In the aftermath of a recently released video of Barack Obama, on Wednesday Piers Morgan welcomed an all-star panel of political commentators and journalists, all charged with offering perspective, and debating the relevance of the new footage.
In the clip from 1991, a young Obama, having been elected president of the Harvard Law Review, addresses a crowd of fellow students, offering support for Professor Derrick Bell.
"Video often is revealing," said Ben Smith, Editor in Chief of BuzzFeed, the website to first release the footage. "It's a moment of Obama sounding exactly like himself, and sounding very kind of conciliatory, while at the same time, really taking sounds in this very divisive fight at Harvard, about race, and tenure, and the number of African-American tenured professors, and very much standing with professor Bell, who was very much on the left of that argument."
"Barack Obama, when he finished his speech, he went over and he hugged Derrick Bell," adds Dana Loesch, editor of Bigjournalism.com, another outlet to publish the video. "The president is kind of aligning himself here with a well-known campus radical."
As the panel continued to digest the video, competitive juices began to flow, and tensions rose slightly, as Smith and Loesch debated the editing of the video, and the timing of it's release:
"I have to correct Ben real quick, we actually had the footage, we've had the footage the entire time," insisted Loesch.
"So, why didn't you air it?" wondered Smith.
"Well, why didn't you show the full clip?" replied Loesch.
Watch the clips, and listen to the interviews, as the panel members discuss this new footage, placing it in context along the backdrop of the upcoming general election.