In his recent article entitled “Phony in Chief”, Thomas Sowell reveals the lies behind Obama’s statements in the recently publicized June 5, 2007 video of Obama giving a speech to a mostly black crowd at Hampton University. Referring to Obama, Sowell writes:
In his speech — delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama doesn’t use anywhere except when he is addressing a black audience — he charged the federal government with not showing the same concern for the people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after hurricane Andrew hit.
Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute 10 percent as much as the federal government does.
Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out that this requirement was waived in the case of New York and Florida because the people there were considered to be “part of the American family.” But the people in New Orleans — predominantly black — “they don’t care about as much,” according to Barack Obama.
The only problem with Obama’s statement is that it is a complete lie; the Senate had voted to waive the Stafford Act less than two weeks before Obama gave that speech. Obama knew this because he was a U.S. Senator at the time, and had been present for the vote. The vote was 80-14 in favor of waiving the requirement that New Orleans pay 10% of the recovery costs. Obama was one of the 14 Senators who voted against it! Yes you read that correctly, Barack Obama voted NOT to waive the requirement that New Orleans pay part of the costs of cleaning up Hurricane Katrina. He then told an audience 2 weeks later that the requirement had not been waived because of the racism of those who voted against it.
When he gave that demagogic speech, in a feigned accent and style, it was world class chutzpah and a rhetorical triumph. He truly deserves the title Phony in Chief.
If you know any true believers in Obama, show them the transcript of his June 5, 2007 speech at Hampton University (available from the Federal News Service) and then show them page S6823 of the Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, which lists which Senators voted which way on the waiver of the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans.
Some people in the media have tried to dismiss this and other revelations of Barack Obama’s real character that have belatedly come to light as “old news.” But the truth is one thing that never wears out. The Pythagorean Theorem is 2,000 years old, but it can still tell you the distance from home plate to second base (127 ft.) without measuring it. And what happened five years ago can tell a lot about Barack Obama’s character — or lack of character.