In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.Read the whole thing.
“The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” Obama shouts in the video, which was shot in June of 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia. By contrast, survivors of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Andrew received generous amounts of aid, Obama explains. The reason? Unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims “part of the American family.”
The racially charged and at times angry speech undermines Obama’s carefully-crafted image as a leader eager to build bridges between ethnic groups. For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he almost never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America. The mostly black audience shouts in agreement. The effect is closer to an Al Sharpton rally than a conventional campaign event.
Here is the video:
According to the article, it seems the media somehow missed this, linking to a "transcript" that did not contain these lines or provided selected video clips.
This video of Obama raises an interesting question -- actually renews a question: The LA Times has a video of comments Obama made at a dinner honoring former PLO spokesman, Rashid Khalidi, but refused in 2008 to release it. Considering how Obama likes to talk along the lines of his audiences's prejudices, what do you think he said at that dinner?
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