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Use Patrick's Words? Obama Says, 'Yes We Can'

By Peter Slevin
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Speaking with reporters on his campaign plane, Sen. Barack Obama took issue with the Clinton campaign's claim that he purloined words from his friend and supporter, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

"The notion that using a line from one of my national campaign co-chairs ... is somehow objectionable, somehow doesn't make sense," Obama said on his way to an election eve rally in Beloit, Wis.

Obama, who said Patrick himself had suggested that he use the lines about the power of words, found the Clinton campaign's tactics unsurprising.

It was Clinton staffers who alerted reporters that Obama used lines nearly identical to Patrick's 2006 phrasing.

"Every day starts off with a negative attack from the Clinton campaign," said Obama , who added that he does not know whether the plagiarism charge will gain traction.

He said to a small group of reporters, "I never know what you guys will end up doing with this stuff."

Obama, who used the mantra "Yes, we can" in his winning 2004 Senate campaign and revived it this year, said the word trade goes both ways.

In the 2006 Massachusetts gubernatorial race, Obama said, Patrick was known to repeat a few catchy words himself.

"Yes, we can!" is what Patrick said.

And he did.

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Posted by: zfjvhi likcsw | April 16, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

People are using this to feel almighty as if they're using a big word...plagiarism. Just throwing that word around is just as petty as the source that started the hoopla. It means to copy an idea or "written" work AND claiming it as original! The man was simply repeating words. Well, everyone who sings a song is plagiarizing. This is pitiful. The Clinton machine is a trap. Obama walked right into it.

Posted by: backusa | February 19, 2008 7:57 PM | Report abuse

I hear that Obama has also been using so-called "speechwriters", who are members of his campaign who he sometimes quotes verbatim, at length, and without attribution. The mere fact that they consent to this blatant plagiarism doesn't make it ok.

I certainly couldn't imagine Hillary doing such a thing!

Posted by: davestickler | February 19, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 01/11/08:

"Indeed, Mrs Clinton made some of the same arguments Sunday in New Hampshire when she defended her earnest speaking style by saying, in an indirect reference to Mr. Obama, 'you campaign in poetry, you govern in prose'.

"That particular political maxim was first uttered in 1985 speech at Yale University - by [former New York governor Mario] Cuomo.

"'She didn't attribute it to me, although it's in Bartlett's Quotations and they did,' the former governor said, laughing."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08011/848437-176.stm

Posted by: converse | February 19, 2008 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that politicians think so little of the common sense of the average voter. Playing petty games is time consuming and accomplishes nothing. Our nation is in peril and all Hillary can find to talk about is words. Its hard to change the status quo if your a part of it. The only candidate who can bring about change is Obama for the simple reason that he contributed to society on the streets and out of public view and praise; in the trenches where it really counts.

Posted by: zxfiles554 | February 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Much ado about nothing by a desperate Hillary Clinton. So I guess Obama stole from himself by reviving "Yes we can" from his 2004 campaign? And I guess by Clinton's definition, every Presidential candidate -- including Clinton -- who started talking about "change" after Senator Obama talked about it is plagiarizing him? Do we think any less of John F Kennedy because his "Ask not what your country can do for you...." quote was derived from somebody else's earlier statement? What nonsense. What a distraction from real issues like their approaches to governing and philosophy of governing.

Posted by: dl49 | February 19, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Senator from Illinois Barack Obama is a copy cat of Senator Hillary Clinton. This is not the way to win the nomination.!!!

Posted by: akber_kassam | February 19, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

The Woman Has Absolutely No Shame,

I must comment on the following statement uttered, while drinking a small glass of red WHINE, by the factual Hillary Clinton " "Facts are important. I'm a facts person. If your whole candidacy is based on words, it should be your own words."

IF you are only about words, I would agree yet, I believe this is projection of the highest order for it is Clinton's candidacy that comes closest to this statement. How about the word 'experience', where are the facts to support this?

DANIEL PATRICK MOYNIHAN , the great senator from NY said 'you are entitled to your own opinion, you are not entitle to your own facts." Yet Clinton is a facts person and the following are a list of a few opinions the Clinton's have spun as facts:

her involvement in the Irish Peace process. When did she come up with this one?
the first U.S. Senator to call Darfur genocide. What about Finegold?
The spelling of her name; she was named after an unknown beekeeper in New Zealand?
In Iraq,civilian deaths have risen." Iraqi civilian deaths were down 52 percent from August and 77 percent from September 2006 ... facts matter?
Ready on day one: to do what? No one better throw her a curve for if it is not planned she's paralyzed. Look at her campaign after she was suprised by Obama.

And Barack Obama's campaign is not based merely on words but on his OWN experience not his spouse's. He is brilliant and well educated, she is merely well educated. He is a great inspirational speaker and a great organizer. She now appears to be neither. What Hillary doesn't understand is the concept of Multi-talented which is odd as she has been married to such a person; didn't she notice? Why must it always be either or?


Posted by: jganymede | February 19, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Reply to RyanMcC1......
Doesn't anything Obama do disturb you? Would you be so unperturbed if it was Hillary who did these things, instead of Obama? I would like to respond to items
#s 1-5.
1 - The snub showed that Obama, unlike Hillary, showed no class nor dignity and is unworthy of holding the high office of President. He acted like a spoiled brat.
2 - Plagiarism is theft. It also makes a person seem smarter than he truly is.Someone who is truly smart, would choose his own words, with his own thoughts, or, if using another's words, give the name of the person he borrowed the words from. Obama has often used words
of others [MLK], his 2004 speech "Audacity of Hope" [Rev. Wright], but he does not usually make note of it.
3 - On the Fairy Tale, Bill was referring to Obama's charges that Hillary's votes on Iraq were wrong decisions. If you looked at his voting record on Iraq, [Project Vote Smart - voting records] you would find that Obama's record was very similar to hers, therefore the remark that Obama's charges were a fairy tale.In fact, he keeps saying that he did not vote for the war in Iraq. He does not say that he could not vote for [or against] it because he did not get to the U.S. senate until 2 years later.
4 - Hillary's crying was not done on purpose. Looking at her, one could see that she was exhausted. I have cried for a lot less. Do you never cry?
5 - Not knowing Obama, I can not remark on this topic.I have not gotten the impression that he is sexist, tho. But then, I did not know that Ted Kennedy was sexist until after he came out to support
Obama and that fact was written of him.

Posted by: afed27 | February 19, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Hillary also didn't write "It Takes a Village." Someone else did, for $120k, and never got attribution. Check Wikipedia.

Proud to support a candidate who has never hired and been aligned with Dick Morris.

