Obama's State of the Union Was Tantamount to Plagiarism

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Another fine Barack Obama / Martin Luther King plagiarism example.  Blacks 
apparently have no shame when it comes to stealing.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/alvin-felzenberg/2011/01/26/obamas-
state-of-the-union-was-tantamount-to-plagiarism

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of 
plagiarism? President Obama’s second State of the Union address contained 
enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make 
historians wince. I suppose this is what one does when one not only has 
nothing new to say, but is required by custom and Constitution to come 
forth with a report of some kind by a certain time and day.

Had Obama or his writers been considerate enough to have informed 
listeners of where some of the president’s best lines and offered-up ideas 
originated, the speech might be remembered for its cutting and pasting of 
great and not-so-great moments of the past performance of others. After 
quoting Robert Kennedy early on, Obama tried to have his listeners believe 
that everything else he said that we might remember were his or his 
writers’ creations. 

Had the president submitted the text of his second State of the Union 
Address in the form of a college term paper, he would have been sent 
forthwith to the nearest academic dean. Once again, our public affairs are 
such that we have one standard for presidents and another for 
undergraduates. Now is as good a time as any to let Obama’s listeners in 
on what the late Paul Harvey would have termed “the rest of the story.” 
[Take the poll: Was Obama’s State of the Union speech a success?]

Early in his address, Obama said that he wanted the nation he leads to be 
a "light to the world." The last president who set such a mission for the 
nation he led, and in those exact words, was Woodrow Wilson.

Obama’s concept of the “American family” may well have had its origins in 
the first State of the State address New York Governor Mario Cuomo 
delivered in 1983. Cuomo proclaimed the state of New York as a “family.” 
He also talked about multiple partnerships, both public and private.

In a 1991 Washington, D.C. address sponsored by conservative groups, 
including the Heritage Foundation, Margaret Thatcher coined a phrase Obama 
made his own in his second State of the Union address. Thatcher told her 
American audience that "no other nation has been built upon an idea." In a 
slightly revised form, Obama, in his second State of the Union address, 
all but repeated it, using additional words.

Obama’s pointed mutterings about a second “Sputnik Moment” being upon us 
and his recollection of how American policymakers responded to the last 
one with increased expenditures on infrastructure, science, technology, 
and education were clearly intended to evoke the spirit of Dwight D. 
Eisenhower. His setting of specific deadlines and goals was vintage JFK, 
but for the absence of any sense of challenge to his audience, list of 
benefits the United States would derive from them, or any semblance of a 
shared adventure the American people were about to embark upon. [Read 
Robert Schlesinger: Obama Not the First to Use 'Sputnik Moment.']

There was a certain Back to the Future feel to the masterful tributes 
Obama paid those Ronald Reagan might have described as “ordinary heroes.” 
After all, it was Reagan who began the practice of inviting citizens who 
had done extraordinary things to sit beside the first lady in the House 
gallery as the president recited their achievements. It was also Reagan 
who reminded his listeners that the greatness of America emerged not from 
the hand of government, but through the entrepreneurial spirit of the 
American people. [Check out a roundup of political cartoons on Obama.]

Obama received his most sustained applause when he said, "I know there 
isn’t a person here who would trade places with any other nation on 
Earth." Leaving aside the faulty grammar (people change places with 
people, not with nations), the poaching from John F. Kennedy's immortal 
inaugural address was obvious enough for the most historical of Obama's 
listeners to notice. ("I do not believe that any of us would exchange 
places with any other people or any other generation.") That Obama could 
utter almost identical words days after paying tribute to Kennedy on the 
50th anniversary of the delivery of that famous speech and not making 
reference to it suggests a self-absorption rare even among presidents. 
[See photos of the Obamas behind the scenes.]

Most pointedly, the low point of Obama’s speech came when he brought back 
government re-organization from the ash heap of failed efforts of previous 
presidents who sought to save money without inflicting pain on a public 
that had grown accustomed to government largesse. This one, like all that 
talk about all those green energy jobs that lay before us, had fallen out 
of the presidential repertoire with retirement of Jimmy Carter. Obama 
might have had the decency to have Carter on hand to witness the moment. 
He will have another chance should he, when he delivers his budget, bring 
back that other Carter flop from yesteryear, “zero based budgeting.” [See 
a slide show of 10 worst presidents.]

