Did Obama take a page out of Gingrich's book?
Has President Obama been studying Newt Gingrich?
According to The White House, the theme of this year’s State of the Union address was “Winning the Future.”
"We need to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world,” Obama told the nation. “We have to make America the best place on Earth to do business. We need to take responsibility for our deficit and reform our government. That's how our people will prosper. That's how we'll win the future."
But before Obama made the phrase the focus of his speech last night, Gingrich had made it the title of one of his books.
“Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America” was published in 2005 by Regnery. The hardcover edition sold approximately 70,000 copies.
Michael Steele, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee, has used the phrase in recent years, as well.
"The era of Republican navel gazing is over,” he told a gathering of party officials in May 2009. “We have turned the corner on regret, recrimination, self-pity and self-doubt. Now is the hour to focus all of our energies on winning the future."
| January 26, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
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