Posted by Curt on 18 February, 2008 at 10:05 am. 11 comments already!

I’m hearing an echo. You hear it?

But her dismissive point, and I hear it a lot from her staff, is that all I have to offer is words — just words. ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ Just words – just words! ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words! ‘Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.’ Just words! ‘I have a dream.’ Just words!
– Deval Patrick (D)

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! [Applause.] ‘We have nothing to fear but fear itself.’ Just words — just speeches!
– Barack Obama (D)

Some are calling it plagiarizing but apparently Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Obama are good buddies and he gave Big O his permission to use his lines:

In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr. Patrick said that he and Mr. Obama first talked about the attacks from their respective rivals last summer, when Mrs. Clinton was raising questions about Mr. Obama’s experience, and that they discussed them again last week.

Both men had anticipated that Mr. Obama’s rhetorical strength would provide a point of criticism. Mr. Patrick said he told Mr. Obama that he should respond to the criticism, and he shared language from his campaign with Mr. Obama’s speechwriters.

Mr. Patrick said he did not believe Mr. Obama should give him credit.

So its not plagiarizing. But it does show us that this man whom make women swoon, who has been compared to JFK and other great politicians (even though he has no accomplishments), and is supposedly a man of character is nothing but the same old calculating politician ie. Hillary Clinton.

And from The Politico we find that apparantly the “plagiarizing” goes both ways:

Obama also used “Yes, we can!” — now a staple of his presidential campaign — as a rallying cry in his successful race for U.S. Senate in 2004.

The Globe reported: “After Patrick employed the same phrase at a state Democratic Convention in 2005, a reporter alerted the campaign that it was Obama’s signature line, and they went back to the drawing board,” said Dan Payne, a Democratic strategist working for Patrick at the time. (Patrick would adopt “together we can” instead.)

I wonder how the MSM and the MoveOn peeps would feel about this if both those (D)’s were changed to a (R)’s?

There would be hell to pay.

UPDATE

Obama responds with…..it’s no big deal:

Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that he probably should have given his friend — the governor of Massachusetts — credit for using his lines over the weekend.

Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Hillary Rodham Clinton accused Obama of plagiarizing Gov. Deval Patrick. Wolfson said that raises questions about the premise of Obama’s candidacy — his rhetorical skills.

Obama, D-Ill., says that’s going too far. He says he really doesn’t think it’s a big deal to use Patrick’s words because they share ideas all the time.

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