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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Breitbart's Sites Scooped on "Shocking" Video of Obama Being a College Student

Posted by on Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Remember that footage that Andrew Breitbart said was going to destroy Obama's run for a second term? It looks like Buzzfeed scooped Breitbart's sites by running it a few hours early. Here it is:

Yes. It's Barack Obama, in 1991, speaking at a "campus protest organized to demand tenure for minority and female law professors" at Harvard Law School. The right-wing sites will now try to tie Barack Obama's words of praise for Derrick Bell, who was the first tenured African-American professor of law at Harvard, to a vast conspiracy involving Reverend Wright, Saul Alinsky, and the Weather Underground. This video was Breitbart's pride and joy, the chaos he was eager to unleash on the world at the time of his death. But really, it's all birther-quality material—only the fringiest of fringe Republicans will obsess over it in the months leading up to the election.

That doesn't mean the Republican media won't try to make something out of it, though: According to the Washington Post, Sean Hannity will run and discuss the footage on his show tonight. I'm willing to bet the news will prominently feature Derrick Bell's name tomorrow morning. Unfortunately, the wrong dead man's name is about to get dragged through the mud.


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undead ayn rand 1
The President of the United States was politically active? Get right out of town. Shut the front door.
Posted by undead ayn rand on March 7, 2012 at 3:59 PM · Report this
Andrew Breitbart worked himself to death, excited and enraged himself beyond all reason ang against doctors' warnings about his heart condition and blood pressure, so that he could reveal to the world the amazing truth that Obama was involved in campus politics as a law student, and also (earlier this week) that a dozen years ago Obama attended a play and participated in a panel discussion about Saul Alinsky. Suppose Breitbart's young family feels it was worth it?
Posted by Warren Terra on March 7, 2012 at 4:03 PM · Report this
Yeah yeah controversy blahblah. It is so fun to see him in his younger days!
Posted by gloomy gus on March 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 4
Obama was protesting in support of women's and minorities rights?

Yes, I can see how that will piss off the republicans.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on March 7, 2012 at 4:09 PM · Report this
Fnarf 5
Ooh, I was there! Well, not THERE there; I'm certainly not in the video, unless there's a dork in the background carrying a gigantic video display unit across the campus. But I was working there at the time. It is a certainty that Obama used a catalog terminal in the law library that I installed. Whoo hoo! Obama might have had my skin molecules touching his!

The man looks terrific here. Controversy my ass.
Posted by Fnarf on March 7, 2012 at 4:10 PM · Report this
I don't understand why this is so "shocking." I swear, I saw this footing on tv (PBS?) in a story about Obama's life, consisting of interviews with some of his closest friends and acquantances from different periods of his life, when he was initially running for president in '08.
Posted by TJ on March 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
Allyn 7
The hand in and out of the pocket thing is a little distracting. He has refined his style.
Posted by Allyn on March 7, 2012 at 4:12 PM · Report this
So having briefly reviewed Prof. Bell's wiki my only guess is that the rightwing is going to go with:

Obama supports Bell - Bell talked about race - Obama hates white people!

This reminds me of that Elizabeth Warren video where she was talking about how corporations have to contribute their fair share. Liberals shared it because they loved it. Conservatives shared it because they were sure they had caught her in some terrible admission.

I can only speculate what the Glenn Beck alternate universe sees when they see that video, but Obama's base is going to see a guy dedicated to progressive issues since his youth.
Posted by Lynx on March 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
what a hottie.
Posted by hereiswheremynamegoes on March 7, 2012 at 4:17 PM · Report this
Agreed: a hottie. What's up with the weird skip at the end of the video though? Is something edited out?
Posted by mitten on March 7, 2012 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Vince 11
Over twenty years ago? Really? If this is what they've got, they lose.
Posted by Vince on March 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Joe Szilagyi 12
BREAKING: Black person; Republicans outraged
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on March 7, 2012 at 4:35 PM · Report this
Fnarf 13
@8, according to Republicans, racism officially ended in 1964, and anyone who so much as mentions race since then, or suggests for an instant that racism might exist, is Huey Newton and George Jackson rolled up in one.

When Republicans watch this video, they see a rifle in his hand.
Posted by Fnarf on March 7, 2012 at 4:39 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 14
@10, a great deal has been edited out. This isn't the same as what Hannity will be airing tonight.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on March 7, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
scary tyler moore 15
and fred hampton, fnarf. don't forget fred hampton. fred hampton won slog happy trivia for our team.
Posted by scary tyler moore on March 7, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
He seems very Presidential in that video. And Fox is going to run it on free media for about a week? What a briar patch.
Posted by unpaid reader on March 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM · Report this
And this is the worst they can come up with.
Posted by floater on March 7, 2012 at 5:02 PM · Report this
That shows a black person in college. Republicans will have to stand against it...
Posted by Random Poster on March 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
You FOOLS. This video PROVES what Obama REALLY is: a pocket-using elitist. Just what is he doing every time he puts his hand down there???!? WHAT A SICKO. Finally we see: the emperor has no clothes!!1!

