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Dan Rather: 'Articulate' Obama Couldn't Even 'Sell Watermelons'
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Posted on 03/09/2010 5:46:02 AM PST by MindBender26

HDNet's Dan Rather stepped on one mine after another in the racial minefield that exists when talking about the nation's first black President as the former CBS anchor, on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show over the weekend, uttered the following take on the President's ability to get health care passed and how the GOP and independents would view it.

DAN RATHER: Part of the undertow in the coming election is going to be President Obama's leadership. And the Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument. "Listen he just hasn't been, look at the health care bill. It was his number one priority. It took him forever to get it through and he had to compromise it to death." And a version of, "Listen he's a nice person, he's very articulate" this is what's been used against him, "but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: danrather; watermelons
See the video at the link
1 posted on 03/09/2010 5:46:03 AM PST by MindBender26
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To: MindBender26

“Listen, he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate -— this is what’s [gonna] be used against him -— but he couldn’t sell watermelons if you gave him state troopers to flag down the traffic.”


2 posted on 03/09/2010 5:47:39 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: MindBender26

Rather said something more important...called Obama a socialist.


3 posted on 03/09/2010 5:47:42 AM PST by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: MindBender26

The transcript makes it look like he was speaking in complete sentences. Not the case. He was incapable of completing a thought.


4 posted on 03/09/2010 5:47:45 AM PST by DManA
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To: MindBender26

Articulate??? Ya coulda fooled me, and I spent quite of few years in the medical corpse.


5 posted on 03/09/2010 5:49:55 AM PST by Bringbackthedraft
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To: MindBender26

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?


6 posted on 03/09/2010 5:52:40 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: mbarker12474

“Listen, he’s a nice person, he’s very articulate”

He means that Obozo’s teleprompter is very articulate.

Anyway, can you just imagine the volcanic eruptions
that would be going on if a conservative had said what Blather said.... Watermelons? hahaha


7 posted on 03/09/2010 5:53:49 AM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: MindBender26
Conservatives everywhere should repeat this as often as possible when appearing in the MSM: “Well, Matt, I agree with Dan Rather, Obama can't sell watermelons and he can't sell health care reform...”
8 posted on 03/09/2010 5:55:18 AM PST by Dansong
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To: MindBender26

bump for later reference


9 posted on 03/09/2010 5:58:37 AM PST by FLAMING DEATH (Are you better off than you were $4 trillion ago?)
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To: MindBender26

I love it when they eat their own.


10 posted on 03/09/2010 6:01:54 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: MindBender26
Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument..."but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."

No Dan you moron. That's not how Republicans think...that's how YOU think.

Wear it with pride.

11 posted on 03/09/2010 6:01:57 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Deathcare...a solution desperately looking for a problem.)
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To: MindBender26

Rather is the “Jimmy Carter” of media journalism...a has-been desperately trying to remain relevant...and failing badly.


12 posted on 03/09/2010 6:03:14 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: MindBender26
I dunno. I'd probably buy a watermelon from President Obama if a state trooper flagged me down and asked me to buy one . . . . .
13 posted on 03/09/2010 6:03:34 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

“Pants on the ground. Pants on the ground. Ya can’t sell Water Melons with your pants on the ground.”


14 posted on 03/09/2010 6:04:50 AM PST by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: Sacajaweau
Rather said something more important...called Obama a socialist.

And Rather--friend of Fidel--ought to know. Dan was certainly complaining when he noted Barry "had to compromise [ObamaCare] to death." Dan wanted the whole megillah, an unwatered-down, capitalism-killer.

But you're right to take note.   It isn't every year Dan says something important.

HF

15 posted on 03/09/2010 6:05:39 AM PST by holden
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To: mlocher

“I love it when they eat their own.”
____

Me, too. It is like watching the circus, or a dog and pony show, or I guess more like the snake oil salesmen are in town. Entertaining but dangerous.


16 posted on 03/09/2010 6:10:02 AM PST by RowdyFFC (The opinion of a wise Welshtino woman...)
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To: MindBender26

We are way too sensitive about comments that may or may not have a racial meaning behind them. Dan Rather is known for using such analogies and probably had no idea he was making a racial reference.


17 posted on 03/09/2010 6:10:58 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: MindBender26

Liberal mindspeak at it best.


18 posted on 03/09/2010 6:12:15 AM PST by cricket (Proud to be the 'Party of NO')
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To: MindBender26

Of course he can’t sell watermelons. Only a few years ago, he was busy bringing us coffee!


19 posted on 03/09/2010 6:13:47 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Raycpa

Ray, please hop back on your turnip truck.


20 posted on 03/09/2010 6:15:04 AM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: MindBender26

If he couldn’t sell watermelons he could try fried chicken, Dan.


21 posted on 03/09/2010 6:19:05 AM PST by luvbach1 (Worse than we could have imagined.)
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To: MindBender26

Not a peep about this in the MSM. If a conservative had said this, they’d have been camped outside his or her door wanting blood.


22 posted on 03/09/2010 6:20:25 AM PST by brownsfan (The average American: Uninformed, and unconcerned.)
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To: MindBender26

Hey Dan, if he couldn’t see watermelons to you, why did you buy his BS that he was qualified and able to be President?


23 posted on 03/09/2010 6:22:02 AM PST by Freds2nd
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To: MindBender26
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24 posted on 03/09/2010 6:24:51 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: brownsfan
Not a peep about this in the MSM. If a conservative had said this, they’d have been camped outside his or her door wanting blood.

I'm not into PC speech, but are you ever correct.

Beck or Rush saying this would have caused a complete meltdown of the msm.

When one of their own says something stupid, it's just totally ignored. Never happened, move along.

25 posted on 03/09/2010 6:36:48 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: MindBender26
 
 
 
 
 

 
"That Dan is an idiot. I sold all of 'em but one! What does he know?"

26 posted on 03/09/2010 6:38:14 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Raycpa

I agree. I think what folks are exercised about is the double standard: If a conservative had innocently made the “watermelon” remark, he’d be pilloried. But Rather gets a pass because he’s a known liberal.


27 posted on 03/09/2010 6:38:49 AM PST by pogo101
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Flatlander’s in Connecticut don’t have turnip trucks.


28 posted on 03/09/2010 6:48:12 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: MindBender26

“he couldn’t sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.”....

Can’t argue with that.....


29 posted on 03/09/2010 7:17:23 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

And this “watermelon” crack on top of Juan Williams saying the gov’t “can’t get us to eat the dog food”. (In talking about us mere citizens not buying Obummer’s health care plan, 2nd stimulus plan, cap & trade, etc.) I call it putting it in langguage we understand!


30 posted on 03/09/2010 7:38:36 AM PST by kiltie65
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To: kiltie65

Sorry, “language”.


31 posted on 03/09/2010 7:39:21 AM PST by kiltie65
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To: MindBender26
KNX News in LA coses their article on this with: Rather has long been accused by conservative critics as having a liberal bias."

Well that settles, Rather can't have a liberal bias because he is a racist bigot, therefore he must be Conservative.

32 posted on 03/09/2010 7:42:59 AM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: mlocher

I love it when they eat their own.

Watermelons???


33 posted on 03/09/2010 7:58:10 AM PST by dusttoyou (libs are all wee wee'd up and no place to go)
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To: MindBender26
B-17s in Seattle....
34 posted on 03/09/2010 7:59:00 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Raycpa

You could be right when it comes to Rather...just remember all of the Ratherisms from election nights.

http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blratherisms.htm

Quotes from CBS Anchor Dan Rather on Election Night 2004

“Do you hear that knocking...President Bush’s re-election is at the door.”

“This race is hotter than a Times Square Rolex.”

“His lead is as thin as turnip soup.”

“This race is humming along like Ray Charles.”

“The presidential race is swinging like Count Basie.”

“This race is hotter than the Devil’s anvil.”

“Ohio becomes like a sauna for the two candidates. All they can do is wait and sweat.”

“One’s reminded of that old saying, ‘Don’t taunt the alligator until after you’ve crossed the creek.’”

“This situation in Ohio would give an aspirin a headache.’’

“Bush is sweeping through the South like a big wheel through a cotton field.”

“What Kerry needs at this point is the equivalent of Tom Brady coming off the bench to rescue him. But it’s still too close to call.”

“No question now that Kerry’s rapidly reaching the point where he’s got his back to the wall, his shirttails on fire and the bill collector’s at the door.”

“John Kerry needs something on the order of a 55 or 60-yard field goal to win this.”

(To Joe Lockhart) “I know that you’d rather walk through a furnace in a gasoline suit than consider the possibility that John Kerry would lose Ohio.”

(To Joe Lockhart) “What about Michigan? It’s been out there for a long time. Is that making your fingernails sweat?”

“This presidential race has been crackling like a hickory fire for at least the last hour and a half.”

“Let’s see where it goes from here. Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows.”

“We keep talking about Ohio if you’ve been tuning in and out or you put the baby to bed or you went to pop the cap on an adult, or otherwise, beverage...”

“We used to say if a frog had side pockets, he’d carry a handgun.”

“No one is saying that George Bush is not going to win the election, and if you had to bet the double-wide, you’d have to bet that he’d win.”

“In southern states they beat him like a rented mule.”

“If you try to read the tea leaves before the cup is done you can get yourself burned.”

“We need Billy Crystal to Analyze This”

“You know that old song, ‘it’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely’ for President Bush in most areas of the country.”

“We had a slight hitch in our giddy up, but we corrected that.”

