Obama Audio Clips May Hurt Candidacy

Recording of his bestseller details drug use, attitudes on race
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Jul 6, 2008 2:42 PM CDT
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr. acknowledges the audience at the Detroit NAACP's 53rd annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner Sunday, April 27, 2008.    (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – GOP activists are salivating over audio clips of Barack Obama reading from his book, Dreams from My Father, detailing his attitudes on race and adventures with drugs.
"I attended classes sparingly, drank beer heavily, and tried drugs enthusiastically," Obama says in a reading of the 1993 bestseller. Now radio hosts are testing which snippets to play in post-Labor Day attack ads, Politico reports.

In another clip, Obama impersonates Rev. Jeremiah Wright, blasting a society "where white folks' greed runs a world in need." "It turns out to be very jarring," one conservative activist said. But another doubts the clips will have any effect: "This country has elected two straight presidents who have tacitly admitted to drug use."