Posted by MassTheDutchie on March 7, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
rob! 20
I'm drifting along as though in a canoe (the moon above, the air still and warm waves lapping gently) on a lake of dreams of Obama being my college dorm-mate and having discussions long into the night.
Posted by rob! on March 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM · Report this
I'm sure the repubs will be upset that he's so natural and eloquont -- without a teleprompter.
Posted by moretent on March 7, 2012 at 5:06 PM · Report this
Dougsf 22
Should we learn the true identity of that unsuspecting, yet shameless, sandwich eater— lives will forever be changed.

Posted by Dougsf on March 7, 2012 at 5:08 PM · Report this
Posted by stinkbug on March 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM · Report this
@20, hoo boy that works for me too. As long as he doesn't smoke his cigarettes in our room.
Posted by gloomy gus on March 7, 2012 at 5:40 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 25
The guy slowly eating a sandwich at the beginning is the dada hero here.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on March 7, 2012 at 5:48 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 26
Yeah, I see a handsome eloquent black man here. That isn't a controversy. That's a wet dream.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on March 7, 2012 at 6:16 PM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 27
OMG HE IS SOOOO CUTE! He's like a little baby President already. Awwww.
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on March 7, 2012 at 6:17 PM · Report this
The Wikipedia entry for Bell implies that his story Space Traders is anti-Semitic, which isn't how i remember the story at all. I don't feel like slogging through the editing page, but it wouldn't surprise me if that was a recent addition.
Posted by Joe Glibmoron on March 7, 2012 at 6:36 PM · Report this
The Max 29
On a loosely related note: What's with the rumor that Bright Bart's Cause of Death was Toxic Shock?

According to what I heard, he was sticking tampons up his santorum-sphincter and leaving them there way too long.

I understand there's speculation about weather he was sticking them up there to prevent the OWS peeps from raping him or if it was as a GHB delivery system.
Posted by The Max on March 7, 2012 at 6:51 PM · Report this
The only thing controversial about this video is his pocket usage.
Posted by Sahoyah on March 7, 2012 at 7:04 PM · Report this
There's no there there.

Dead Breitbart is still full of shit.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on March 7, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
Breitbart's M.O. was always to announce wildly exaggerated claims about the implications of his video "exposés" and then release deceptively-edited videos designed to bolster those claims. The hyperbole is part of the schtick.
Posted by Proteus on March 7, 2012 at 7:55 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 33




But, hey, if Republicans want to remind America how smart Obama is, let them. Same, if they want to showcase how he has always stood up for women's rights.

Posted by passionate_jus on March 7, 2012 at 7:57 PM · Report this
passionate_jus 34
And if Republicans want to bring up race, then we need to ask Romney if he ever PUBLICLY supported or opposed the official Mormon doctrines regarding black people, which existed from 1849 to 1978. In which blacks couldn't have "celestial marriages" and therefore couldn't get into the highest degree of heaven.

It's a fair question, since Romney has been a leader in the Mormon church since the 1960s, when the doctrine was still in place (his father was a governor, he went to France as a missionary and he's raised millions of dollars for them).…

Fair is fair.
Posted by passionate_jus on March 7, 2012 at 8:07 PM · Report this
bhowie 35

Posted by bhowie on March 7, 2012 at 8:25 PM · Report this


He has that same quality of saying the most vapid things, but orating as if it were the Gettysburg Address.

Skills serving him well these days.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on March 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM · Report this
Luisa 37
Well. He is fabulous. And in law school.

But didn't he ever think about going to a cheaper college to save money?? Who did he think he was, going to that fancy pants expensive college? Where will that ever get you, huh?
Posted by Luisa on March 7, 2012 at 9:46 PM · Report this
Ernie1 38

Kinda makes you wonder what the Gettysburg Address would look like if you could watch it on Vimeo, doesn't it?
Posted by Ernie1 on March 7, 2012 at 9:56 PM · Report this
thatsnotright 39
Listen to the rhythm of the speech. Those pauses, if converted to Morse code, spell out: "I am going to become supreme ruler of the world and subvert democracy." Why can't you see that?
Posted by thatsnotright on March 7, 2012 at 10:02 PM · Report this
seatackled 40
Holy shit, that's pretty far out stuff. No wonder Obama had Breitbart whacked.
Posted by seatackled on March 7, 2012 at 11:57 PM · Report this
Simple 41

Can we appoint him for life? I bet the ladies in the audience still remember the day!
Posted by Simple on March 8, 2012 at 8:40 AM · Report this
Bonefish 42
I can see the republicans being outraged by this. After all, they've been outraged at every single other benign indication that our BLACK president might be friendly with OTHER BLACK PEOPLE, clearly making him a RADICAL BLACK PANTHER who is coordinating efforts for the BLACK TAKEOVER of OUR AMERICA. They're totally not racist, though!

Those of us who are harder to scare, however, will not think twice about this (except to consider all the blood-pressure-raising idiocy that we'll have to endure on the news).
Posted by Bonefish on March 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM · Report this

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