“In some ways, George Bush’s lead is as thin as November ice.”

“Put on a cup of coffee, this race isn’t going to be over for a while.”

“You look at the map and say it’s all a big Bush victory. But this is one time when your Mother is right, looks can be deceiving.”

“John Kerry’s moon has just moved behind a cloud, as far as Florida is concerned.”

On Kerry’s chances: “To use a metaphor, he’s gotta draw to an inside straight. But hey, sometimes you get lucky and hit that straight.”

“Is it like a swan, with every feather above the water settled, but under the water paddling like crazy?”

“What you have here is the football equivalent of a fourth quarter rally by Kerry.”

The election is “closer than Lassie and Timmy”

“Keep in mind they are teetotally meetmortally convinced they have Ohio won.”

“Vice President Dick Cheney would not have flown all the way out there (Hawaii) overnight and put that lei around his neck and sort of hula-danced, if you will, unless he thought there was a chance of carrying that out there.”

“President Bush smiling there with his family. He’s laid down aces so far.”

“You can almost hear the GOP (deep breathing sound). We’re getting within maybe smelling distance.”

“We don’t know what to do. We don’t know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.”

On how the results are affecting strategists: “It’s one reason so many of them drink a lot.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on being congratulated on victory by Rather: “Thanks Dan, I always believe you.” Rather: “Now, ladies and gentleman, if you believe that, you’ll believe rocks can grow.”

Quotes from Dan Rather on Election Night 2002

“Could be game set and match Republicans.”
“They’re about first and goal from 4 yards out.”

“Tight as the pages in a book.”

“President Bush is hoping to ace his first midterm.”

“Crackling like a hickory fire.”

“Two hands worth of white knuckle still hanging ten.”

“Reminds you of that old Will Rogers line, it takes a lot of money just to get beaten.”

“It’s beginning to get exciting as the Democrats’ fingernails are starting to sweat”

Quotes from Dan Rather on Election Night 2000

“This race is shakier than cafeteria Jell-O.”

“Turn the lights down, the party just got wilder.”

“It’s cardiac-arrest time in this presidential campaign.”

“He swept through the South like a tornado through a trailer park.”

“Don’t bet the trailer money yet.”

“It’s too early to say he has the whip hand.”

“Now Florida, that race, the heat from it is hot enough to peel house paint.”

“It’s a ding dong battle back and forth.”

“If he doesn’t carry Florida Slim will have left town.”

“If a frog had side pockets, he’d carry a hand gun.”

“They both have champagne on ice, but after the night is over, they might need a pick axe to open them.”

“This race is tight like a too-small bathing suit on a too-long ride home from the beach.”

“It’s about as complicated as a wiring diagram to some dynamo.”

“Only votes talk - everything else walks.”

“This will show you how tight it is - it’s spandex tight.”

“We’re going to go to some of those longnecks from a long time ago.”

“He’s going to find that people will hang on him like a coat rack.”

“This election swings like one of those pendulum things.”

“This race is as tight as the rusted lug nuts on a ‘55 Ford.”

“What we know is that there will be no decision until some of those races are decided.”

“Al Gore has his back to the wall, shirt tails on fire with this race in Florida.”

“You talk about a ding-dong, knock-down, get-up race.”

“When it comes to a race like this, I’m a long distance runner and an all-day hunter.”

“It’s the American way: if you don’t vote, you don’t get to whine.”

“Smelling salts for all Democrats please.”

“Maybe you can bring some perspective on this, we’re plum out.”

“When the going gets weird, anchor men punt.”

“Tipper is probably telling her husband to hook a U, go back to the house to get a recount.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat, Republican or a mug wamp, elected officials play it straight.”

“Florida is the whole deal, the real deal, a big deal.”

“The presidential race still hotter than a Laredo parking lot.”

“These returns are running like a squirrel in a cage.”

“It was as hot and squalid as a New York elevator in August.”

“Bush has run through Dixie like a big wheel through a cotton field.”

“This will have the people in Austin standing up like they got stuck with hat pins.”

“...in Austin, between the 10 gallon hats and the Willie Nelson head bands.”

“The big burrito out there in California”

“They’ll be doing back flips in Nashville.”

“It would be Shakespearean for Al Gore to lose because of his home state.”

“I think you would likelier see a hippopotamus run through this room than see George Bush appoint Ralph Nader to the Cabinet.”

“None of this television mumbo jumbo, let’s get in there and count the votes.”

“Frankly we don’t know whether to wind the watch or to bark at the moon.”

“We’ve lived by the crystal ball, we’re eating so much broken glass. We’re in critical condition.”


35 posted on 03/09/2010 7:59:29 AM PST by Republican Wildcat
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To: dusttoyou

LOL! — They have the same IQ


36 posted on 03/09/2010 8:06:21 AM PST by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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