Fox News host Sean Hannity, The Drudge Report and The Daily Caller on Tuesday all promised to deliver a “never-before-seen” video of Barack Obama.
During the speech at Hampton University Annual Ministers’ Conference in 2007, Obama thanked Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. of Trinity United Church of Christ for introducing him to Jesus Christ and sparking his Christian faith. Wright came under scrutiny in 2008 after it was revealed he once told his congregation that African-Americans should not sing “God Bless America” but instead “God damn America.”
Obama talked about poverty among African-Americans and his Christian faith. He said African-American communities had been scarred by the history of racism and slavery in the United States, and urged every minister in America to come together to fight poverty.
Obama, who was then a U.S. senator, also said there had been a “quiet riot” building up within the African-American community.
“Those ‘quiet riots’ that take place every day are born from the same place as the fires and the destruction and the police decked out in riot gear and the deaths,” he explained. “They happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. Despair takes hold and young people all across this country look at the way the world is and believe that things are never going to get any better.”
The Daily Caller noted that the speech had been covered in 2007, but accused reporters of ignoring Obama’s most controversial statements. The conservative news outlet said the full video “undermines Obama’s carefully-crafted image as a leader eager to build bridges between ethnic groups” and accused Obama of using a racial accent. The Daily Caller said the speech was like an “Al Sharpton rally” and compared Obama’s mention of Hurricane Katrina to Kanye West’s remark that “Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
The full text of the speech has been available online since 2007. However, Matt Drudge of The Drudge Report and The Daily Caller both said Obama significantly deviated from his prepared remarks.
[Ed. note: Updated after publication.]
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