Melania’s alleged act of plagiarism in her speech last night at the Republican National Convention quickly became the biggest story of the night. While the Trump campaign said Melania wrote much of the speech herself, RNC chair Reince Priebus suggested a speechwriter who helped her should be punished for lifting part of the speech from Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC.
My colleague, Michelle Jesse, pointed out that ironically Michelle Obama was called out for lifting part of her own 2008 speech, and as we both noted earlier, Vice President Joe Biden had to drop out of the race for the presidency back in 1988 due to his own plagiarism scandal.
Michelle isn’t the only Obama to have been accused of plagiarism — and in the case of her husband, the evidence couldn’t be any more clear. Watch for yourself how Obama “borrowed” the words of Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, who also served as the United States assistant attorney general for the civil rights division under President Bill Clinton.
Here are a few snippets, for your reference:
Deval Patrick (10/15/06): “Her dismissive point from her staff, and I hear it often, is that all I have to offer is words, just words. We hold these truths to be self evidence, 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!”
Barack Obama (2/16/08): “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. We have nothing to fear but fear itself… just words.”
Deval Patrick (6/3/06): “I am not asking anybody to take a chance on me. I am asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.”
Barack Obama (11/2/07): “I am just just asking you to take a chance on me. I’m also asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.”
John Edwards (9/16/03 – 2004 Presidential announcement): “I haven’t spent spent most of my life in politics as most of you know, but I’ve spent enough time in Washington to know how much we need to change Washington.”
Barack Obama (2/10/07 – 2008 Presidential announcement): “I haven’t spent much time learning the ways of Washington, but I’ve been there long enough to know that the ways of Washington must change.”
If only the media was as attentive to the multiple instances of presidential candidate Barack Obama’s plagiarism as they were to Melania – we wouldn’t have to be bringing this to everyone’s attention nearly a decade after the fact. And, who knows, maybe we would have even been spared the past two disastrous presidential terms of Obama.
But, of course, what’s a sin for a Republican is just standard operating procedure for a Democrat, as the media sees it.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]