The Drudge Report is currently hyping a video of a “race” speech by President Obama to be aired tonight on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” that features this quote:
“My pastor, the guy who puts up with me, counsels me, listens to my wife complain about me. He’s a friend and a great leader. Not just in Chicago, but all across the country”
The quote comes from an appearance then-candidate Obama made at Hampton University in Virginia in 2007, in which he introduced Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s longtime pastor. Wright would later find himself at the center of a controversy because of his bombastic statements about race and Obama severed his ties with him.
Hannity was joined by Tucker Carlson, editor of the Daily Caller, who posted the video on his Web site. Both suggested that Obama was being racially divisive in his comments in the speech.
Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said: “In a transparent attempt to change the subject from his comments attacking half of the American people, Mitt Romney’s allies recirculated video of a 2007 event that was open to and extensively covered by the press at the time.”
The Romney campaign has reportedly said it had no involvement with the release of the video.
Watch the clip: