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Obama Speech Reaches Most-Viewed Status on YouTube

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), talks on the phone in the car on the tarmac at the airport in Fayetteville, N.C., Wednesday, March 19, 2008.(AP.)

By Jose Antonio Vargas
Barack Obama's Philadephia speech on race, posted on the senator's own YouTube channel, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times in less than 24 hours.

Right now it's the most viewed video in YouTube. (Users can rate videos on the site, and Obama's speech currently ranks as YouTube's top-rated video.) Meanwhile, videos of the the controversial and racially-charged sermons of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor, continue to circulate online. One of the most viewed of these videos, posted last Wednesday, was viewed more than 450,000 times by yesterday. Today, the tally had risen to 510,000 times.

More than any other remaining presidential candidate, Obama has taken full advantage of his YouTube channel to directly reach his supporters. Days before giving his speech in Philadelphia, for example, his online team posted a nearly four minute video titled "Obama Denounces Controversial Remarks."

By Web Politics Editor  |  March 19, 2008; 12:21 PM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama , New Media  
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