A day after Mitt Romney's 47 percent video surfaced, Matt Drudge countered with a fourteen-year-old video in which Barack Obama makes the scary-sounding admission that he believes in "redistribution." The clip failed to get any traction, so on Tuesday he tried again, hyping a "bombshell" video of "Obama's Other Race Speech" with help from the Daily Caller and Fox News. The Internet quickly pieced together that this referred to a 2007 speech at Hampton University, which has been available online for years. By the time Fox News debuted the video at 9 p.m., Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson were already feeling defensive. Hannity lamented that while the speech was reported on in 2007, "so-called unbiased journalists" chose not to delve into Obama's ad-libbed remarks. Carlson agreed, "This was covered at the time. There were reporters in the room. I had a show at the time on another channel and I covered the remarks that were released." Five years later, Carlson has finally obtained the full video, complete with some "explosive" new facts: Obama takes a slightly different tone when addressing a predominantly black audience, he once called Rev. Jeremiah Wright "a friend and a great leader," and he was pretty "steamed" about how the federal government responded to Hurricane Katrina.
While the Daily Caller claims that the 40-minute video, which is posted in full, shows Obama using "an accent he almost never adopts in public," Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski Tweeted three YouTube clips of the president "using that 'accent' he apparently never uses." Politico notes that Obama's "shout out" to Rev. Wright, who was in the audience, hasn't been seen on video before, but the quote was widely circulated, and even showed up on the site's list of the top 2008 campaign gaffes.
keyboard shortcuts: V vote up article J next comment K previous comment