As a recent graduate of Harvard Law, Obama discussed his childhood and race in America. He also read a passage from Dreams From My Father and performed a series of impersonations.
In March, a video of the 34-year-old Barack Obama surfaced on YouTube. It contains footage of an appearance he made at the Cambridge Public Library in September 1995.
While the video has accumulated more than 1 million views, these appear to have primarily come from fringe websites, which have cited the video as evidence that, to quote Infowars, a “Communist schooled [Obama] on white racism.” (This is referring to Frank Marshall Davis, a friend of Obama’s grandfather.)
At the time this video was taken, Obama had just published his first book, a memoir titled Dreams From My Father. Originally envisioned by agents as a “feel-good story,” the memoir is instead a personal (if factually questionable) examination of the experiences of the mixed-race boy and young man who would eventually become the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.