October Surprise: Barack Obama is Back in Black

Surprise! It’s October and Outer Wingnuttia would like everyone to know that President Barack HOOOOSAAAYN Obama is — wait for it — still black black blackity black black black:

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.

Gosh. That Bee Aitch Oh is sure black black blackity black black black. Too bad nobody gives a flying monkey assfuck — maybe because, as Dylan Byers observes, media already covered this speech when it first emerged back in, er, 2008:

One night before the first presidential debate, conservatives Matt Drudge, Sean Hannity, and Tucker Carlson hyped footage of a five-year-old speech by then-Sen. Barack Obama, widely covered at the time, in which the presidential candidate suggested the George W. Bush administration was discriminating against the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

But when footage finally aired on Hannity’s Fox News program and on Carlson’s Daily Caller website at 9 p.m., following hours of aniticipation spurred by Drudge’s promise of controversy and Hannity’s promise of a “bombshell”, it fell flat.

“What’s the ‘So what’ of this video? I don’t think it’s going to really go anywhere,” Republican Rep. Allen West said on Fox News.

“I don’t think this particular speech is definitive,” said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, though he added that it was at least a “reminder” of Obama’s “pattern of dishonesty.”

If the footage failed to impress, it may be because Sen. Obama’s remarks were widely covered — by Carlson, by Fox News, and by the mainstream media — when they were made on June 5, 2007.

“Barack Obama was talking about a quiet riot today. And no, it was not a reference to a 1980s heavy metal band, unfortunately,” Carlson, who hosted his  own program on MSNBC until 2008, reported at the time. “The senator waded into the controversial waters of race during a speech Hampton University in Virginia. He said the Bush administration has done little to quell a brewing storm among some black Americans. He compared the current tension to what fueled the L.A. riots in the wake of the Rodney King verdict.”

“Senator Obama today said the Bush administration has done nothing to defuse what he calls a quiet riot among black Americans, a riot he suggests is ready to erupt,” Fox News host Brit Hume reported. “Obama said African American resentments and frustrations are building, especially, he said, because so many blacks from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are still displaced 21 months after Hurricane Katrina. Obama warned against conditions similar to those in Los Angeles 15 years ago.”

The speech was also covered by CNN, NBC News, ABC News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times, among others. Parts of the speech — specifically, Obama’s introduction of his former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — would also be mentioned by reports in 2008.

Even Tucker Carlson had to admit on Hannity last night that the much-touted “revelation” wasn’t at all, er, revelatory:

Ok, forget the fact that the vid is well past its best before date. Maybe Tucker’s tinfoil troika have been MIA the past 4 year and didn’t get the news that Obama won in ’08 and is now an incumbent (and black). Seriously, why would anyone believe warmed-over, entirely manufactured race-baiting bullshit that didn’t stick 4 years ago when Obama was an unknown (black) challenger would suddenly do so now, when he’s been pretty well established in the minds of the electorate (along with the black children that he fathered with a black woman)?

As Bloomberg View’s Josh Barro put it on Twitter last night:

Alas, Outer Wingnuttia is, as noted earlier this year by Robert Schlesinger, under the unshakable collective wingnut delusion that Obama still hasn’t been properly “vetted” by the dread em ess em (The Artist Formerly Known As dnA has more). But resentment-saturated old white folks shouldn’t simply throw up their hands and wait for the brown hordes to overwhelm America’s dwindling Anglo-Saxon population with tortillas, low-riders and gangster script, oh no. Once the truth has finally been extracted deep from its spiderhole the shroud of Soros-subsidized ignorance shall be lifted from the masses and they will see the real Barack HOOOSAAYN Obama in all his bright, shining, Muslim Commie Kenyan glory (Also, dapple-gray ponies that shit gold bullion — OMG PONIES!).

Hey — does this mean we’re going to start talking once more about how W & co. fucked NOLA? Because that’s TOTALLY good news for Romney-Ryan.

(BTW did you know that Obama is black? I know!)

Related: Speaking of old news — Tucker Carlson, gay-bashing asshat (also, my take from 2007).

Update: Elspeth Reeve:

BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller spoke to several…conservative strategists who are left wondering WTF their allies are doing:

“This hurts Mitt,” said 2008 Romney consultant Alex Castellanos, who has at times been a harsh critic of his current campaign. “Mitt’s window to turn the economic debate around is tomorrow. And his alleged supporters just shit on it. An abysmally selfish and stupid event.”

Former John McCain and Jon Huntsman campaign manager John Weaver told Miller, “Is the base Romney’s problem?… We’re running against a guy with more than eight percent unemployed, etc. and instead of offering a counter plan for consumers to chose between, some are focused on the President being Black and liberal.”

Also, Ta-Nehisi on the decline and fall of Tucker Carlson FTW (h/t Scott Lemieux):

Carlson’s descent from reasonably credible magazine journalist to inept race hustler is well mapped territory. He has not been the same man since Jon Stewart took him down. The ethering reverberates through the years with such force that we now find its recipient slathering yesterday’s nothing-burgers in weak sauce, and serving them up as the daily special.

2 comments to October Surprise: Barack Obama is Back in Black

  • Wow, what a bunch of douches. Thanks for taking this on, Matt, as the only Agonist editor of color (that’s a ratio I’d really like to change for the better).

    While it’s arguably not as bad, I’ve noticed that some who would call themselves liberal or independent-thinking believe, wrongly imho, that being poor or being picked on by the cops is somehow the same as having to deal with those things as well as being victim to racism. I’m sure as a black man you’ve run up against that kind of thing yourself. The end result isn’t as odious as the rabid right’s form, more a type of passive-aggressive bigotry that even the people practising it don’t usually see as objectionable. I’m from a different culture, and had to learn the hard way that if you’re white then no matter your standing you don’t have the background in being a victim of racism to allow you to use the N-word or similiar perjoratives for hispanics unless given specific permission, and even then only to the specific individuals who gave you that permission. I learned, though. Thoughts?

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