Obama video from Harvard back in 1990 introducing professor Derek Bell

More than 20 years ago. BuzzFeed just posted what Breitbart.com is describing as a “selectively edited” video of an introduction President Obama made at a 1990 protest rally at Harvard for Derek Bell. My first thought was … where is the teleprompter?

Here’s the video, as released by BuzzFeed. I’ll update this post as needed. Has the vetting begun? What will come of this?


The video, which [Andrew] Kaczynski says was “licensed from a Boston television station,” shows a young Barack Obama leading a protest at Harvard Law School on behalf of Prof. Derrick Bell, a radical academic tied to Jeremiah Wright–about whom we will be releasing significant information in the coming hours.



From the LA Times on April 6, 1990.

More than 60 Harvard Law School students protesting the lack of women and minorities on the faculty occupied a school building overnight and said they would present a list of demands to the dean.

“Some spirits were sagging a little last night but they’re back up,” Michele Anglade, 24, an organizer and first-year student from New York, said this morning. “We’re tired but committed.”

The group was to present its demands to Dean Robert Clark. The list included a call for more women and minorities on the faculty, a revision of the admissions policy to create more diversity among students, and new course offerings that address the effects women and minorities have had on law in America.

Update: I don’t watch Hannity’s show on Fox News, but if you’re interested in watching yourself, Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief Joel Pollak and Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro will be on the show and have more information, including more video.

I really don’t think much will come of this (you never know), but I do find it interesting simply because a Boston news channel had this video and it did not make a single news cycle during the 2008 campaign.

Note: I asked where is the teleprompter for the simple fact I thought his speaking style was quite good, and he did not have one. We’ve only seen the president speak within the last six years or so almost always with one. It’s like his speaking skills have actually deteriorated. That said, his hand going in and out of his pocket was distracting,

9 replies
  1. Truthseeker
    Truthseeker says:

    Maybe its a good thing it wasn’t aired in 2008.? It would have likely mobilized the liberal base even more.? Since Obama’s affiliation with Reverend Wright didn’t keep him out of office then, and he has since distanced himself from that crazy, bringing this up again now won’t amount to a pimple on a gnat’s a$$.

  2. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    I see the beginnings of the joy of “occupying” a school building overnight. Aha now we know what President Obama did at Harvard. The very Genesis of OWS.

    • winnie
      winnie says:

      I loved the quote that they were “tired but committed”…seriously?? one night and they were “tired” from their occupation of a school building??

      • NH-Jim
        NH-Jim says:

        I had to laugh at that one also.? While at design school, I did too many all-nighters to be counted.? At the time (1980’s) I held the “unofficial” record of 5 straight nights without sleep.? Talk about tired (and borderline crazy)…

  3. JBS
    JBS says:

    Steve, Obama is speaking about something he knows and feels deeply about. He doesn’t need a teleprompter because he really believes in what he is saying.
    Notice the hand going in and out of his pocket? Hmmmm . . .
    As president, he needs a teleprompter because he doesn’t believe what he is saying.

  4. Jeff S
    Jeff S says:

    The media won’t cover this story due to the fact?the real story is coming within the?week….when zero announces his NCAA brackets.

  5. Murphy
    Murphy says:

    At least back then he had his hands in his own pockets and not ours….. oh those were the days my friend.

    • crystal4
      crystal4 says:

      Best statement on this was “Wow, Obama associated with intellectual blacks , it’s obvious, Hannity does not”.

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