Thursday, January 30, 2014

Speech Class

Marc Thiessen, a speech writer for George W. Bush, claims President Obama plagiarized Mr. Bush’s 2007 SOTU speech.

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 our citizens have affordable and available health care. 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.

Dave Weigel at Slate ran a comparison, and Mr. Thiessen is right; there are similar words in the two speeches.  Words like “a,” “and,” and “the.”

Not that Barack Obama would ever have to use a speech by George W. Bush, but even if he did, he’d do a hell of a lot better job of delivering it.