Following the "reality" theme set by susanhu in her January 14, 2008, MyDD diary Reality: Why Obama Is Exploiting Racism, let's explore the "reality" of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.)'s antiwar stance prior to his run for the U.S. Senate with a focus on the date of that much-touted October 2002 speech given in Chicago's Daley Plaza.
Obama's website BarackObama.com provides a copy of his speech entitled "Remarks of Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama Against Going to War with Iraq", dated October 2, 2002.
Elsewhere on the internet, however, the date for the speech delivered in Chicago is stated as October 26, 2002, including the text of the speech published at Wikisource and by The Network Journal (September 2004), for example.
On January 13, 2008, DemocraticUnderground forum commenter stillcool47 posted the speech dated October 26, 2002, with the source link cited as barackobama.com/pdf/warspeech.pdf. The date on the pdf document now reads October 2, 2002.
Alegre, a well-known blogger at The Daily Kos, as recently as January 11, 2008, hyperlinked to the October 26, 2002, speech at EnwikiSource.org. It is now an inactive link.
In February 2007, Obama supporters cited the date of the speech as October 26, 2002. In his February 12, 2007, post, Lawrence Jones included the text of the speech—dated October 26, 2002 on his Obama community page and, on February 13, 2007, an Obama diarist at SouthernDemocrats.us posted the text of the speech under the heading October 26, 2002.
Even the Wikipedia article Political positions of Barack Obama dates his speech to October 26, 2002. The date, cited in Footnote 52, originally linked to Obama's 2010 U.S. Senate re-election campaign webpage Obama2010.us/2002/10/26/iraq_war.php. When clicking on the link now, one is redirected to BarackObama.com.
Why is this important?