We're not mad. Honestly. It's just…right or wrong, a seasoned veteran should have seen this coming from a mile away

Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather

put his foot in his mouth during an appearance on the Chris Matthews Show, when, in describing the Republicans' view of Barack Obama's ability to get the health care

bill passed, he used a watermelon analogy.

Rather said, "Republicans will make a case and a lot of independents will buy this argument, '…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. …Listen, he's a nice person, he's very articulate …but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic.'"


Rather wrote an apology/explanation for his watermelon comment in the Huffington Post. "I was talking about Obama and health care and I used the analogy of selling watermelons by the side of the road. It's an expression that stretches to my boyhood roots in Southeast Texas, when country highways were lined with stands manned by sellers of all races. Now of course watermelons have become a stereotype for African Americans and so my analogy entered a charged environment. I'm sorry people took offense," He wrote.

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We don't know Rather personally, but we highly doubt he meant anything by that. It's more amusing that he walked into that one all things considered.