Obama’s Huckstering

A 2007 speech by Barack Obama at Hampton University in Virginia has been going viral, and for good reason. The speech is yet another disturbing example of Obama or other figures in his administration stirring up racial tensions for political gain. Not only that, it shows Obama peddling an easily checkable and serious lie.

Obama delivers his address in his finest black ghetto style. From 21:45 on in the video below he starts talking about the federal government response to Hurricane Katrina. Like many others at the time, Obama accuses the government of being lackluster in response to the disaster, especially compared to its reaction in Florida after Hurricane Andrew and New York after 9/11.

It gets really interesting when he mentions the Stafford Act. This requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute as much as 10% of what the federal government does. Obama points out that this requirement was waived in the case of New York and Florida because the Bush administration clearly sees them as “part of the American family”.  When it comes to New Orleans, Obama tells his predominantly black audience, which includes Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “they don’t care about [it] as much”.

This speech was delivered on June 5th, 2007. The date is significant, because on May 24th, less than two weeks earlier, the  Senate had actually voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement in the case of New Orleans. Just like it had done for New York and Florida. More federal money was spent assisting New Orleans than was spent on both New York after 9/11 and Florida after Hurricane Andrew combined.

Believe me, this gets funnier.

The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, shows that the then Senator Barack Obama was present that day. And would you believe it, he was there for that vote on the  Stafford Act requirement.

And he was among the fourteen that voted against the waiver.

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About Cranky Notions
Reactionary. That fella from the Norris scandal.

2 Responses to Obama’s Huckstering

  1. i preferred your old name. don’t question it.

    • Thanks for the feedback. People seem to have liked the quirkiness of the old name more than I believed. Others found it a bit of a mouthful. Another thing is that I’ve often felt ‘Cranky Notions’ or a variant thereof might make a good title for a webzine-type site, so I got it.

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