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More Obama Plagiarisms Found

Obama has been caught again:

(CNN) - A day after Sen. Barack Obama admitted to borrowing language from a speech by ally Deval Patrick, a second instance of Obama lifting language from a past speech by the Massachusetts governor has been identified.

"But you see, I am not asking anyone to take a chance on me. I am asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations," Obama is quoted as saying in a November 6, 2007 USA Today article.

A little more than a month later, ABC News reported that he used the same line at a Portsmouth, New Hampshire campaign event, crediting Deval Patrick as the author: "But you know in the end, don't vote your fears," Obama was quoted as saying. "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."

Obama's plagiarism in his quote for the 11/6/2007 USA TODAY article is revealed (and confirmed) by his New Hampshire admission that the line was stolen (as Obama describes it) from his pal Deval.

How many more of his speeches and motivational talks have been stolen?

But wait, there's more...

A Boston Globe article in the spring of 2007 titled "Patrick, Obama campaigns share language of 'hope'" noted many similarities between their stump speeches, and said that the two men shared a "symbiotic friendship."

So who exactly is receiving the votes here? Obama, or Deval?

Obama is so weak on the issues, and has taken such great pains to avoid a discussion of the the issues... if he's receiving votes on the basis of his words -- who's words are they becomes extremely relevant.

Obama "is running on his powerful oratory and his promises," Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday as he pointed out the similar turns of phrase. "Therefore, it is appropriate when the oratory comes form someone else to point that out and for questions to be raised about it."

The Obama campaign did not respond to CNN's request for comment on the second instance of similar language identified Tuesday. In a statement to reporters, Bill Burton accused Clinton's campaign of attempting to "fan the flames" around the allegations.

That crackling sound you hear, Mr. Burton, aren't flames - it's the creaking and cracking foundation on which your candidate has based his entire campaign starting to give way under the light of truth.

** Plagiarism is theft of another person's writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when someone steals expressions from another author's composition and makes them appear to be his own work.

Examples:



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Comments (5)

Steve Crickmore:

David Axelrod, Obama's top strategist was the top strategist for Deval Patrick..Both Deval Patrick and his own speech writers have been helping with Obama's speeches, (it is hardly stealing I would say giving him some new expression in his speeches)or do you call ot stealing to use your speechwriter's own words. Because Obama used 5 words from a Deval Patrick speech written by the Patrick speech writers that are helping Obama and´presumbly wrote Patrick's words that he used and advised by their shared strategist about a line from "The only thing that we have to fear is fear itself" that was delivered by JFK written by Ted Sorenson another advisor and speech writer of Obama who borowed the line from FDR who borrowed it from his Commerce Secretary who took it from one of Henry David Thoreau's writings who took it from... It is really like following a family tree 'the leaves of grass' from Walt Whitman to find the geneology of these words...You would certainly getting any where with a speech if you traced the genesis of every expression that have been passed on in your speech. I think it was Oscar Wilde who expressed it best when someone complimented on a good 'bon mot."I wish I had said that. He said, "You will".

And regarding Hillary she has used several lines from Obama's campaign "fired up" and "ready" "yes we can" that were used by Obama or his speechwriters. As always Hillary trumps anything Obama has done in spades. As you know Obama writes his own books so he doesn't have that problem about not acknowledging ghost writers.

Lee Ward[TypeKey Profile Page]:

"You would certainly getting any where with a speech if you traced the genesis of every expression that have been passed on in your speech"

Let's not change the subject. Yes, there are common everyday expressions we all use that have origins that aren't credited. "Fired up" certainly qualifies for that -- or are you going to tell me Barack Obama was the first to utter those words - lol!

This is different - way different - than saying we're fired up and anything else. Barack Obama, the great man of words, steals his enthusiastic, inspiring prose from other's speeches and let's the audience believe they are his own.

He's even admitted that they were stolen in one case:

"But you know in the end, don't vote your fears," Obama was quoted as saying. "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."

Don't vote our fears, vote your aspirations! - And you are comparing that theft to Hillary asking "are you fired up?." Come on...

So let's look again at the definition of plagiarism:

Plagiarism is theft of another person's writings or ideas. Generally, it occurs when someone steals expressions from another author's composition and makes them appear to be his own work.

If he walks like a plagiarist, and talks like a plagiarist...

Steve Crickmore:

Lee, I don't really care about 'fired up'..Who said that "imitation is the highest form of flattery"? Since we are being very strict here ..It was Charles Caleb Colton...but in the example, of the theft you cited to support your agrument that Obama is a plagarist, Obama was making a joke that he is 'stealing' this line from Patrick in the same manner that Ricky Henderson might say he is going to steal second base. Obama made a specific reference to the person who his friend who used those words the first time, gave credit where it is due, and you are calling him a plagarist for that.

B Lewis:

Well, now I'd like to see the YouTube video on Barack's plagiarism of the words "ball," "doggie," and "poo poo" from his mother.

I came here expecting to see some plagiarism, not this ridiculous drivel. Fascinating that there are people out there that believe that ever sentence spoken in public is the intellectual property of the speaker. Where does "Lee Ward" chap think we learn to speak from? Never mind Lee's need for every speech to be annotated with complete footnotes.

What a waste of my time. Thanks but no thanks Lee!

B Lewis:

LOL

"Just words." Did Lee Ward even listen to the MESSAGE of the speech? "Just words, just words."

Lee Ward gets it, but he just doesn't get it.


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