It's time for them to go!

Posted by: ajacobs | February 19, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The time and energy that has been spent on this is pitiful. Grow up - get over it and move on. The Clinton's are desperate and will use anything to cause a stir. Please, give us some valuable journalism!

Posted by: claudiam1 | February 19, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Apparently scandals about the integrity of Barack Obama are not all that uncommon. I have been reporting all over the internet since before Obama decided to even run that it can be verified that IL. U.S. Senator Presidential Candidate Barack Obama , IL. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin co-chair Obama 2008 are being complicit in allowing the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to treat me an American U.S. Hispanic citizen who reported incidents of race discrimination in the state of Illinois in an unequal, biased, & discriminatory manner by preventing me the same race discrimination charges non-Hispanics enjoy as a matter of record and then covering up their conduct. Despite there being ample time for each to respond, redress, and stop the above mentioned serious form of discrimination nothing ,to date, has been done to fairly & fully address, redress,and stop this still ongoing serious form of discrimination which has allowed Hormel Foods Corporation, UFCW, and Target Corporation to not be held accountable for race discrimination against me because I happen to be Hispanic. Inaction ,complicity, & deliberate silence on the part of (for instance but not limited to) Obama and Durbin are responsible for my American civil rights continuing to be violated in Illinois as it relates to this serious form of discrimination in their state of Illinois and for nothing being done to fully & fairly redress and stop this still ongoing form of discrimination against an American who happens to be a Hispanic in Illinois. Hispanics who Know are just showing they will not be willing victims of his "Good Judgement". He has this still going on in Illinois as we speak but Barack Obama tells Hispanic/Latinos nothing about it! I repeat this is verifiable, ongoing and Barack Obama should address it but does not and you can guess why. Included is a link to just one example (If you happen to be a Hispanic in Illinois you have no race) this is on IDHR's own website in the public domain.

http://www.state.il.us/dhr/Orders/2006/Oct_06/Zuniga,%20M.htm

Posted by: Chaos45i | February 19, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Backusa, I love your observation...'Who would have believed WORDS would be a political issue?' Indeed.

Well, we gotta remember, Obama is running against the Clintons so you can expect anything, anything at all that will serve them and their nefarious purposes. Including attacking an opponent for using words. Egads!!! What will they think of next (and I don't even wanta go there).

I also love how Hill stood by her man (a la Tammy Wynette) when he was not having sex with a White House intern. Great couple. Just great.

Posted by: jdservices14 | February 19, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

So many people don't seem to understand that the American People want something different. They are so disgusted with the current situation that they want a candidate untouched by "human hands". A candidate ignorant of politics as usual. Lack of experience is a virtue. I am not suggesting that Obama is ignorant or innocent, but compared to the competition, he is a breath of fresh air. Don't worry about the details, he can make us feel like we can do it. It takes the cooperation of a lot of people to make our government work. The job of the President is to persuade and inspire the Congress into making good policy and the cogs in the bureaucracy to put them into effect. The President has "bully pulpit' and the American people to make things happen.

Posted by: hjskaar | February 19, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

noozdude, you should consider the depths you are willing to plumb to excuse away your candidate's behavior and what that says about you, as a person. Is there a little capacity for shame left in there?

Posted by: zukermand | February 19, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The day before Clinton launched her ridiculous and laughable "plagiarism attack", she was standing before a crowd in Texas accusing Obama of being "all hat and no cattle."

Hmmm...sound familiar? Yeah, it should. John Kerrey used the same expression against Bush in the last election. Pathetic Hillary...just pathetic.

http://anyone-but-hillary.blogspot.com

Posted by: noozdude | February 19, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

ajacobs, are you ever uncomfortable with the similarity of your rhetoric to that of Sean Hannity and Dick Morris?

Posted by: zukermand | February 19, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Deval suggested that his friend Barack use these words to fight Hillary's attack. Hillary has not only lifted "fired up, ready to go" but in 2006 lifted lines from hubby's 1993 inaugural.

Bill Clinton was disbarred for perjury. Disbarred for perjury. Disbarred for perjury.

Yes, let's consider the honesty and character of these folks as we vote. Let's. The only futures the Clintons believe in are cattle futures, not yours or mine. Here's a we should all lift: "It's time for them to go." (1992 Convention Tagline)

Posted by: ajacobs | February 19, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Well, next time I write a paper to give to my prof or engage in a public speaking contest and I am found out to be using the words of others, I will tell them I can't be charged with plagiarism because Obama supporters say it is just a ploy from the Clinton camp and no longer means anything when their camp does it. Or maybe I could tell them that now that I have been caught I will go get my friend who I stole from to say after the fact that he said it was okay whether I can prove that or not.
So, next time I get caught committing an act that others suffer dearly for, then I will just say I support Obama and his hope will get me off the hook because all his friends say he can do no evil.

Posted by: justmyvoice | February 19, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

To everyone in an uproar about this plagiarism issue, please click on the attached link. It was an article that appeared in the Boston Globe last April. It directly discusses the two men and how their campaigns would share similar themes. When this story broke last night, much of the media ignored this article and gave this story more life than it ever deserved.
http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/04/16/patrick_obama_campaigns_share_language_of_hope/

Posted by: dtsb | February 19, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Didn't someone use the "All hat and no cattle" expression in the last election? Didn't someone say that about Bush?

Why hasn't anyone questioned Hillary's use of the expression in Texas just this week?

Besides that, I think it's a sign of just how desperate and pathetic Clinton's campaign has become. Seriously..."plagiarism"...that's the best you've got? It's time to hang it up, Hill.

http://anyone-but-hillary.blogspot.com

Posted by: noozdude | February 19, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Gee whiz, Hillary, you get to Wisconsin late because you're diddling around in Texas telling all the Latinos how many hot peppers you eat, then you get your campaign events canceled due to a snowstorm and lose a day.You rip Obama about Rezko and then a picture of you and Bubba and Rezko shows up. You rip Obama for plagiarism and then you get caught using his words and John Edwards line about Blockbuster. Then your campaign finds out suddenly that the arcane rules for the Texas primary are very complicated and could favor Obama. Who's running your campaign? Maybe Brownie? Incidently, John McCain supporters, don't get too cute on this, as I heard Bush in his news conference and the next day McCain was giving the same harangue, almost word for word.

Posted by: majorteddy | February 19, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Hillary's attack on Obama is as immature as it is desperate. I thought she was running a decent campaign up until that point. The voters will have the final say on this "issue". I was on the fence as to which candidate I preferred. With this ridiculous attack on Obama, my choice is now set. Thank you, Hillary, for making it clear whom I should vote for.

