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Obama's dog-whistle speech from 2007

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Opinion,Gregory Kane,Columnists

Did we get a glimpse of the real Barack Hussein Obama in the video that was recently posted on the Daily Caller website?

The video is of a 2007 speech Obama made at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. As Hampton is a historically black university, African-Americans made up most of the audience, and Obama used the occasion to build his black bona fides.

In short, the man race-baited. And, I have to admit, he was darned good at it.

According to the Daily Caller story, Obama started the speech with a special shout-out to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Remember him?

Wright, the former pastor of a Chicago church, was known for delivering blistering sermons about America's sins against black folks. Some of the sins were real; others came from Wright's mind. (Yes, at this point you should be thinking about Wright's assertion that the federal government developed HIV to wipe out black Americans.)

Once Obama secured the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, he threw Wright under the bus and backed it up. Not so at Hampton University.

Obama made it a point to give a special shout-out to Wright, calling him "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."

The future president left out one description about Wright: Jew-baiter.

Early in Obama's administration, the tire tracks from that bus still fresh on his forehead, Wright answered a question from a reporter. The question was: had Wright spoken with Obama since he'd been president. Wright's response?

"Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me."

Wright tried to explain his remarks later, claiming that he meant to say "Zionists" wouldn't let him talk to Obama.

Not all Zionists are Jews. Not all Jews are Zionists. Yet in Wright's curious universe, one is a slip of the tongue from the other. So in spite of his explanation, the Jew-baiting tag should stick.

Some Democrats just love the smell of anti-Semitism in the morning. (Were I cut from Obama's mold, I'd say "all Democrats," much the way he implied that all Republicans agree with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's views on rape.)

But they seldom get nailed for it, mainly because their allies in the mainstream media are too busy printing or airing the Democrats' constant rants about how "racist" Republicans are.

After Obama got done praising his buddy Jeremiah at Hampton U., he got on to the business at hand: implying the Bush administration was racist in its response to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans, a city with a predominantly black population.

"The people down in New Orleans they don't care about as much," Obama thundered.

The last I checked, Hurricane Katrina hit much of the Gulf coast, not just New Orleans. People in that city were not the only ones affected.

What Obama really meant is what clueless rapper Kanye West said in 2005, when he gave his infamous "George Bush doesn't care about black people" rant. Obama was clearly race-baiting, and, judging by the video released this week by the Daily Caller, the crowd loved it.

That's because most of them were no doubt Democrats, and Democrats are seldom called on either race-baiting or Jew-baiting. According to the Daily Caller story, Obama's Hampton U. speech "escaped scrutiny."

Gee, I wonder why.

Examiner Columnist Gregory Kane is a Pulitzer-nominated news and opinion journalist who has covered people and politics from Baltimore to the Sudan.

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