Political Animal


March 07, 2012 5:30 PM Shocked Yet?

By Ed Kilgore

So the latest installment from the Andrew Breitbart Seance the wingnutosphere is conducting (for how long? who knows?) is video of law student Barack Obama participating in a protest in support of professor Derrick Bell’s efforts to get Harvard to hire more African-American faculty. This was in 1991, which my calendar indicates was more than twenty years ago.

A portion was released by Buzzfeed (which was mainly of interest because Barack Obama as a law student sounds a lot like Barack Obama as president) but apparently, it’s not the whole thing, so now the Breitbart minions are going to show the whole thing live on Sean Hannity’s show.

This sort of fresh, relevant information clearly ought to decide the 2012 presidential election, right? And it would, if only the godless liberal media wouldn’t refuse to acknowledge it’s proof he’s not fit to be president!

Snakes alive, it must get really loud in that echo chamber.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Greg on March 07, 2012 5:38 PM:

    There was video of George W Bush picking his nose and it didn't hurt him.

    Put this right up there with the poster from the Saul Alinsky play that spelled Obama's name wrong.

    (2nd strangely appropriate Captcha in a row! "because")

  • jomo on March 07, 2012 5:44 PM:

    It looked pretty harmless. I'm surprised Obama felt the need to have Breitbart murdered.

  • bleh on March 07, 2012 5:56 PM:

    Well, they're absolutely right, you know.

    The proper history for a qualified president is never to have held a serious opinion, nor to have taken any action in support of it, but instead, say, to have been a boozing layabout front-man or a hokey B-movie actor.

    Really, all these forceful, active intellectuals -- they're just not our kind of people.

  • Barbara Smith on March 07, 2012 6:00 PM:

    I can play this game:

    give the media access to Romney's hosts in France when he was there on a mission. That was 20+ years ago. The campaign has forbade them to speak to the media, so let them.

  • renrph on March 07, 2012 6:07 PM:

    What a snoozefest. Meanwhile, Breitbart's speech to CPAC is far more disturbing. "Beirut on the Charles," how the protesters outside CPAC and the academics at the Ivies are trying to suppress the speech of the wingnuts, how lefties are "totalitarian freaks." Plus BHO's radical agenda -- still remaining to be seen, apparently. Whipped up the crowd satisfactorily, however, and that's what counts.

  • Charles Lemos on March 08, 2012 4:00 AM:

    Geez, these people need to get a life. Then again, their penchant for the absolutely moronic only further reveals the sheer desperation of the American right.

  • Steve on March 08, 2012 9:34 AM:

    Writing here on Thursday morning and I guess the interesting thing is that I just came from the gym where we saw CNN spend no less than 20 minutes on just this story -- while I was watching. God knows what the total will be over the course of the day.

    So, we can mock Breitbart, et al, all we want but really, who's laughing last?

  • Anonymous on March 08, 2012 10:56 AM:

    I'm surprised Obama felt the need to have Breitbart murdered.

    Maybe it was a pre-emptive strike. Brietbart just pissed him off on general principles.

    Or else it was just a reflex action, like killing that fly.

  • g on March 08, 2012 11:00 AM:

    itís not the whole thing, so now the Breitbart minions are going to show the whole thing live on Sean Hannityís show.

    Yes, what Buzzfeed snipped out what the part where, just after offering a polite encomium to Professor Bell, Obama whips off the button-down Oxford shirt to reveal a Che Guevara T-shirt beneath, ties a red headband around his forehead, and raises his fist into the air - and then goes all Mau Mau on the Harvard administration building.

    Actually, what I sadly anticipate will happen is that the winged monkeys on the right will now commence to slander the character of the departed Professor Bell, in an attempt to create a straw "radical" to tie to President Obama.

  • LAC on March 08, 2012 11:37 AM:

    uhh...Steve? I am laughing. TeaNN spending time on this piece of nonsense is a reflection of how butt useless that cable channel has become.

  • Geds on March 08, 2012 12:20 PM:

    This sort of fresh, relevant information clearly ought to decide the 2012 presidential election, right?

    Funny. I seem to recall hearing protestations from Rick Santorum the other day that it wasn't apropos to talk about that time he said liberal Christians were satanists, since it happened in the before time, the long, long ago and was, therefore, irrelevant.

    That was from 2008.

  • June on March 08, 2012 4:56 PM:

    On another note, watching the clip of the video, it's really interesting to see how even as a young man, Obama possessed such a gift of oratory that even then, there were overflow crowds intent on listening to what he had to say. The fact that Breitbart's followers thought it would be a punch-to-the-gut scandal to "reveal to the world!" that Nobel-peace-prize-winning Obama stood up for racial equality only outs them as the haters they are. But apparently, they're too busy hating to be able to contemplate that.

  • Leon Despair on March 08, 2012 7:22 PM:

    The video is clearly fake. Where's the teleprompter?