Posted by: Ted3 | February 19, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

He is a FRAUD!!!

He used P.M. Manly of Jamaica words too.... This is a the end for this HUSLER

Posted by: ermias.kifle | February 19, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

madinafilms, I presume the baseless charges of racism leveled daily at Sen Clinton are, in your estimation, somehow less toxic and counterproductive.

RickS2, I demand a recount. I think you do us all a disservice by not keeping this award for, and to, yourself.

Posted by: zukermand | February 19, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

I wrote in my blog middleagedsoutherner.blogspot.com last night that Howard Wolfson gets the award for the stupidest thing said so far in 2008 politics. I repeat it here. Howard, you're an idiot! Who would hire you? Oh, yeah. Hillary. Nuff said.

Posted by: RickS2 | February 19, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

really?? is this really what were talking about??? lets just forfeit this race to mccain then! I knew this dems winning business was too good to be true, well really shoot ourselves in the foot if we carry on like this.

Posted by: madinafilms | February 19, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if, given the chance, we will find change we can believe in turns out to be similarly unoriginal in its practice.

Posted by: zukermand | February 19, 2008 10:18 AM | Report abuse

Main Entry: pla·gia·rize
transitive verb
: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source
intransitive verb
: to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source

============================

Mr Patrick's assent is in no way exculpatory. The lack of attribution constitutes plagiarism.

It's not Sen Clinton's fault Sen Obama has relied so heavily upon the originality of his rhetoric.

Posted by: zukermand | February 19, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Peter, where's a quote from Gov. Patrick? He released a statement and told the NY Times that he applauded Obama for saying what he did, and that he suggested it. Without that key detail, you're carrying Clinton's water for her.

Posted by: ericp331 | February 19, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"...the Clinton campaign's claim that he purloined words ...
"The notion that using a line from one of my national campaign co-chairs...is somehow objectionable...
Obama, who said Patrick himself had suggested that he use the lines about the power of words..."

The first characterization of the charge is Mr Slevin's. He manages to complete the post without ever accurately identifying the issue as lack of attribution.

I understand and expect Sen Obama's mischaracterization, he's a politician.

What's Mr Slevin's excuse?

Posted by: zukermand | February 19, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

"And "Change" was Bill Clinton's campaign theme in 1992."

"Hope" was in Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign as well. I know Obama got it from "Audacity of Hope", but the first time I saw the campaign signs I thought they were for Clinton. Obama has other issues besides just plagarism. Michelle Obama's comments raise questions ("This is the first time in my life that I am proud of my country"?). The Excelon deal raises questions. The "present" votes on tough issues raises questions. The slumlord ties. All of these things point to a candidate who is not quite what he seems. If you are going to set yourself up as being someone who is morally better than your opponent (from what I gather, that is the main reason to vote for him), then you shouldn't be shocked when you are held to a higher standard.

Posted by: hdimig | February 19, 2008 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Aw C'mon! Obama was just using the argument that Deval Patrick came up with 2 years ago. It is not as if he said "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat," and did not give W. Churchill his due. The "mere words" argument was one I was thinking about before Obama made the speech, and the point is a good one - words can motivate people. Linclon and Roosevelt, who gave a few good speeches, knew this, and used it well.

Posted by: joewmaine | February 19, 2008 8:40 AM | Report abuse

The Clinton campaign is getting more desperate by the minute. The latest is that they will attempt to steal some of Obama's already ELECTED delegates. Apparently there is some loop hole in the rules that allows shady back room arm-twisting vote nabbing if a particular candidate is willing to sink that low to do it. If she does that there will be h*ll at the convention.

Posted by: zbob99 | February 19, 2008 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Thursday, February 14, 2008. Issue 3842. Page 3.

Tatar Media Abuzz Over Obama Catchphrase

By Alexander Osipovich
Staff Writer


They seem like an unlikely couple. One is a rising star of the U.S. Democratic Party, and the other is a former Soviet official who has ruled his republic of Russia since 1991.

But U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama and Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev have something in common.

In an apparent coincidence that has Tatar media outlets abuzz, the Obama slogan "Yes, We Can!" has the same meaning as Shaimiyev's favorite catchphrase, which in Tatar is "Bez Buldyrabyz!"

The two slogans are "identical," Karim Kamal, a journalist for the Tatar-language service of Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, said by telephone.

"I'm sure they don't know each other," Kamal added with a laugh.

Tatar media noticed the coincidence after seeing the "Yes, We Can" music video made by supporters of the U.S. Democratic senator from Illinois, Kamal said. The video has gotten more than 3 million views on YouTube since being posted earlier this month.

The Internet portal E-Kazan.ru alleged that Obama had borrowed Shaimiyev's slogan and boasted about the prowess of Tatar political campaigning.

"Obama's borrowing of our slogan proves once again that we are fully in step with the times, and on some issues we are even ahead of the Americans," the web site wrote. "Our PR tactics are up-to-date, competitive and are even 'rented' by leading politicians."

http://www.moscowtimes.ru/stories/2008/02/14/012.html

Posted by: autowx | February 19, 2008 7:15 AM | Report abuse


Michelle Obama: "For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I'm Really Proud of My Country"

I am stunned at the LACK of coverage by the main stream media. There is a conspiracy to cover it up. Someone has silenced boston.com and made them remove the discussion. SHAME on the media.

Maybe readers need to remind the WISCONSIN readers using their local blogs and newspapers what type of first lady they may be voting for....

Shame on Obama supporters for not expressing their feelings

Posted by: vs_sv | February 19, 2008 6:39 AM | Report abuse

She's sounding petty again...Plagiarism? But it's okay for her to take accomplishments from Bill's presidency and claim them as her own...hmmm. Whaaa...he speak better than me; his oratory skills are better than mine. She's p!ssing on people and telling them its raining.

Posted by: emeraldfalcon | February 19, 2008 5:41 AM | Report abuse

Folks who are pushing this plagiarism thing are missing the point completely: Barack uses OUR voices on the campaign trail, constantly incorporating riffs and phrases that communicate his theme of change coming from the bottom up. He borrowed "fired up and ready to go" from the sweet lady in South Carolina, "we are the ones we've been waiting for" from Maria Shriver, and I'm sure there are countless others.

This guy doesn't believe every single good idea has to originate inside his own skull to be relevant. He had absolutely no input into the "yes we can" video, yet there it on his website. He doesn't micromanage, He INSPIRES. And he doesn't exclude, he INCLUDES. Other's voices, other's ideas, and yes, other's words. He has core principles that guide him, but he's willing to listen. And he knows effective ideas and thoughts when he hears them.

