FiveThirtyEight: The Rev. Wright controversy did not impact Obama's polls

Nate Silver, Farai Chideya and Harry Enten re-examine a seminal moment from Barack Obama's 2008 campaign.
3:25 | 06/20/18

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Transcript for FiveThirtyEight: The Rev. Wright controversy did not impact Obama's polls
I don't really think it data if you look back at the time Obama had a clear lead in the elected delicate count. He was able to maintain a national polling lead over Hillary Clinton a perhaps it dipped but it's kind of part isolate exactly what the reason for that was. And remember it was a very short period of time in between when the news was broken about these rep from Wright's speeches. And when he gave that speech himself press now President Obama. Yet to the first approximation if you go back and look at the real clear politics polling average. You can't really see the Reverend Wright. Controversy. His chair election embers in general as Clinton's where were both. Falling in bid against McCain as the controversy. Dragged on some primary dragged on but I don't know I think the argument have to be that. It would've cratered something else triggered panic among super delegates would have. Change the narrative. Around Obama were incident in kind of post partisan and sort of post racial but the people who work in a vote for Obama because he was black where mourning for in the first place. The way Obama talks about race has changed in subtle ways but in in a very interesting progression over. The years so the more perfect union speech where he's referencing his. White grandmother. And he's referencing has essentially the fact that he himself is a synthesis of the American experience. And the American genealogy. Is one facet of Barack Obama and you get to 2016 where he gives the commencement speech. To a historically black college. Howard university and he really is speaking adds. A black man two younger black people about the realities of race in America which are persistent. And and vexing and and so I do think that. Barack Obama has. Always claimed his blackness but not always as publicly as he came to. You know it's a sensational story in some ways but to put my cynics had on. This involved well. Think about the timing of this this is in a lawless right after Ohio right. See you have very little going on between this Ohio and Texas primary in early march in the Pennsylvania primary and in mid April. So there live new cycles to fill. Is number one. Number two. Obama was a tremendous story I think certainly got pretty good favorable press coverage. And till this kind of incident to the campaign where the story of Obama up saying the Clinton juggernaut. All of a sudden well you know wouldn't it be exciting up Clinton made made a comeback so I'm always suspicious of when. A story that. That in Africa succeed Joseph comes at a time when there's a lot of news cycles to burned and sent incentives for depressed. To create controversy.

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