A 2007 speech by then-Sen. Barack Obama made headlines Wednesday, showing the presidential candidate at Hampton University speaking off the cuff on controversial issues of race to a predominantly black audience.
Video of the speech, revived by The Daily Caller, shows Obama speaking enthusiastically about the government's relationship with African-Americans. Obama specifically focuses on the government's 2005 response to Hurricane Katrina, which he says was unfair and unequal to that of other national disasters like 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew, which devastated parts of southern Florida in 1992.
Unlike with those disasters, Obama says, the goverment asked that the city of New Orleans match a portion of the cleanup money provided by the federal government. He criticizes the bureaucracy and red tape associated with the cleanup and rebuilding process, which he says should have been tasked to locals, not Halliburton, a contractor with ties to George W. Bush's vice president, Dick Cheney.
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The Daily Caller's clips also emphasize Obama's statements on Jeremiah Wright, his former pastor, who he distanced himself from during the 2008 campaign and praises in the speech. Wright infamously suggested in a sermon after 9/11 that the United States brought the terror attacks upon itself.
Following its release Tuesday night, the Romney campaign distanced itself from an effort to promote the video by conservative media outlets such as Fox News, The Daily Caller and the Drudge Report.
"We did not have any involvement," Gail Gitcho, communications director for the Romney campaign, told Buzzfeed. Asked if she thought the resurfaced video was newsworthy, Gitcho said, "What is the news? I don't know."
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