When I heard the 2004 DNC speech I jumped up and yelled "YES", because he was ECHOING what I felt. It wasn't a new idea at all, in fact it was as old as the founding of our country. But to hear someone else say what I was thinking made me cry.

And I expect Barack Obama to govern the same way. Incorporating good ideas from all over into his policies. All good ideas don't have to originate from inside his head to be relevant, nor do they have to originate from our side of the aisle. That is the very heart of why this campaign is different.

Posted by: ladyvet | February 19, 2008 5:24 AM | Report abuse

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right about America," Mrs Clinton, in a speech to a Hispanic group this week.

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America,", Bill Clinton - 20 January 1993.

Posted by: JayKay2 | February 19, 2008 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Hillary isn't running on a new theme stolen from Obama. You must be dreaming. She doesn't need anything from him. Hillary is running on the issues: universal healthcare, a good economy, Green Collar Jobs, good schools, experience, competence etc.

Obama took Hillary's Green Collar jobs idea, and part of her economic plan. And I bet soon he will pretend that he favors universal healthcare. He knows the media will defend him no matter what he says, even if it's fake.

And "Change" was Bill Clinton's campaign theme in 1992.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._presidential_election,_1992

"For his part, Bill Clinton organized his campaign around another of the oldest and most powerful themes in electoral politics: change. As a youth, Clinton had once met President John F. Kennedy, and in his own campaign 30 years later, much of his rhetoric challenging Americans to accept change consciously echoed that of Kennedy in his 1960 campaign."

http://video.aol.com/video/researchlearn-bill-clinton-the-man-from-hope/1139191

Bill also used the theme of hope. Bill was born in Hope, Arkansas, and in his campaign he was called "The Man from Hope."


Obama is copying Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | February 19, 2008 4:46 AM | Report abuse

Saying that Obama is running a campaign based only on words is the worst kind of condescension. What exactly is Hillary running on? We still don't know. Every day she has a new theme -- usually stolen from Obama. She has no core value, no vision. She only wants to be president to be someone, not to do something.

Posted by: mcgish | February 19, 2008 4:27 AM | Report abuse

This is pathetic. From the sublime to the very ridiculous. Hilly has started to lint-pick anything she can, but this is so stupid. Many times I write something and before I can hit submit, someone has already posted exactly what I wrote! It could be all of a minute between the time of the posts, but because my post came after, it looks as if I have copied the other post! Words can't even be patented or copyrighted unless they are unique to the person or invented. (something like that).
Obama never said he invented post-it notes. He didn't say he invented the Internet. Hilly has changed her solgan as many times as those ugly pantsuits. The Clintons are losing it. Childish Hall Monitor type campaigning. Words matter? This from a finger-wiggling "I did not have sexual relations with that woman..." billy. This is so petty. Some of Bill Cosby's childhood friends sued him for using words they said were their's in Fat Albert. Long story short, they lost. Bell didn't, solely, invent the telephone; he just beat the other guy to the patent office. I find myself using words my mom used to say; words that I hated hearing her say, but somehow as an adult they have become my own. It is weird. This stunt by Hilly to try to cut Obama where he has his strength ( the ability to effectively communicate ), has made her look like a fool. Especially, when she tries to imitate Obama and uses his words. Who wrote her words? She read from a card to slam Obama's words! This says this woman is on her last leg. Who would have believed WORDS would be a political issue. Desperate and overreaching. Anything to cover up Billy's acting like a clown instead of a dignified ex-president.
Hamlet...words, words, words. Obama was repeating words; he was not taking credit for a body of work. What about preachers and Bible Thumpers? Historians? Sports Figures? Why were the tv shows off-air because of the writer's strike? Why do people use PR firms? or Presidents use Speechwriters? Because the RIGHT words matter! The people around Obama tell him how to fire back at what The Clintons say. They throw things for him to say because they keep up with the dirty Clintons. He responded with words already "heard" before. Ohio is coming up and we are more pumped up, now, than ever!
Obama will not be Politically Crucified for the most sophomoric feat, yet, by Hilly. Her tactics are growing weak. Before every Primary, She pulls a "DISTRACTER" Fake tears, pull the mother card get a man suspended, fake a win, now this. She proves the petty things women resort to; not a person big enough to lead a Country. She needed the free publicity in the newspaper and on tv so those not smarter than fifth grader could be misled.
WORDS...it is laughable to see Hilly being so pathetic.

Posted by: backusa | February 19, 2008 3:57 AM | Report abuse

The problem is.........

After this revelation, evertime I hear his speeches they will seem more like a joke on us.

All he had was speeches and now they are just shallow words borrowed from the last guy.

Whatever.....

Posted by: hhkeller | February 19, 2008 2:33 AM | Report abuse

great article here. Thanks for telling the truth that the obama supporters don't want to hear. If they think that this is a cheap shot then have a look at Obama's comment that stated that he did use his fellow friends exact words from 2006. Can it be that they are same guy, or wait, they share the same strategist who uses the same lines and approach that worked for Governor Deval. Wow, and pundits say this is no big deal. That is sad, I thought that Obama was a fresh take on politics. What happened to his original wave. The messiah has no clothes.
hillary for president!!!

Posted by: ocean73_2000 | February 19, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

People have had enough of Bush, and thought anything in the exact opposite of Bush is what they are looking for--that is how we got Obama. The problem is, what do we know about Obama, the beneficiary of black racism from Chicago, and his links to some real estate tycoons with middle eastern country ties.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 19, 2008 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Whoops. I messed up my editing. What i meant to type is....

In New Hampshire, Hillary defended her earnest speaking style by saying, in an indirect reference to Mr. Obama, "you campaign in poetry, you govern in prose."

SHE plagiarized.

That particular political maxim was first uttered in a 1985 speech at Yale University-- by Mr. Cuomo.

Posted by: julieds | February 19, 2008 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Mrs. Clinton made some of the same arguments Sunday IHampshire when Hillary defended her earnest speaking style by saying, in an indirect reference to Mr. Obama, "you campaign in poetry, you govern in prose."

SHE plagiarized.

That particular political maxim was first uttered in a 1985 speech at Yale University-- by Mr. Cuomo.

Posted by: julieds | February 19, 2008 12:47 AM | Report abuse

Inspirational? Don't be naive. Obama's speech is without substance, except being a copy cater.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 19, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Word of caution on Obama from a source that is as objective as possible (since they don't even live in the US!):

http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=10689547

Posted by: kemurph | February 19, 2008 12:25 AM | Report abuse

I think this issue is very important becaus he's running his campaign on his words, not on the issues.

