What do President Obama's own words reveal about him?
An in-depth look at the president's autobiography
- Duration 9:11
- Date May 18, 2012
An in-depth look at the president's autobiography
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And what little special -- audience edition of Hannity time joined by a group a political commentators journalists and authors.
To discuss a very important topic that being the president's autobiography titled dreams from my father.
A story of race and inheritance.
Now although this book was published way back in 1995 the mainstream media is only just beginning to pay attention to some of its explosive content.
And trust me it goes well beyond eating dog meat and so over the next hour we're gonna help the Obama administration's allies in the press.
Doing some other all work for them.
And we're gonna systematically walk through this controversial book.
Well that'll let you hear from the president it's in his own words and here to help kick things off our studio audience many of whom I'm sure you recognized local mall thank you for being here.
We just start with a show hands we all agree probably in the in the course this campaign the top issues going to be the economy anyone disagree.
We all -- you disagree note economy part -- Second biggest -- national security.
Disagree -- -- -- -- everybody agrees national security.
Third biggest issue Obama's record.
Right as president.
I'll cut because that brings us to those that would be critical of going back and may be trying to understand the president.
A little better.
What motivates him witnesses thought process come from.
Another reports what why don't why -- you never show up a pragmatic side a triangulation like say and Bill Clinton.
The end of welfare as we know what the -- of big government is over.
Questions I'd like to note I would think from purely political purposes the president -- want to do that so that leads us to this question.
Eric Russia want to start with you you broke the story on the reverend Jeremiah Wright.
We have now this book we're gonna be playing excerpts -- -- tonight why is a support.
Think it's important because you can extrapolate from the sorts of thoughts that he had it during his formative years early adulthood people that he associated with -- and you extrapolate that out to the kinds of decisions he's made -- -- as president how it's affected the economy how we get along with each other.
That every facet of our society seems to have been.
Deleterious -- affected by its various things that you can take you can look at going all the way back to.
For it you know Trinity United Church of Christ for example Reverend -- the people that he hung out with in college in his own words.
And that these sort of policies that he has now and what might factors that they're quite.
-- we all agree does anybody here think the media in 2008 up until today has done a good job -- the president.
Anybody think that nobody walks right out of of course the media.
Fell in love with for a.
What sort of the left wing establishment media.
One of Barack Obama desperately to be present and that's what we got we got it.
We got -- a glossing over of his record at the same time we got -- a delving into John McCain's record who served.
This country heavily and everybody kind of knew.
2012 when you asked these types of questions.
Everybody in the mainstream media is missing what he's talking about of course we already know these things and -- gonna try to really.
Trying to -- against these questions even being passed it -- -- demonize of course because of the Citizens United case David -- Stephen Morgan right part dot com yeah I couldn't and wouldn't be fair that's one of the reasons we have this a series called the -- and one the reasons we have to be fair.
The McCain campaign won the responsibilities of a presidential campaign is -- both lay out your agenda of what you intend to do but also -- that.
The candidates like in golf and -- protect the field as a player.
The McCain campaigned systematically failed they made a decision they talk about that they did not take on President Obama and anything happen before.
He was a state senator in -- point Steve Schmidt has been on record saying that so.
The president was never vetted in 2008 that's when the results are currently well and interestingly thought it was a mistake -- mistake all right now this week Mitt Romney came out.
And said for example solve that.
The issue of Jeremiah -- off the table.
I think he was right on that I think that's an issue that or do.
Be dealt with -- commentators.
Pressure should be put on the minority does your job Hannity that's that's right part -- people and our own diaries and other reason.
I think the Romney shouldn't shouldn't -- -- Is because the reality is as bad as a relationship.
With the Reverend Wright was.
He has not governed as president has a -- as a candidate.
Of black liberation theology and you know.
Which is what else is more socialism Cornell west is that is a -- a black liberation theology and he hates a balmy for you.
Obama betrayed betrayed him so I I think.
It's it's a very slippery thing because what Obama does very well -- -- he's the performance if that's what the books about I have many identity.
I mean I'm you know I'm the first Jewish president.
-- of the earthquake president.
I don't the first environment with president elect Obama but Newsweek's and I got a problem as desperate does that -- -- we're gonna -- this brings us to the point let's let's go to some of the book which we're going to be in dispersing throughout the the program tonight.
This first I think which is foremost important the president says in his own words that he stands by.
The stories in the book in other words which he narrates often himself with some -- I cannot honestly say that the voice in this book is not mine but I would tell the story much differently today than I did ten years ago.
Even a certain passages have proven to be in convenient politically the grist for political commentary.
And opposition research.
Are now he says right that's his comments about the the book now let's start with.
Imagine if Mitt Romney was on tape admitting that he attended school sparingly.
He -- have there was drinking heavily and did drugs enthusiastically.
Let's imagine for a minute this is Mitt Romney saying -- I spent the last two years of high school in the days.
Locking away the questions but life Siemens system imposing.
I kept playing basketball attended classes sparingly and drank beer heavily and -- drugs enthusiastically.
I discovered that it didn't make any difference whether you smoke free for in the white classmate sparkling new man in the dorm room with somebody you've met -- at the gym.
On the beach but a couple of Hawaiian kids who have dropped out of school when not spend most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl.
Right show of hands how many think that's important.
You don't -- half hearted go ahead and it's you know it's as important as Mitt Romney only Cuban news fourteen years old bomb was a little bit older.
You know both things are of limited use it it it's it's an interesting part of -- history it's something that he says he's gotten beyond he says so he has said so long ago.
It's an interest in part of who we get stuck -- can't -- Rock and things and I asked that the remorse or I really wish I hadn't -- that that was a mistake.
I'm all grown up now on I'm really to lead this country responsibly.
And I wanted to deal family -- want to deal marriage.
Want to protect every young and -- an elderly that's what I'd really like to hear.
But to -- at -- at all this and so now I just want to do some more things that aren't thinkpad.
-- that was valid statistic is when you go on these comedy shows and -- say did you inhale.
All I was the point.
I see it yet David went well.
Here here's something we have to realize about this I agree that the issue is not the top issue that's clear we all -- -- that.
Right but it's the evolution of the human -- we all do things that we're young.
We -- -- we've become adults.
-- Obama evolved from irresponsible behavior into responsible governance is a president.
The fact is we've seen it ideologues that was in his formative years as -- as president as he was in his formative years.
And -- look at that from a governance and a policy point of view.
And mother caution back to the earlier question is.
Stop getting into the wrong argument don't let them lead us into the top US about the top issues stay on those issues if -- Rodney.
Let the commentators the media those of -- that are responsible.
Talk to the people of America about the other -- that he.
Here's what's fascinating to me when I first played that -- -- he's been president almost four years do you know how many people told me they had never heard it.
Never heard it -- real quick -- This is 111 insignificant.
Piece of the puzzle.
That we know about since 2008 my Obama book I wrote in 2008.
In the background Indonesia growing up in Jakarta.
The -- sitting on the story to school records with his religion was salon what she -- him what makes in his final -- the abandonment of Israel this is all of the -- this is interest -- -- the American people haven't heard this I we have to ask ourselves.
Would a Republican ever get that pass.
Now up I will be where I promise we're gonna plenty of time we're gonna do more of these segments and -- double.