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Sunday, April 18, 2010

President Obama Spoke at a Chicago Democratic Socialist of America Sponsored Event in 1996

Here is a Video from the Democratic Socialist of America Video Channel where the speaker remembers a time in February of 1996:

Quote beings at 2:07 and ends at 2:38

"I got a press release from Chicago DSA(Democratic Socialist of America), the University of Chicago Young Democratic Socialists and the University of Chicago Young Democrats. Those three groups were jointly sponsoring an event titled "Employent and the Survival in Urban America". And the featured speaker was a candidate for the Illinois State Senate. I remember thinking at the time, that someone with the name of , Barack Obama, will have a very hard time getting elected to anything."

Joel Bleifus "Can the Democratic Left Reshape American Poltics" from Frank Llewellyn on Vimeo.

According to the DSA Article on Chicago DSA.org, one Barack Obama did indeed speak at this event:

"Over three hundred people attended the first of two Town Meetings on Economic Insecurity on February 25 in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. Entitled "Employment and Survival in Urban America", the meeting was sponsored by the UofC DSA Youth Section, Chicago DSA and University Democrats. The panelists were Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman of Chicago's 4th Ward; Barack Obama, candidate for the 13th Illinois Senate District; Professor William Julius Wilson, Center for the Study of Urban Inequality at the University of Chicago; Professor Michael Dawson, University of Chicago; and Professor Joseph Schwartz, Temple University and a member of DSA's National Political Committee."

While no video of Barack Obama's speech exists, this is the first recorded admission by anyone that it actually took place. The fact that it comes from the mouth of the Democratic Socialists of America themselves is all the more damning.

This is not New News but it will be new to many of my readers and maybe awaken a few to what we are actually facing with the Progressive movement.

To Read the Article on the Chicago DSA website Go To:



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