Obama's campaign manager David Axelrod is the same one Deval used when he ran for Governor. So this isn't a case of two friends sharing some lines. It's a case of the campaign manager using the same manufactured speech for different clients.

If all Obama has are words, and the words aren't even his own, then what does he have?

And what does it say about our culture when we don't value hard work, ideas or even originality? We're getting to the point where we fall for anything that isn't real.

Posted by: sunnyday1 | February 19, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Obama as the leader of the most powerful country in the Western world ? It must be a joke. He began his political career as the beneficiary of black racism, and a complete rookie in national policy making except for knowing how to attack others for some things he never had a chance to vote one way or another, like the war. Easy for him to bragg.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 19, 2008 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Talk (about CHANGE) is cheap, We need substance. People who are greedy for money and power usually are good speakers, like Reagan, who managed to fool the entire nation into believing that he had done a lot, while he was the laziest president ever. Reagan and his wife had literately turned the WH into a circus Hollywood style, with them being the clown and actors for 8 years. Many woman, children, and minority people are still suffering financially today because of Reagan.

Posted by: sunrise41510 | February 19, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Between 1995 and 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton published a column for Creators Syndicate called "Talking It Over." In her Dec. 30, 1995, column (which interestingly enough is not linked anywhere on her introductory page but is available at this URL: http://www.creators.com/opinion/hillary-clinton/talking-it-over-1995-12-30.html) Hillary laundry listed her New Years' resolutions for 1996.

"Like most people, I've made my share of New Year's resolutions. How many times in the past have I promised to do a better job of staying in touch with old friends, finishing my Christmas shopping before Dec. 24 and laying off the chips and cookies? More times than I care to remember. But that isn't stopping me from making faithful pledges again this year. Herewith, my resolutions for 1996 ...

"I will try to learn the difference between a hard drive and a floppy disk. "Having written a 320-page book in longhand over the last six months, I'm ready to join the ranks of the computer-competent."

The book to which she refers is her 1996 best-seller, "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child" with her authorship reinforced on her Senate web page (http://clinton.senate.gov/about/biography/index.cfm).

In December 2007, "Intellectual Conservative" web site wrote: "Since the book was first published in 1996, though, Hillary has repeatedly insisted she wrote the book herself ... Clinton has steadfastly refused to credit the actual writer, Barbara Feinman Todd. And this refusal to admit that small truth is odd since even the New York Times contradicts her claims.

On April 22nd, 1995, as the book was in the planning stages, the Times reported that it was Feinman who was to do the heavy lifting for the project. In their '95 piece the Times stated, 'The book will actually be written by Barbara Feinman, a journalism professor at Georgetown University in Washington. Ms. Feinman will conduct a series of interviews with Mrs. Clinton, who will help edit the resulting text.' (http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/12/17/it-takes-a-village-to-write-a-book/).

Posted by: mksbiz | February 19, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Between 1995 and 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton published a column for Creators Syndicate called "Talking It Over." In her Dec. 30, 1995, column (which interestingly enough is not linked anywhere on her introductory page but is available at this URL: http://www.creators.com/opinion/hillary-clinton/talking-it-over-1995-12-30.html) Hillary laundry listed her New Years' resolutions for 1996.

"Like most people, I've made my share of New Year's resolutions. How many times in the past have I promised to do a better job of staying in touch with old friends, finishing my Christmas shopping before Dec. 24 and laying off the chips and cookies? More times than I care to remember. But that isn't stopping me from making faithful pledges again this year. Herewith, my resolutions for 1996 ...

"I will try to learn the difference between a hard drive and a floppy disk. "Having written a 320-page book in longhand over the last six months, I'm ready to join the ranks of the computer-competent."

The book to which she refers is her 1996 best-seller, "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child" with her authorship reinforced on her Senate web page (http://clinton.senate.gov/about/biography/index.cfm).

In December 2007, "Intellectual Conservative" web site wrote: "Since the book was first published in 1996, though, Hillary has repeatedly insisted she wrote the book herself ... Clinton has steadfastly refused to credit the actual writer, Barbara Feinman Todd. And this refusal to admit that small truth is odd since even the New York Times contradicts her claims.

On April 22nd, 1995, as the book was in the planning stages, the Times reported that it was Feinman who was to do the heavy lifting for the project. In their '95 piece the Times stated, 'The book will actually be written by Barbara Feinman, a journalism professor at Georgetown University in Washington. Ms. Feinman will conduct a series of interviews with Mrs. Clinton, who will help edit the resulting text.' (http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/12/17/it-takes-a-village-to-write-a-book/).

Posted by: mksbiz | February 19, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Between 1995 and 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton published a column for Creators Syndicate called "Talking It Over." In her Dec. 30, 1995, column (which interestingly enough is not linked anywhere on her introductory page but is available at this URL: http://www.creators.com/opinion/hillary-clinton/talking-it-over-1995-12-30.html) Hillary laundry listed her New Years' resolutions for 1996.

"Like most people, I've made my share of New Year's resolutions. How many times in the past have I promised to do a better job of staying in touch with old friends, finishing my Christmas shopping before Dec. 24 and laying off the chips and cookies? More times than I care to remember. But that isn't stopping me from making faithful pledges again this year. Herewith, my resolutions for 1996 ...

"I will try to learn the difference between a hard drive and a floppy disk. "Having written a 320-page book in longhand over the last six months, I'm ready to join the ranks of the computer-competent."

The book to which she refers is her 1996 best-seller, "It Takes A Village To Raise A Child" with her authorship reinforced on her Senate web page (http://clinton.senate.gov/about/biography/index.cfm).

In December 2007, "Intellectual Conservative" web site wrote: "Since the book was first published in 1996, though, Hillary has repeatedly insisted she wrote the book herself ... Clinton has steadfastly refused to credit the actual writer, Barbara Feinman Todd. And this refusal to admit that small truth is odd since even the New York Times contradicts her claims. On April 22nd, 1995, as the book was in the planning stages, the Times reported that it was Feinman who was to do the heavy lifting for the project. In their '95 piece the Times stated, 'The book will actually be written by Barbara Feinman, a journalism professor at Georgetown University in Washington. Ms. Feinman will conduct a series of interviews with Mrs. Clinton, who will help edit the resulting text.' (http://www.intellectualconservative.com/2007/12/17/it-takes-a-village-to-write-a-book/).

Posted by: mksbiz | February 19, 2008 12:07 AM | Report abuse

"I see an America ..."

