Kristi Watts, co-host of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club,” was able to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and towards the end of their discussion, Watts asked, “What’s that one thing at Thanksgiving you just have to have?”

Rice replied, “Mac and cheese … but only once a year.”

The show’s main host, radical TV preacher Pat Robertson, seemed confused by the exchange.

For those who can’t watch videos from your work computers, Robertson asked his African-American co-host, “What is this ‘mac and cheese,’ is that a black thing?”

He was entirely serious.

In fact, in context, Robertson wasn’t confused about the notion of African Americans eating mac and cheese at Thanksgiving; but rather, he just doesn’t know what mac and cheese is, and seems to think the dish itself is “a black thing.”

Just as a point of interest, I’d also note for context that it really wasn’t long ago that Pat Robertson was a powerful figure in Republican Party politics. In 1988, the guy very nearly won the Iowa presidential caucuses.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.