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WASHINGTON -- The Obama campaign readily admits that White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) recently recorded a portion of the Oct. 2, 2002, anti-Iraq war speech he originally delivered at an outdoor rally in Chicago for a new ad that went online Thursday.

There is no good audio tape of the speech, which is playing a pivotal role in the Obama campaign. But the campaign used a sound effect to create the impression one was listening to the original speech.


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"It was Barack re-reading a portion of the speech. As I told you, there is no original tape," Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod, told me in an e-mail exchange.

The 77-second ad uses sound effects that could easily lead one to conclude that one is listening to Obama making the original speech at the plaza rally outside the Kluczynski Federal Building in the Loop.

It is a sound effect to make the Obama spot seem something it is not.

Obama's voice sounds as if it were recorded off a loudspeaker. The sound effect gives Obama's voice a reverberation, or echo-like quality.

The spot is titled "Blank Check" and is designed to underscore one of -- perhaps the most potent -- calling cards of Obama, his early opposition to the Iraq war.

Obama's new voice-over uses a key quote from the Oct. 2 speech at the rally in which protesters tried to head off the Senate's Oct. 11, 2002, vote to authorize the Iraq war:

"I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length at undetermined cost with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaida."

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Obama's whole game is in creating impressions. If you have nothing else to sell to the thirsty crowd then tell them about the oasis that is up ahead.

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