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Lost Obama Video Surfaces

Lost Obama Video Surfaces


Airdate: 03/08/2012

It's a remarkable slice of history - the future President, Barack Obama, as a young Harvard Law student.

In a video of a speech he spoke with his signature confident dialogue style. He sounded remarkably like he does today.

The year was 1991, Obama was 30-years-old, he wore khakis and a button-down shirt and struck a casual pose behind the mic.

Young Obama was speaking out in support of Harvard's first tenured black law professor, Derrick Bell and charmed the crowd with some playful teasing.

"How has he accomplished all this? He hasn't done it simply by his good looks and easy charm. Although he has both in ample measure," said Obama.

But now the video is causing a national debate over Obama's relationship with the professor, who was protesting the lack of female black professors at Harvard.
 
Sean Hannity said on his Fox News show, "The video, that by their very own admission, friends of Barack Obama have been keeping under lock and key."

Piers Morgan said on his CNN show, "Why are we all making such a fuss about Barack Obama getting a little radical at college? Who cares?"

The video was obtained by controversial conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who died suddenly last week of a massive heart attack at age 43.

Before his death, he promised to release video of the President that he said would change the outcome of the election.

"I've got videos, by the way. This election we are going to vet him," Breitbart said at the CPAC convention last year.

Morgan added on his show, "I think it is interesting. I don't think it is anywhere near as explosive that we have all been lead to believe over a long period of time."

INSIDE EDITION spoke to Breitbart.com Editor-at-large, Ben Shapiro.

"What I see when I look at this video is President Obama is very clearly associating himself, ideologically, with a very radical guy," said Shapiro.

INSIDE EDITION's Paul Boyd asked Shapiro about critics of the video.

Shapiro responded, "People can say whatever they want. At the very least it is a brick in the wall. Our job is to vet this President."

Whatever the meaning people see in the video, one thing is for certain - it offers a rare look at the early years of a man who made history.
 


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