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03/05/2012 12:56 pm ET | Updated May 05, 2012

Barack Obama's Earliest Campaign Video?

In 1995, then-professor Barack Obama went on a very modest tour with his just published memoir, Dreams From My Father. During the tour, he underwent his first national interview on the PBS show Connie Martinson Talks Books.

This YouTube video of that interview has had just 5,819 views. The discussion is as relevant today as it was 17 years ago. It shows the budding president confess to being shy, inexperienced, but determined to make a difference. It could easily be his earliest ever presidential campaign video. It deserves a much wider audience.

By the way, the copy of the book propped up behind Mr. Obama, signed in front of the camera at the end of the video, recently sold on eBay for $5,655.99. Someone just got themselves a serious bargain.