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CONTROVERSY? Obama Praises Wright in Teased ’07 Speech Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Obama Praises Wright in Teased Speech

The Drudge Report stirred up the watercooler Tuesday when it teased that it would be releasing “Obama’s Other Race Speech,” a video promising to “cause controversy [and] ignite accusations of racism.” Just before 9 p.m., The Daily Caller released the video of Obama speaking in June 2007 at Hampton University. In the fiery 40-minute speech, Obama hints to an audience of black ministers that the U.S. government slighted Hurricane Katrina victims because of their race, when compared to aid given to 9/11: “The people in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” He also praised the Rev. Jeremiah Wright as “a friend and a great leader.” In response, the Obama campaign released a statement saying "Mitt Romney's allies recirculated video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time.'

October 2, 2012 9:18 PM