The Barack Obama race speech video on Youtube has over two million hits in less than two days. This, for a video that is, let us not forget, nearly forty minutes long.
By way of comparison, remember that “music video” thing? It got to a million hits in five days, and it’s about three minutes long.
EDIT TO ADD: I certainly didn’t expect to see comments like this from Mike Huckabee, who seems to be refusing to march in lockstep with the far-right outrage over the Obama speech:
And one other thing I think we’ve gotta remember. As easy as it is for those of us who are white, to look back and say “That’s a terrible statement!”…I grew up in a very segregated south. And I think that you have to cut some slack — and I’m gonna be probably the only Conservative in America who’s gonna say something like this, but I’m just tellin’ you — we’ve gotta cut some slack to people who grew up being called names, being told “you have to sit in the balcony when you go to the movie. You have to go to the back door to go into the restaurant. And you can’t sit out there with everyone else. There’s a separate waiting room in the doctor’s office. Here’s where you sit on the bus…”
And you know what? Sometimes people do have a chip on their shoulder and resentment. And you have to just say, I probably would too. I probably would too. In fact, I may have had more of a chip on my shoulder had it been me.