Remember when the leftist media jumped on Melania Trump for allegedly plagiarizing Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech at the Republican National Convention last year? TruthRevolt’s Tiffany Gabbay took that accusation apart soundly, reminding readers that Michelle Obama recycled worn out tropes in her speech, too.
But that same media was hands-off with Barack Obama, whom they heralded as the great orator of our time (despite his insistent use of a teleprompter). One of his most famous speeches that the media practically played on a loop throughout his presidency was the one about “just words:”
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter. ‘I have a dream’ — just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’ — just words? ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself’ — just words? Just speeches?”
Those sentiments were lifted from the 2006 speech by Deval Patrick running for governor of Massachusetts. Even The New York Times picked up on that in early 2008; just before they sold out for the young senator from Illinois. Hillary Clinton, too, used the plagiarism to her advantage during that campaign to rail Obama as the candidate of “change you can Xerox.”
Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak writes, “It was a clear case of plagiarism — and an ironic one, given that it centered around a phrase promoting the importance of words. In the end, Gov. Patrick excused his friend, and Democrats excused Obama, as they would for most things.”
And that’s exactly what the NY Times did, and Hillary, too. As soon as Obama took office, the praise for his perfect speeches flowed like a mountain stream.
But that wasn’t the only speech Obama gave that sounded eerily familiar to some. Former presidential speech writer Marc Thiessen heard President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Speech and heard lines he had written for President George W. Bush’s SOTU speech back in 2007.
“Yeah, it was eerily familiar,” Thiessen said on Fox News. “There were lines like, ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity. A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy. A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available healthcare. Extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy.’ All of that came from the 2007 State of the Union Address by George W. Bush. So, Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush.”
However, the cult of Obama would like to erase this reality from public memory in order to protect his status as the “Great Orator.” So, let us be sure they never forget.