In a piece by Cinque Henderson (an African-American supporter of Hillary Clinton) appearing in TNR, we find the following bit of insider information, which so far as I know has not been pointed out before:
…While [Obama] remained silent about the allegations [that the Clintons were racist during the South Carolina campaign], he gave speeches across South Carolina that warned against being “hoodwinked” and “bamboozled” by the Clintons. His use of the phrase is resonant. It comes from a scene in Malcolm X, where Denzel Washington warns black people about the hidden evils of “the White Man” masquerading as a smiling politician: “Every election year, these politicians are sent up here to pacify us,” he says. “You’ve been hoodwinked. Bamboozled.”
By uttering this famous phrase, Obama told his black audience everything it needed to know. He was helping to convince blacks that the first two-term Democratic president in 50 years, a man referred to as the first black president, is in fact a secret racist. As soon as I heard that Obama had quoted from Malcolm X like this, I knew that Obama would win South Carolina by a massive margin.
This is the sort of thing that has convinced me that Reverend Wright is correct about one thing: that Obama is a politician, first and foremost, and that his grandiose rhetoric to the contrary is just that.