Even Obama’s feigned attempt at humor had an antecedent in the remarks of 
a predecessor who spun better yarns than this president. Obama informed 
his listeners that salmon comes under the jurisdiction of one department 
when swimming in fresh water and under another when swimming in salt 
water. He rhetorically inquired what happened to the fish when “smoked.”

Somewhere in the White House library resides a published letter Franklin 
Roosevelt wrote to an adviser in which he complained that some bears were 
the property of the Interior Department, while others belonged the 
National Parks System. FDR, tongue in cheek, warned of a pending custody 
battle over cubs that emerged from illicit unions of bears crossing 
departmental jurisdictions. [Read A Brief History of the State of the 
Union Address.]

It would appear that the only president of note whose imprint was absent 
in Obama’s long awaited and much-anticipated speech was Obama. This was 
supposed to have been the moment when the nation found out whether he was 
at the core a Rooseveltian liberal of a Clintonian centrist. What it got 
was a cut and pasted version of great and not-so-great State of the Union 
and other addresses of the past.

Sometime last year, many suggested that Obama would have an easier time 
getting his message across if he was less dependent on his teleprompter. 
This may be the year his writers are advised to throw away their books of 
political quotations. Then we may finally find out what the president 
truly believes and what he hopes to achieve in the office he so ardently 
sought.
                                            
Dano
Another fine Barack Obama / Martin Luther King plagiarism example.  Blacks
apparently have no shame when it comes to stealing.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/alvin-felzenberg/2011/01/26/obamas-
state-of-the-union-was-tantamount-to-plagiarism

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Not TOO racist are you?  Your second sentence identifies what you are.  Much 
worse than stealing a few lines for a fucking speech.

If you weren't such an ignorant bigot you might understand that ALL 
presidents use speech writers and teleprompters and not just those with 
African American heritage.  Never mind that this is another old story...it's 
quite clear that what you have to say is immediately tainted by your obvious 
hatred of black folk to begin with.  Have a nice day Adolph.
                                            
Gunner
So you are giving the plagiarism a blessing and attacking the messenger?
Typical of  your ilk, Comrade.

Gunner
                                            
Bill
In politics, the line between plagiarism and repeating the party line is 
thin. Everything the rightwingers say, for example, is plagiarized from 
their little red book.
                                            
Gunner
Corrected for accuracy

Gunner
                                            
Winston
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Sure, sure, everyone who criticizes the Kenyan village idiot and 
resident bastard is worse than he is. You wimpy worshipers of he golden 
calf will one day realize how bad he fucked up our country.
                                            
Dano
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Sure, sure, everyone who criticizes the Kenyan village idiot and
resident bastard is worse than he is. You wimpy worshipers of he golden
calf will one day realize how bad he fucked up our country.

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Any feeble minded twit that makes blanket statements about all members of 
any race might just be a bigot.

Just sayin'...
                                            
Freedom
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Sure, sure, everyone who criticizes the Kenyan village idiot and
resident bastard is worse than he is. You wimpy worshipers of he golden
calf will one day realize how bad he fucked up our country.
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More than Bush and his rubber stamp Congress? You don't say?!!!
                                            
Gunner
You mean all those Demonrats who controlled Congress were Bush plants?
Pelosi, Reed, etc etc?

Fascinating!!

Gunner
                                            
pyotr
typed in misc.survivalism  the following:

	Democrats, so feeble minded they can be easily manipulated buy the
Dumbest President in the History of Presidencies.
                                            
Gunner
Im rather curious about the Dumbocrats response to our comments. This
should be really..really...really good..if any of them have the stones
(but no brains) to comment on the facts of the matter.

Im betting that they will shut up for a few hours, thinking the stench
will clear..and then start up again.

But..shrug..what can one expect from the mentally ill.

Gunner