There once was a time when Barack Obama was not President of the United States but rather just an editor in chief for the Harvard Law Review. There was also one time in 1991 when a 29-year-old, or 29-year-young, rather, recorded a commercial for TBS’ “Black History Minute,” a video that has gone viral since its uncovering.
Believed to be Obama’s first ever national appearance, the video ad features the then 29-year-old, deep-voiced Harvard Law Review graduating editor in chief before he became commander in chief. In honor of Black History Month, Obama talked in the video about Charles Hamilton Houston, who was an NAACP legal director and Howard Law School professor.
The video was uploaded on Thursday by a 21-year-old history major at St. John’s University named Andy Kaczynski, according to The Nation. Kaczynski was an intern for the Republican National Committee and found the 20-year-old video, along with a few others of political leaders from earlier years, on an old message board.
“I realized there seemed to be a lack of Obama videos from 1990 to 2004,” Kaczynski told The Nation, adding, “I decided to do some research to see what I could find.”
The video has amassed over 300,000 views as of Sunday evening.
In addition to being the first black President of the U.S., Obama was the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, as well.
“The fact that I’ve been elected shows a lot of progress,” President Obama told the New York Times in 1990 about being President of the Harvard Law Review. “It’s encouraging.”
To say Encouraging is to say the least for the young Barack Obama, seen here in the 1991 video commercial.