I’m sure you’ve seen the tease that Drudge has up on his front page by now.
CAMPAIGN DRAMA: VIDEO MADE 6 YEARS AGO SURFACES ON EVE OF FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE... DEVELOPING TONIGHT...
He’s added some extra teasing in his tweets.
Curious tape dropping tonight. NOT from MOTHERJONES. Will cause controversy, ignite accusations of racism — in both directions!
Internal debate at news network about airing tape tonight, on eve of debate… MORE
I was thinking that this would turn out to be a hit on Romney, until that tweet about the internal debate at a network. What network would internally debate dropping a bomb on Mitt? Not even Fox, I think.
But if it’s Obama saying or doing something incendiary, then every network would debate dropping that on the eve of the first debate. He’s the president. His administration has been kicking free speech rights lately, in the Benghazi cover-up. If this tape Drudge is teasing is big enough it could upend the debate, or even render it irrelevant since it’s supposed to center exclusively on the economy. Airing the tape could also bring the leftwing hammer down on whoever airs it.
At any rate, as I’ve been writing this post tweets have passed by indicating that the network is Fox, and Sean Hannity has the tape. He’s saying it could “change the race.”
I hate to say this, but I’m now suspecting that it will be less than advertised.
Update 4:40 central: Now we’ve got the Drudge siren treatment, along with more teasing.
FOXNEWS TONIGHT: OBAMA’S OTHER RACE SPEECH
Along with these juicy bits.
THE ACCENT… THE ANGER… THE ACCUSATIONS…
Ok, I’m LOLing and officially intrigued now.
Update: Drudge just added another tease.
THE SHOUT OUT TO REV. WRIGHT, WHO IS IN AUDIENCE…
FOXNEWS 9 PM ET…
Update: Hm. Andrew Kaczynski embeds this video, which is from 2007, in which Sen. Barack Obama moves into and out of a fake southern accent, while ranting about about the LA riots and Hurricane Katrina. The video matches the screenshot that’s up on Drudge.
In the video, Obama compares racism to a bullet that has been left in a wound, and yells repeatedly “Take the bullet out!” He also hints that he supports school choice, a stance he has reversed on as president.
But I’ve watched the entire video above, and unless I missed it there was no shout-out to Rev. Jeremiah Wright. There is, however, an edit several minutes into the tape. Perhaps what Hannity has is what was cut out?
Update: Here’s the screenshot, just for comparison.
Obama delivered that speech at Hampton University about 19 months after Hurricane Katrina, but the online version above has been edited in spots.
DAILY CALLER: ‘For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America’… Developing tonight…
He would have gleaned that insight from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who preached that “white folks greed runs a world in need.”