5-year-old Obama speech scrutinized ahead of debate

Ahead of the first of three highly anticipated presidential debates, conservative media outlets are seeking to draw attention to a 2007 video in which then-Sen. Barack Obama suggested George W. Bush might have discriminated against minorities.

Ahead of the first of three highly anticipated presidential debates, conservative media outlets are seeking to draw attention to a 2007 video in which then-Sen. Barack Obama suggested George W. Bush might have discriminated against minorities.

In the speech, Obama suggests the Bush administration discriminated against hurricane Katrina victims because it did not provide the same level of funding it did to New York after 9/11 and to Florida after hurricane Andrew because the areas hit hardest by Katrina are mostly made up of minorities.

“He is whipping up fear and paranoia and hatred. This is the exact opposite of what a uniter does,” said Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson during a Fox News appearance on Tuesday.

Major publications such as the LA Times say the video is old news and the comments were widely reported five years ago. Democrats say conservative outlets are using the video to counter the 47% comment Mitt Romney made in May, when he claimed many Americans are victims who happily depend on the US government.

This is the second effort by conservative media outlets to draw attention away from the 47% video. In early September, a 1998 video was highlighted in which Obama appeared to endorse the redistribution of wealth.

I'm confused as to why these videos are supposed to be news now. The first video was made nine years before Obama announced his intention to run for president, and if the 2007 video wasn't effectively used against Obama in the 2008 elections, why would conservatives think it would do any damage now?

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