What the Unearthed 1995 Video Tells Us about Obama

A professionally shot video of Barack Obama from 1995 has recently surfaced.  Shot at the Cambridge, Mass. Public Library, the video captures a skinny, youthful Obama promoting his then newly released memoir, Dreams from My Father. In this hour-long presentation, Obama openly talks about his relationship with his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, a Communist and pornographer.  Perhaps more importantly, Obama gives us a much clearer picture of who he was in 1995, on the cusp of his political career, than we had seen before.  Some observations: The Obama of 1995 was not a very good speaker.  He had a halting delivery, stuttered, was obviously nervous, and, although congenial enough, could not tell a joke.  What Obama did do well was read.  He read a dramatic passage from his book for a full fifteen minutes uninterrupted and used multiple voices halfway credibly. Over the years, Obama’s handlers have exploited his ability to read and sheltered him...(Read Full Article)

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