Monday, March 8, 2010

Did you know that President Obama is trying to sell watermelons?

Oh this is just way too good to pass up! Where's the screaming Chris Matthews? I mean come on, if President Barack Hussein Obama makes Matthews' leg tingle, what did the comment by Dan Rather do to him? Inquiring minds want to know? Yeah, I said it and you are entitled to my opinion! VN8

Dan Rather Says Something That Sounds Kind of Racist
Dan Amira

If the X in the sentence "X made a comment about President Obama selling watermelons this weekend" were a prominent person of the Republican persuasion, X would probably be in the center of a media firestorm right now. In non-hypothetical terms, X is Dan Rather, who said this over the weekend on The Chris Matthews Show:

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."

It would probably be reading too much into the statement if we assumed that, because Rather was momentarily taking on the role of a Republican, maybe he just assumed the GOP would decide to infuse their messaging with some racist undertones. More likely is that, for one reason or another, watermelons were the first thing that popped into Rather's head when he was coming up with something for Obama to sell in that little analogy of his. Maybe it's because Rather harbors some subconscious racial stereotypes, or because, in his mind, a watermelon is a good example of something that's very easy to sell, especially when state troopers are controlling traffic (?). Either way, a good rule of thumb is to just never mention Obama and watermelons in the same sentence.


Lee said...

Brit Hume address this last night on O'Reilly. His point, of course, was that had something similar been said by himself (Hume) or anyone else associated with FOX, by Limbaugh or Levin or Hannity, an earthquake would have ensued. All too true.

For the life of me, I just don't understand why Dan "Fake but Accurate" Rather matters to anyone. To answer myself, I suppose it's because if the lib media were to acknowledge his sins, they would all be guilty by association.

VoteNovember2008 said...

Lee, very succinct summary! I absolutely love watermelon and I wish it wasn't being slandered this way. VN8

Lee said...

Geez, I should have proofed my post...big typo in the first sentence. My dyslexia is bubbling to the surface again. Lysdexics, untie!

VoteNovember2008 said...

Lee, I love it! VN8

Lee said...

Got a local show on talk radio going and the question was just asked "Where is the Rev Al to demand an apology and bashisment?" The answer from the host is that Rather is of the protected class, unlike Don Imus.

VoteNovember2008 said...

Lee, I hear that! Double standards! VN8

Anonymous said...

Lee said it best. The libs get a pass when one says something that is blatantly racist, but if a conservative were even to elude something racist they would be crucified by the media and liberals.