 4:53:55 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (We're all heading toward red revolution - we just disagree on which type of Red we want.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Always amusing when a Marxist steps in a deep pile of PC orthodoxy.


22 posted on 03/09/2010 5:05:21 AM PST by MBB1984
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To: Red in Blue PA

Remember when Fuzzy Zoeller got pilloried for mentioning that Tiger Woods liked collard greens (or something to that effect). How is this any different?


23 posted on 03/09/2010 5:08:43 AM PST by randita (Sarah Palin has the same computer that I have.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

I think “watermelon” might have been a Freudian slip in referring to Obama.

Green on the outside, RED inside through and through.


24 posted on 03/09/2010 5:15:45 AM PST by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Condor51; SonOfDarkSkies

“Now the mention of Watermelon is Racist.”

...other ‘racial minefield’ words that will soon be banned
rope
gold tooth
chitlins
Kools
malt liquor
fried chicken
niggardly


25 posted on 03/09/2010 5:16:05 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: STONEWALLS

What does fried chicken have to do with race?


26 posted on 03/09/2010 5:18:43 AM PST by AzaleaCity5691
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To: Red in Blue PA

“The mayor apologized and resigned, claiming he was unaware of the stereotype that blacks like watermelon.”
I like watermelon, and love fried chicken. Does this make me black?


27 posted on 03/09/2010 5:22:31 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: STONEWALLS
*** rope ***

Arrrrrgggh!. 'Rope', ROPE?!? Oh nooooooo. You said ...'rope'.

For years and years I'll now be having nightmares of lynchings.
Or.. being dragged by a pickup.
...............

'SERIES", these people need to get a life.

28 posted on 03/09/2010 5:24:54 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: STONEWALLS

“Niggardly” means frugal and 0bama is anything but “niggardly”.


29 posted on 03/09/2010 5:27:50 AM PST by reg45
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To: reg45

...I know what it means...and I also know that it was also used in black city worker’s annual review in DC and the result was a civil rights lawsuit.


30 posted on 03/09/2010 5:31:28 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: ClearCase_guy

“Matthews jumped in real fast when he realized what Dan was saying about Obamie.
If Sarah Palin had been the guest and had made a gaffe like this, I bet Matthews would have stopped everything and declared, “I’ve been around a long time, but that is perhaps the most racist statement I have ever heard in my life.”

Yeah, additionally, Matthews and his merry band of elitist, condescending snobs enjoy making fun of Palin’s public school background. Danny boy graducated (well, I assume he graduated) from Sam Houston State University. I doubt that they’ll poke fun of his school having the word “State” in it.


31 posted on 03/09/2010 5:31:45 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: Red in Blue PA
The last time I heard “watermelon” used as a metaphor it was a “green on the outside, red on the inside” reference to radical lefty “reds” masquerading as “green” environmentalists. I don't recall any shouts of "racism" in connection with that syntax.

I think the main racist aspect of this recorded exchange was Chris Matthews getting the vapors the instant he heard the mention of “watermelon” in the context of a discussion of Barack Hussein Obama’s incompetence.

The vegetable I associate with Obama is the coca leaf and, of course, its more popular powdered extract.

32 posted on 03/09/2010 5:32:28 AM PST by Mobties
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To: RGSpincich
Before it’s over, Rather’s words will be depicted as Republican’s being racist.

Winner winner....chicken dinner!!!

33 posted on 03/09/2010 5:35:11 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Barack Obama is Osama bin Laden's relief pitcher.)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

And I like collard greens and boiled turnips too.


34 posted on 03/09/2010 5:42:25 AM PST by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messiah. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: Red in Blue PA
I dare any public official to create a cartoon depicting Obama on the side of the road selling watermelons. His or her career would be over instantly.

I still find it incredulous Clinton got away with his coffee fetching comment.

35 posted on 03/09/2010 5:45:59 AM PST by Neverforget01 (The problem is the doing, not the talking....Gov Haley Barbour)
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To: ClearCase_guy

You bet-ya!


36 posted on 03/09/2010 5:47:07 AM PST by mickie
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To: andy58-in-nh

We shouldn’t ignore his old sidekick Mike Wallace and his “tacos and watermelons” gaffe of several years ago.


37 posted on 03/09/2010 5:47:12 AM PST by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: freebird5850

“And I like collard greens and boiled turnips too.”
Gag me with a spoon! I don’t mind deep fried okra, but keep those stinking brussel sprouts away from me.
Fried gator is good, too.


38 posted on 03/09/2010 5:49:18 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
Oooh - brussels sprouts only stink when they're overcooked, just like other cruciferous veggies like cabbage and broccoli. For the record, I never would even look at them until I was 50 years old.

Just steam them gently for 4-5 minutes, then saute them in olive oil and garlic until crisp-tender. They can also be oven-roasted. They're dee-lish!

39 posted on 03/09/2010 6:52:19 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette

“They’re dee-lish!”
Nope! Nothin’ doing. I’m over 50. They suck. End of story.
“cruciferous veggies...” You got ‘er spelled wrong. It’s luciferous veggies.


40 posted on 03/09/2010 6:59:09 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Scotsman will be Free

LOL - OK, there’ll just be more for me ;-)


41 posted on 03/09/2010 7:05:40 AM PST by Inspectorette
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To: Neverforget01

Failed melon salesman prints money in new career.


42 posted on 03/09/2010 7:11:59 AM PST by dogcaller
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To: randita
IIRC, the winner at golf that day got to determine the menu items for the dinner.

Fuzzy joked when Tiger won it would be ‘collard greens’ and (IIRC) ‘fried chicken’.

Harmless ribbing if there was no racial animosity intended.

A disgusting display of prejudice if he really held Tiger's race against him.

That is why such statements are dangerous, and why we always see the MSM jump on those by R's and ignore those by D's; the assumption of racism is all that it takes to turn an innocuous comment into prejudice. And the MSM is much more likely to assume that the comment of an R is coming from racial prejudice.

43 posted on 03/09/2010 7:19:55 AM PST by allmendream (Income is EARNED not distributed. So how could it be re-distributed?)
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To: Scotsman will be Free
"like watermelon...love fried chicken"

Ditto. When I was a kid living in a virtually all-white (like me) part of the country, it would have been difficult to find someone who didn't like watermelon and fried chicken. I'm sure they were there, but I didn't know them. So I was always perplexed by statements that eating the melon and the chicken were somehow things only Black people did.

44 posted on 03/09/2010 7:37:40 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: STONEWALLS

I know that story also. I just love the language cops - don’t you!


45 posted on 03/09/2010 8:08:37 AM PST by reg45
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To: STONEWALLS
rope, gold tooth, .......

You forgot articulate

46 posted on 03/09/2010 4:35:18 PM PST by txroadkill (relax - the government is in charge)
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