June 4, 2008

No doubt there is a surplus of Hillary Clinton and McCain supporters who would love nothing more than to slam Barack by way of some racist comments his wife made. However, at this point we have no concrete evidence Michelle Obama made a derogatory comment about white people. On the pro-Clinton Hillbuzz blog, for instance, we are told such a tape exists, or rather a DVD. “The ‘tape’ is a DVD that Trinity United sold on its website, and possibly offered free for download up until March 2008 when Trinity’s site was scrubbed and the DVDs were no longer offered for sale,” writes the Clinton partisan. As the blogger notes, the DVD “should be readily available” because it was part of “a very large multi-day event” at the Trinity United Church in Chicago.

If indeed a video of the event was offered free for download on the Trinity website and copies were offered for sale, it is reasonable to assume the video would have by now appeared on Google and YouTube. A search of YouTube produces two results under the search criteria “Michelle Obama Whitey,” but both videos have been removed. This does not mean the video appeared and was censored by YouTube — it simply means somebody posted a video with those keywords.

Some speculate that Republicans have a copy of the video and are waiting for the right time to release it and inflict maximum damage on the Barack Obama campaign. I don’t buy it. If the video is out there, presumably in multiple copies, it would have appeared on the internet by now. In this day and age, it is impossible to keep information off the internet. The only way this would be possible is if there is but one copy of the tape and it is now kept under lock and key. Otherwise it would be on the internet and propagating like rabbits in heat.

Here’s the Hillbuzz blog entry:

What’s on the Michelle Obama Rant Tape?

Here’s what’s known so far:

The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th – July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women’s Event.

Michelle Obama appeared as a panelist alongside Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks.

Bill Clinton spoke during the Conference, as did Bill Cosby and other speakers, but not at the panel Michelle attended.

Michelle Obama spoke at the Women’s Event, but referenced Bill Clinton in her rant — his presence at the conference was the impetus for her raving, it seems.

For about 30 minutes, Michelle Obama launched into a rant about the evils of America, and how America is to blame for the problems of Africa. Michelle personally blamed President Clinton for the deaths of millions of Africans and said America is responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis and other ethnic groups. She then launched into an attack on “whitey”, and talked about solutions to black on black crime in the realm of diverting those actions onto white America. Her rant was fueled by the crowd: they reacted strongly to what she said, so she got more passionate and enraged, and that’s when she completely loses it and says things that have made the mouths drop of everyone who’s seen this.

The “tape” is a DVD that Trinity United sold on its website, and possibly offered free for download up until March 2008 when Trinity’s site was scrubbed and the DVDs were no longer offered for sale.

This outburst happened just one month before the 2004 Democratic Convention, when Barack Obama delivered the keynote address.

UPDATED: It seems really easy for Chicago local media, especially, to determine whether or not this is the right tape of Michelle Obama. All they need to do is pull the tape from this 2004 Conference (particularly the panel Michelle was on), which should be readily available (since this was a very large multi-day event). All a journalist needs to do is watch this tape: if this is not the right one, they’d know immediately and this issue would be debunked. But, logically, this seems to be the most likely source of the tape people have been talking about at

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