In a desperate attempt to get traction for their flailing candidate Mitt Romney, a conservative website resurfaced a five-year-old video of President Barack Obama praising his former pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Unfortunately for the right, the fact that the video was re-released to the public says more about the mind-set of some conservatives than the dated video could ever say about President Obama.
On Tuesday, the Daily Caller republished a video from 2007 of President Obama speaking to a group of Black clergy at Hampton University. At one point, President Obama gives a “shout-out” to Rev. Wright:
“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. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country,” Mr. Obama said on June 5. “Please everybody, give an extraordinary welcome to my pastor, Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.”
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Obama then criticizes the government for not caring about the plight of those affected by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans:
Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt 20 months later. there’s a law, federal law when you get reconstruction money from the federal money called the ‘Stafford act,” and basically it says when you get federal money, you you’ve got to give a 10 percent match, the local government’s got to come up with 10 percent. Every $10 federal government comes up with, the local government got to give a $1.
Now here’s the thing, 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 $1 you got to put in. Here’s $10.
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 your own money, here, here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not going to wait for you to scratch it together because you’re a part of the American family. What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford act money?
Makes no sense. Tells me that somehow the people down in New Orleans, they don’t care about as much.
Then Obama explains the significance of Rev. Wright in his life and journey:
“And that’s where I met Jeremiah Wright started going to Trinity United Christ of Christ. He Helped me down another journey, introduced me to someone called Jesus Christ, and I learned that my sins could be redeemed. I learned that those things I was too weak to accomplish myself, maybe he could accomplish them for me. And I learned ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things if they trust in him.”