Like Sandra Fluke, President Obama once took a stand in law school. Buzzfeed.com exclusively licensed an old video of a young Barack Obama from the archives of WGBH, Boston’s PBS station. The video shows him speaking at a protest in favor of controversial professor Derrick Bell, who pushed for Harvard to give tenure to minority and female law professors.
The Barack Obama of the early ‘90s in the video sounds like same guy we know today. At that time, he was only president of the Harvard Law Review. If anything, he just sounded a tad more leftie. He had less gray hairs then, but there’s no “Aha” or “WTF” moment.
Right before conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart’s untimely death last week, he said he planned to release a tape of Obama talking about race that would alter the course of the 2012 presidential election. This video was supposed to be the smoking gun, as the GOP might say, proving Obama’s radical political beliefs.
Breitbart’s website didn’t deny this was the same video. But called the Buzzfeed tape “selectively edited.” The organization says it be will “releasing additional footage that has been hidden by Obama’s allies in the mainstream media and academia.”
Buzzfeed has denied those editing claims.
PBS just stepped into the fray, vouching for Buzzfeed’s credibility by posting the whole video of the rally. In a statement posted to Frontline, PBS said while Buzzfeed did not post the whole video of the event, they did, in fact, post Obama’s portion in full.