Dan Rather Feels Terrific

By Brian 

Dan Rather appeared on Larry King Live last night, in his first live primetime interview since stepping down from the anchor chair:

  KING: How’s things since?

RATHER: Since March 9?

KING: Yes.

RATHER: Well Larry, I’m happy to say — and you and I know each other well enough that I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true — I feel terrific. I have been cautioned by a lot of people that the transition would be extremely difficult. I haven’t found it so.

You know, not every second of every day has been, you know, all sugar and champagne. But plunging into my work at 60 Minutes, I feel great about it. I work with great people. I’m proud to work for CBS News, always have been. I can’t imagine a day when I wouldn’t be. I work under a terrific boss who does have guts and heart, Jeff Fager who is executive producer of 60 Minutes. And I feel terrific.

Now, I know you expected me to say that, well, I just kick back in the rocking chair, fished a little bit, listened to Willie Nelson tapes and watched old baseball games on the Classic Sports network. And, tell you the truth, I have done that for maybe about five total minutes.

Here’s the transcript…