In heated ’07 speech, Obama lavishes praise on Wright, says feds ‘don’t care’ about New Orleans

Drudge Report, 2 Oct 2012, 9:54 PM. Click on the image to enlarge.


“We can’t expect [the poor] to have all the skills they need to work. They may need help with basic skills, how to shop, how to show up for work on time, how to wear the right clothes, how to act appropriately in an office. We have to help them get there.”

Tucker Carlson and Vince Coglianese
The Daily Caller

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.

“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…

…“Now here’s the thing,” Obama continues, “when 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you gotta put in. Well, here’s ten dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with y’own money, here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not gonna wait for you to scratch it together — because you’re part of the American family.’”

That’s not, Obama says, what is happening in majority-black New Orleans. “What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money?” Obama shouts, angry now. “Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!”

It’s a remarkable moment, and not just for its resemblance to Kayne West’s famous claim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” but also because of its basic dishonesty. By January of 2007, six months before Obama’s Hampton speech, the federal government had sent at least $110 billion to areas damaged by Katrina. Compare this to the mere $20 billion that the Bush administration pledged to New York City after Sept. 11.

Moreover, the federal government did at times waive the Stafford Act during its reconstruction efforts. On May 25, 2007, just weeks before the speech, the Bush administration sent an additional $6.9 billion to Katrina-affected areas with no strings attached.

As a sitting United States Senator, Obama must have been aware of this. And yet he spent 36 minutes at the pulpit telling a mostly black audience that the U.S. government doesn’t like them because they’re black…

The complete article is at The Daily Caller. The video of Obama’s entire speech is on page three of the article.

Related: FLASHBACK: JournoList plotted to kill Jeremiah Wright story in 2008

At Breitbart’s sites:

Vile: Lefties can’t handle Drudge video tease, spew vicious accusations of racism

Hannity Shows Devastating Side-By-Side Comparison Of Obama’s Two Race Speeches… video at Weasel Zippers.

Update: It’s one thing to hear a brainwashed progressive academic drone speak the “uncomfortable truths” (read: ridiculous, leftist-constructed mythologies) about dog whistles, white privilege, and the lie that is America and it’s founding ideas

OBAMA’S OTHER RACE SPEECH, as Matt Drudge describes it, is now online at the Daily Caller. …At the Tatler, Bryan Preston writes, “Simply put, Barack Obama was and still is Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s most studious and successful disciple.” …

Never interrupt when Drudge unearths video of your opponent making a mistake

CAJ note: Taking our cue from HotAir, we’ll use the interest in this article to direct readers to Univision’s video on Operation Fast and Furious.

Update 2Right On Cue: MSNBC’s Shrill Elitist Rachel Maddow Labels Daily Caller Video Of Obama Racist…

Update 3: Obama insisted on state, local Stafford Act funding after Joplin, Mo. tornado

Despite his harsh criticism of the George W. Bush administration’s handling of Hurricane Katrina in 2007, President Obama decided not to waive a requirement that state and local governments contribute 25 percent of relief funds devoted to cleaning up after a tornado that swept through Joplin, Mo. in May 2011.

The Stafford Act requires those matching funds in order to collect federal disaster relief money, but that requirement may be modified or even waived at the president’s discretion…

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