Hillary Clinton's stump speech or Jimmy Carter in 1976?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-cesca/the-wolfson-plagiarism-at_b_87209.html

Posted by: mhonley | February 19, 2008 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on. This is not plagiarism. The two work on campaigns together. It's been acknowledged from almost a year ago!

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2007/04/16/patrick_obama_campaigns_share_language_of_hope/?page=1

Posted by: jonsegal | February 18, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's getting increasingly desperate. It's sad really. Her campaign is going down in flames, and all she can think to do is demean the soon-to-be nominee.

Obama took about 30 seconds of his Saturday night speech from Gov. Patrick at Gov. Patrick's urging. That hardly constitutes plagiarism. Obama used the same line from Gov. Patrick in a speech about six months ago, again with the governor's permission. What Hillary won't tell you is that Gov. Deval used the same line after being the victim of Rovean Republican attacks. Glad to she that Hillary has stooped so low.

Posted by: BarackTheVote | February 18, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

Wow. if this is the Hill's Best Shot... cue the Pat Benetar now. Remember the oldies is about to end. Goodnight, Clintons.

Posted by: RedSoxJK | February 18, 2008 11:57 PM | Report abuse

The sad truth is that both Hillary and Barack are relatively, inexperienced candidates on the national scene. Barack and Mrs. Obama both need a little more seasoning, and Hillary just does not inspire leadership and never will. However, she serves very well the People of New York State as their U.S. Senator, and I voted for her in the Super Tuesday Illinois Primary. The guttersniping occuring amongst fellow Democrats is great sport for the time being, but some of our less veteran political observers may not know when to end it. For you who are serious about Democratic Politics, come fall, the people in the fox hole with you shall be some of the same, who you are now taunting and insulting.

As far as you independents are concerned, I would remind you of the words of the Texas Populist, Jim Hightower, who said, "There is nothing in the middle of the road except yellow stripes and dead armadillos."

Therefore, all you independents, flapping in the political winds on Barack's coattails, let us hope, one way or another, that you shall soon be baptized by political fervor and desire into the ranks of the Democrats! Cheers, baby!

Posted by: zeebs | February 18, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

So, Wapo, I see this is filed from Rockford. How do you like our weather here? A bit chilly, huh?
As for this whole thing, I understand that Clinton is trying to salavage her campaign which seems to be running into the ground. But, this is just sad.
To go after Obama on fake charges that are serious in nature is just so 90s.
Is this what it is coming to for the next few weeks. Clinton acting like a fool everyday with false charges instead of trying to repair her campaign and try to run it?

Posted by: vwcat | February 18, 2008 11:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm an independent. Never voted for a Republican President. Only voted for one Democrat President in my life. Carter. I thought he did fine considering the times. America rejected a good man. Years later, like now, I figured I had enough of BushCo and was going to hold my nose and vote for Edwards. He didn't make it. So I think McCain, but he's not the man I admired in 2000. So Obama got my interest. I like the idealism he inspires. For sure I don't like the Clintons. Now with all this inane bickering, it becomes obvious why I am an Independent. Democrats and Republicans suck. We need to rise above folks. This is unbelievable.

Posted by: byronv | February 18, 2008 11:43 PM | Report abuse

FOLKS - THERE IS NO PLAGARISM IN POLITICS! Their running for President not writing a PhD thesis - please stop the nonsense.

Posted by: agkhalil | February 18, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

To think I started this campaign cycle sending money to Hillary Clinton...and now six months later I wouldn't vote for her if hell froze over. Going negative is always an act of desperation and this accusation is so weak I cant stand it. How is it plagiarism when you use a line one of your advisors came up with? Are you trying to tell me Hillary Clinton writes all her own speeches? Cut me a break.

I used to be a support but no more. I am DONE with Billary and their slimy ways.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | February 18, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Patrick have the same political advisor. Is it so hard to believe that when attacked similarly they react similarly? Let's remember he may not have even had to utter these words had McCain and "McClinton" not started belittling him based on the fact that he can back up his ideas with powerful oratory skills. McClain and Clinton have had years to gain the kind of support Senator Obama is benefitting from. If either of them had one tenth of his appeal both races would have been over on or before Super Tuesday.

And please, Hillary has borrowed from every Obama speech since Iowa. When he says change, she says change. He calls his campaign a movement, suddenly her campaign is a movement.

She knows talking about herself isn't enough to win, so she's trying every trick in the book to bring him down. And you'll noticed most of the negative barbs come from Howard Wolfson or Bill? C'Mon Hillary if you're going to be cliche enough to hold up the boxing gloves, you should fight your own fight.

Posted by: bjensen | February 18, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Plagiarism is he unauthorized use of someone else's ideas or words. Gov. Patrick not only authorized Obama to use his words but he suggested that he used them. Besides, political speeches are part of the free exchange of ideas. Politicians often borrow from one another, use each others catch phrases, they modify and build off them. There is no copy-right attached to this process. If they were to credit the sources every time they make a speech, they'd have to pass a flier with a bibliographical list to the audience.

This accusation is an attempt by Clinton to derail this campaign into a mudslinging fest. Just like her ceaseless whining about the non-issue of Obama's refusal to debate her in Wisconsin, a state where she wasn't even campaigning in until two days ago. She must be thinking everyone is stupid or somehow forgot the other important issues we are supposed to care about: the economy, the war in Iraq, health care etc etc. She is mudding this campaign and reminds people again why they stayed away from politics in the first place. There are other more important issues to discuss but apparently she doesn't have the ability to discuss them like an adult. And I can't believe the media is dedicating so much time to this story. Grow up!

Posted by: stoian_b2000 | February 18, 2008 11:23 PM | Report abuse

It isn't a few isolated words it is the whole campaign. Messiah BARACK!! COME TO BARACK AUDACITY OF HOPE BY JAMES WRIGHT! What the heck! I know the top notch reporters of the Washing Post are too busy digging up bullets for Hillary to sniff a little in the CHOSEN ONES past. I know he is the child of a virgin! COME TO OBAMA!!! The neighborhood organizer thinks he is ready for the reins of the most powerful nation in the free world. WHY! What has he done to deserve such power! I got it! It was the fact he didn't become addicted to the "BLOW" he was doing, therefore he must be the MESSIAH and worthy. I THINK NOT!

Posted by: ricksramblings | February 18, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

What a joke! I love politics but I sure hate this. Clinton has alot more to worry about. Solutions, not hope. 8 point plan 13 point plan and oh ya, na na na he's cheating he's not using his own words. What a bunch of 8 year olds.. Stick to the dragnet of politics, just the facts ma'am, just the facts, and let the best man win... no pun intened..

