The 2007 Obama Speech Was Much Ado About Nothing

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It was billed as a bombshell on the eve of the first presidential debate: A video showing then-Sen. Barack Obama making controversial comments about class and race. It wasn’t until Fox News and the Daily Caller unveiled the video that it became clear that it was an event that had already seen by the public: Mr. Obama’s speech to Hampton University in 2007.

What it succeeded in doing was reminding people about Mr. Obama’s warm welcome at the event to his pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright – the pastor whose incendiary remarks created such a controversy that Mr. Obama was forced to deliver his famous “race speech” in 2008 in response.

“I’ve got to give a special shout-out to my pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me,” Mr. Obama said at the Hampton event on June 5, 2007. “He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country.”

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