I saw the excerpts of then Senator Obama’s 2007 speech on Hannity and agree with Jeff that this isn’t the post-racial Obama we heard during the 2004 DNC speech. His rhetoric is barely distinguishable from the likes of Al Sharpton.
Obama’s lavish praise of Reverend Wright also leads one to look upon his April 2008 statement about Wright with a willful suspension of disbelief. You might remember that Obama said of Wright, “the man I saw yesterday was not the man I knew for 20 years.”
While I agree that this speech may cast President Obama in a different light with some voters, I wonder if it will make much of a difference.
The reason I make this point is because we all know that Obama will use the words “47 percent” to Mitt Romney’s face during the debate tomorrow night. But can you see Romney bringing up this tape? I can’t.
Now I realize that this tape could have a life of its own without an interjection from Romney. It could help cast doubt against Obama and prompt people to give Romney a second look. But I am more inclined to think that if Obama loses next month it will because of his performance since taking office on January 20, 2009.