Posted by: zarlinga | February 18, 2008 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Should we be astonished that a seasoned politician would raise so jejune an objection or worried that the electorate, not even understanding the plagiarism concept, will buy into the absurdity?

Posted by: srdiamond | February 18, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Hillary Clinton has shown she's ready to put herself before her party. Her campaign is at this point one giant insult to the intelligence of the American people. I understand why we look past all the scandals from the Clinton years, and Hillary's controversial roles in them, but are we really supposed to forget the recent race-baiting, the surrogate attacks and code-words, Bill Clinton's un-presidential behavior, the repeated tears that show up only on the eve of an election and only when talking about herself (rather than hearing the plight of someone in need)?

And now, as she attacks what is thus far a majority of democrats as belonging to a "cult" and accuses Obama of plagiarizing the declaration of independence (sorry Hillary, its not for sale. it belongs to all of us)... Are the Dems really going to reward this kind of leadership.

i sure hope not. for all our sakes.

Posted by: maq1 | February 18, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's the Repubs' only hope. As Gertrude Stein said, "There's no THERE there."

Genuine about Hillary are her opaqueness and deviousness.

Both are sharp and substantive. But Obama's got vision and heart. Strength and ethics go together: he's got 'em; she doesn't.

I'd love to have a beer with Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, JFK, or Barack. Who would want to have a beer with Hillary??

Hire him not her; she loses to McCain in November.

Posted by: steveforester | February 18, 2008 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton should be careful about pointing fingers at anyone over borrowing key words. Even her name is plagiarized! Little known fact: Senator Clinton's name actually comes from a former president. You remember the one? William Jefferson Clinton? Yeah. She took his name! Case closed.

Posted by: jonathan.hutson | February 18, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

The Clinton cult is desperate. Hillary plagiarized directly from Obama when she ripped off "Fired up and ready to go." I think she owes Obama an apology.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rweVOO-fhug

Posted by: Gleiblein | February 18, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked at the main stream media (including Washington Post, NY Times, CNN, MSNBC and including FOX news being quiet on this story about Michelle Obama. THis is important for the Obama maniacs to hear and for the Wisconsin voters

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/02/michelle-obam-1.html

Posted by: vs_sv | February 18, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Bhatttt: A true read of Obama's experience reveals a depth and breadth well beyond that of those "seasoned politicians" you describe.
And the "powerful persona" you cite is just what he'll need to overcome the entrenched status quo.
Perhaps the events you describe are in fact providential?

Posted by: thrapp | February 18, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Deval Patrick himself is obviously the best judge of whether his lines were stolen or shared gladly with a friend.

If this is the best dirt the Clintons can come up with, Obama must really be squeaky clean.

Posted by: DoTheMath | February 18, 2008 10:36 PM | Report abuse

From an interesting article at TownHall:

By now it's a familiar tale: On July 27, 2004, Barack Obama strode to the podium at the Democratic National Convention and captivated the nation with a soaring and memorable keynote address entitled "The Audacity of Hope." The speech marked America's first encounter with a rising political star. By the time Obama took the stage in Boston, he was already a shoo-in to become the next United States Senator from Illinois; he enjoyed a massive lead in the polls back home, where the state Republican Party was in total disarray and his carpet-bagging opponent seemed to specialize in alienating voters. Since that summer night more than three years ago, Obama has rocketed into the political stratosphere and now faces the possibility--if not the probability--of becoming his party's standard-bearer in the 2008 election.

Several questions still linger. How did Barack Obama rise from relative obscurity to his current level of prominence? How many Americans have heard of Alice Palmer, Blair Hull, or Jack Ryan? These names may hold no significance to the legions who now chant "yes we can," but they are names that Barack Obama should remember well. The mainstream press, which affords Obama nearly unanimous glowing coverage, has repeatedly failed to report a reality that doesn't quite fit the Obama-as-Messiah narrative. Namely, that this self-stylized agent of hope and change is a political opportunist extraordinaire. Barack Obama's dizzying ascendancy to political celebrity has been marked by less-than-inspirational bare-knuckle politics, an unremarkable legislative career, and a slew of lurid scandals that conveniently sunk formidable opponents.


Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., makes remarks during a tour of the UAW Plant in Janesville, Wis. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Obama's first big break came in 1995 when Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds resigned from office amid allegations of a sexual relationship with an underage girl. As state officials convened a special election, a venerable Chicago politician and civil rights leader named Alice Palmer chose to vacate her State Senate seat to pursue the open Congressional slot. After she was defeated handily, Palmer returned to run for re-election, only to discover that her hand picked successor was unwilling to relinquish his spot on the ballot. Though a series of legal challenges, Barack Obama strong-armed Palmer--and several other Democratic challengers--off the ballot, clearing a path to victory by destroying all potential competition.

During his unexceptional tenure in Springfield, Obama managed to rack up 129 "present" votes, including numerous noncommittal tallies on controversial issues such as abortion and gun rights. He also developed a curious, albeit rare, pattern of registering incorrect votes--including an accidental "no" vote on a hotly contested child welfare bill. When confronted with his mistaken vote, Obama asserted that he was "unaware" that he had voted the way he had, and asked that the record reflect that he had "intended" to vote the other way. Similar cases of supposed vote-casting confusion afflicted Obama on five additional occasions.

As the 2004 general election approached, Obama began to eye greener pastures. He decided to run for US Senate, positioning himself as an antiwar candidate. His longshot effort attracted throngs of college students, yet Obama gained little traction against the party's frontrunner, millionaire Blair Hull. But a bombshell scandal resurrected Obama's prospects. In amazingly short order, Hull experienced what the Chicago Tribune described as "the most inglorious campaign implosion in Illinois political history." Late in the primary race, unsealed divorce papers revealed allegations that Hull had verbally and physically abused his ex-wife. The Hull campaign tanked, and Team Obama celebrated. The nomination was theirs.

Illinois political observers then turned their attention to what promised to be a fiercely competitive general election race between Obama and GOP frontrunner Jack Ryan, a well-funded, charismatic businessman. Once again, however, scandal lurked in sealed divorce papers. Over the objections of both Ryan and his ex-wife--actress Jeri Ryan--the damning documents were made public, and the resulting headlines were salacious: Ryan had allegedly pressured his wife to visit sex clubs. Like Reynolds and Hull before him, Ryan dropped out of public life in disgrace, with Obama happily playing the role of beneficiary.

With Jack Ryan out of the picture, a desperate Republican Party trotted out a polarizing non-Illinoisan to face Obama in the fall. Alan Keyes' disastrous Senate campaign is perhaps best remembered for Keyes' spate of vicious, counterproductive attacks launched against Obama, including the assertion that Jesus Christ himself would have voted against Obama. The rout was on.

