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March 8th, 2012
01:09 PM ET

Political panel on the relevance, timing, and context of the new Obama video

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, 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.

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  1. Barbara

    I saw Kirk Cameron on Piers Morgan Program and I know this is not the current topic. But I agree with Kirk Cameron 100%- plus. A-men to Kirk.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Steven Landi

    Although unfortunate, it puzzles me why Piers Morgan would glorify Andrew Breitbart. The other evening, hearing both Arianna Huffington and Piers Morgan sing the praises of the deceased, I couldn't help but wonder why there was no mention of his vile attack video on Shirley Sherrod and now we have his attempt with an old college video of President Obama. Perhaps, it would be better to honor and recognize as outstanding those who led exemplary lives.

    March 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. randolph jones

    the people that showed President Obama at Harward in early days, need to get life.they dont say anything on former President Bush smoked pot in his young days.there is sayIng 'WHEN U DIG WHOLE ONE U BETTER DIGGED FOR YOURSELF" CAUSE U WILL FALL INTO IT"

    March 8, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cacebo

    The truth the rally was not about anything radical, except it was about someone pushing for something the believe in, that was in no way a radical form of thinking. And as for President Obama (President of the Hardvard's Law Review) was merely speaking about the individual and not so much on the issue at hand.. Again and another failed attempt to try and distract, discredit and indict our President.

    Get the Truth People..

    March 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Lorienne

      it's getting too hard. We had the talk about wnikrog hard being necessary to succeed in life. I firmly believe in that principle. I only hope and pray that she makes it. Isn't that what we want for our children after all?

      June 27, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Joe

    Piers Morgan and Obama both need to go, I so sick of the Liberal left playing dirty politics and America is to

    March 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Dan

    If you watch interviews of Bell and his derrogatory statements, one would wonder why Obama would glorify Bell, as well as assign his radical teachings to his students as a law professor. Look up Bell's statements, they are outrageous. Last but not least, if this video is not controversial, why didn't CNN release it? What would be the harm? Oh, that's right, it reinforces the fact the obama is a radical.

    March 9, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Bonnie

    Was thrilled to hear what Montel and Piers had to say tonight! It is more than time that we cut out this unessessary BS and got back to what is important! We pick apart every little bit of nonsense and ignore the important issues ! Gossip and criticism is sick and deadly.
    When do we start taking responsibility for ourselves ? Thanks to both of you for speaking out.

    March 10, 2012 at 1:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. George

    Derrick Bell said:

    “Black people will never gain full equality in this country. Even those herculean efforts we hail as successful will produce no more than temporary “peaks of progress,” short-lived victories that slide into irrelevance as racial patterns adapt in ways that maintain white dominance. This is a hard-to-accept fact that all history verifies”.

    As Americans (who happened to have dark skin color) throughout the 20th Century and this century rose to the highest positions in both business and government (including CEOs, Majority Shareholders, Senators, Supreme Court Justices, Secretaries of State and eventually the President of the United States of America) Derrick Bell refused to live out his personal delusion of our civil society in an Ivory Tower asserting to the end that his must be an Ebony Tower.

    March 11, 2012 at 8:36 am | Report abuse | Reply

    Mr. Morgan:
    exactly why are these none these individuals qualified to discuss a professor of racial studies and theories, I mean what is the point of having these individuals and not Conel West and Appiah of princeton for goodness sake one would question if these interviews in an of themselves are racially just.

    March 13, 2012 at 3:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Lyes

    Thanks for stopping by, Adam. As a foemrr employee of Morgan Stanley and an admirer of some of their early work on the Web, it's good to know that the firm is intellectually committed to social media, if not fully technology-enabled yet.It sounds as if lots of valuable information was exchanged at the BDI conference wish I'd been there![]

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