There are few new revelations in a new video of a 2007 Barack Obama speech at Hampton University, which was released, in full, on The Daily Caller website Tuesday night.
“People are saying it’s already been reported, but no, it hasn’t been reported,” Tucker Carlson, editor in chief of The Daily Caller, said tonight on “Hannity.”
“I know, because I reported on it.”
A few times, Obama deviated from his prepared remarks at the university’s Annual Ministers’ Conference.
The biggest difference comes when Obama suggests that the federal government did not care about responding to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, and contrasted the Katrina fallout with the government’s response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and Hurricane Andrew.
At one point in his speech, he says he wants to point something that “really steams me up”:
“Down in New Orleans, where they still have not rebuilt 20 months later,” he begins, “there’s a law, federal law — when you get reconstruction money from the federal government — called the Stafford Act. And basically it says, when you get federal money, you have to give a 10 per cent match. The local government’s has to come up with 10 per cent. Every 10 dollars the federal government comes up with, local government has to give a dollar.”
“Now here’s the thing: When 9-11 happened in New York City, they waived the Stafford Act — said, ‘This is too serious a problem. We can’t expect New York City to rebuild on its own. Forget that dollar you have to put in. Well, here’s 10 dollars.’ And that was the right thing to do. When Hurricane Andrew struck in Florida, people said, ‘Look at this devastation. We don’t expect you to come up with your own money here. Here’s the money to rebuild. We’re not going to wait for you to scratch it together, because you’re part of the American family.'”
“What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money?”
The reaction on Twitter — from conservatives, too — was a collective “blah.” Because, well, most of this has already been covered.
Carlson, in fact, already talked about the speech in 2008:
Here’s the full video from The Daily Caller:
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