DNC organizers, anticipating Obama's assured victory and recognizing his potential widespread appeal, wisely offered him a coveted primetime speaking slot during the summer convention. Although the Beantown gathering was designed to be a political infomercial for the ill-fated Kerry/Edwards ticket, Obama stole the show with a speech that inspired millions and, more-importantly, transformed him into an instant media darling. Obama had seized his moment and smashed a rhetorical homerun. Less than half a Senate term later, he announced his Presidential bid.

Now only two figures impede Obama's path to the presidency. Unless Hillary Clinton can revitalize her sputtering campaign, or John McCain can defy the political odds and prevail in a tough electoral climate for Republicans, Barack Obama will become our next Commander-In-Chief. Unlike most seasoned politicians, who earn presidential nominations through many years of legislative, executive, or military accomplishments, Obama has exploited his rock-star status to skip to the front of the line. With many of his supporters apparently distracted by his powerful persona and vague, uplifting message, few people seem to notice, or care, that Obama's qualifications to be president are more than a bit thin. Americans would be well-served to shake themselves from the "change" trance long enough to examine Senator Obama's relatively meager record.

Posted by: bhatttt | February 18, 2008 10:34 PM | Report abuse

"But you know in the end, don't vote your fears. I'm stealing this line from my buddy (Massachusetts Gov.) Deval Patrick who stole a whole bunch of lines from me when he ran for the governorship, but it's the right one, don't vote your fears, vote your aspirations. Vote what you believe."

Barack Obama, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 21, 2007

Posted by: xango | February 18, 2008 10:30 PM | Report abuse

For the last two weeks, all she has been harping on is BO's speaking skills. She comes across as jealous, petty, whining, and entirely non-presidential. Hillary, just stop. Get back to the issues.

Posted by: DemoDevil | February 18, 2008 10:29 PM | Report abuse

The way Obama rants on and on about Hillary he is starting to sound like that Penelope character on Saturday Night Live, I do everything better, I did that before you did, I already said that, I invented that before you did. What's next? is Obama going to tell Al Gore he invented the Internet first and so he already did that too and it was better?

Hillary All the Way

Posted by: Hillary08 | February 18, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Joe Biden have to drop out of a previous race for the Presidency when he used a part of someone else's speech without attribution? Why is that it appears that no matter what happens Obama's supporters always excuse him for anything and everything. If my highschool friend allowed me to copy his essay because we were buddies then would my teacher excuse me from plagiarism when he recognized it as my friend's? I think not!
I also wasn't too happy to hear Mrs. Obama talk about that with all this hope of change that this is the first time in her adult life she has been really proud of the United States. My, these two certainly are bringing change but whether it is the kind people want is another matter.

Posted by: justmyvoice | February 18, 2008 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Good response by Obama. One or two news progams are attacking him for it a bit (heh, FOX of course), but most MSM outlets have found numerous instances where Hillary lifted and are playing those too, concluding that the flap was much ado about nothing.

RyanMcC1, that's a great list you've got there. Some of these stories, either way, make me want to stab myself in the eyeball.

Posted by: Nissl | February 18, 2008 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Puhleeze, that's your best shot Hillary?

Posted by: harmer732 | February 18, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Deval is the one who suggested Obama use the phrases!

According to Clinton's logic, SHE PLAGIARIZES every time she uses a speech from her speechwriter!

Posted by: julieds | February 18, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I knew he was bullshiit al long time ago when Obama voted for more war funding after givng speeches suggesting otherwise.

Politicians will play you to self serve their ego.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vACOtmwckGc&NR=1

Posted by: hhkeller | February 18, 2008 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Y A W N !!!

If this is the only thing that Hillary can come up with....I mean, after SHE votes for the war in Iraq!! ...After her vote put this country in a war that has killed more than 4,000 soldiers....AND then she votes to allow Bush to attack Iran....and Hillary is talking about words in Obama's speech...as if THAT was important: man, it's pathetic!

Posted by: kevinlarmee | February 18, 2008 9:58 PM | Report abuse

According to Barack, words matter ... that is ... except when they're borrowed from someone else.

Posted by: PhilTR | February 18, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a man of words. Just not his own.

Remember that next time he's at the podium.

Posted by: camasca | February 18, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

When Deval Patrick said those words, I didn't hear him. When Obama said it I listened. I'm voting for Obama. I have lost all respect for Clinton.

Posted by: yaroll3 | February 18, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Better to use someone else's words, than to transparently be just a sock puppet standing in for a former President who is banned by the US Constitution from technically running again himself.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | February 18, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Destroy INSPIRATION & HOPE... Create DESPERATION & DESPAIR

What kind of theme is that?

Posted by: jameswhanger | February 18, 2008 9:46 PM | Report abuse

The entire campaign treats voters as if they are stupid. They don't recognize that people are more savvy about this stuff today. Although, as an Obama supporter, I like it, because every time they pull something like this, it just increases the odds that Obama will win.

Posted by: jameswhanger | February 18, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Grrrr. Hillary is an awful candidate. Does she really expect us to believe that Obama is not genuine? Silly.

Instead, she should argue that Obama showed a lapse in judgement. That is true. It as a bad decision. But she won't. I have been very disappointed at how weak Hillary's arguments have been.

Posted by: ChrisStewart | February 18, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Niksiz,
I'm wide awake and can guarantee I've researched the candidates' positions more than you have. And I'm voting for Obama. But thanks for the condescension.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | February 18, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Yeah - um - really, not one of her better accusations - although are any of her accusations, in the end, worth anything?

Posted by: JayKay2 | February 18, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Plagiarism is a serious issue - but the immature Obamanics will probably look the other way. This just further proves that Obama is a PHONY!

WAKE UP, AMERICA! This isn't American Idol - it's an election for President of the USA!

Posted by: niksiz | February 18, 2008 9:33 PM | Report abuse

Dumbest political "stories" so far this year:
1) "The Snub" -- Made me want to hang myself that people cared about it.
2) Plagiarism! -- You're borderline retarded if you think this important.
3) "Fairy Tale" = racism. Bill Clinton distorted Obama's Iraq record in a slimy way, but he wasn't being racist.
4) Hillary crying. She teared up. So what? She's human. It didn't say a thing about her capacity to lead.
5) Obama the Sexist. C'mon. Raised by a powerful woman, has two daughters and a strong wife. He's no sexist.

Posted by: RyanMcC1 | February 18, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

'i could just cry.' hilly

adios,
Harvey

Posted by: gunvor_steele | February 18, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

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