Skip to comments.Bush speechwriter: Obama plagiarized GWB’s 2007 SOTU
Posted on 01/29/2014 8:21:13 AM PST by Theo
As dark clouds continue to gather over 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, all but the most diehard Obama worshipers grudgingly concede that his presidency has entered its lame duck phase. Some analysts have drawn comparisons between the second term of the current occupant of the White House and that of his immediate predecessor.
Bruce Drake, writing at Pew Research Centers Fact Tank, notes:
Barack Obama and George Bush have at least one thing in common when it comes to the second terms they won the first year of their encores have been downers when it came to their public images. Both experienced falloffs in overall job approval and in Americans perceptions of their leadership, ability to get things done and trustworthiness.For one observer, even last nights State of the Union address had an oddly familiar ring, sounding like something George W. Bush might have said. Thats because the words were something Bush did say. Mark Thiessen, the observer in question and lead Bush speechwriter, had written them for Bushs 2007 SOTU.
Appearing on The Kelly File, Thiessen said:
It was eerily familiar. 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.
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Difference being Bush meant it?
Yes, but he didn’t know it. It’s somebody else’s fault. /sarc
Well, of course Obama plagiarized Bush’s speech.
If his pronouncements fail to turn out, Obama can blame you know who.
BO has never accomplished a thing in his miserable life. He’s never invented, manufactured, designed, written or verbalized an original idea or thought. This is all that needs to be in any article about him.
Difference here is given the same time frames of both administrations, at this point the media was CONSTANTLY touting the death count of our soldiers, politicians spouting over and over "worst economy since the great depression!!", everything wrong was Bush's fault, etc..etc. Contrast that to sparky's today; everything he does is "fabulous!!!", he is a visionary, he is pulling for the little guy, etc..etc. obama is just a loser even with a culpable media covering for him.
“Read my lying lips.”
meh. Seems like the kind of generic stuff any politician (or political speechwriter) would say.
Yes and that Obama doesn't.
Obama eliminates and prevents as many jobs as he can through his policies.
Obamacare is a great job killer, wage reducer and business eliminator. Stopping the XL Pipeline prevented thousands of job creations. He has boosted his union friends eliminating Hostess.
Yes, he focuses on jobs like a laser - to burn them up.
Calling Joe Biden, please pick up the white telephone
Plagiarism? I guess Obama is trying to emulate Martin Luther King, Jr.
He never mentions GWB by name in the negative anymore, he just says '... inherited...' or '...when I took office..''
They knew what they were doing.
Which means they wanted us to pick it apart so they could then say it’s the exact language of Bush’s speech and we were okay with it then.
Case in point, now that it’s been shown to be the disaster we all knew it would be, they’ve been claiming obamacare is a Republican plan.
Does that say more bout Bush or Obama? hmmm
(I can’t beleive that took more than three posts)
Yep. Can you imagine a conservative journalist comparing Bush’s SOTU to sex?
And yet the Left had a cow and claimed
Bush was unfit for the Presidency because he missed a dentist appointment in 1972
It’s not plagiarism. There simply isn’t a dimes worth of difference.
1. outright lies
2. subverting constitution
3. stacking courts thru nuclear option
Still on the Bush comparison meme....
What would you expect from a person who’s resume is A Community Organizer?
VP Joey B. probably gave him tips on how to pull this off. He is an expert at it.
“He never mentions GWB by name in the negative anymore, he just says ‘... inherited...’ or ‘...when I took office..’’
It seems strange to me that someone who moved heaven and earth to obtain the office cries about what he “inherits.” Inherit hell, he bought and paid for it.
There are no more Churchills or Reagans.
So a guy named Drake writes a story about lame ducks and their downers?. There’s a bad chicken joke in there someplace. I said yesterday that if I had to listen to the speech I was gonna dig out a duck call and quack my way thru it. I didn’t like the speech much when Bush gave it and it’s just as phony now. Delivering a truly motivational speech requires that one insert a couple of actual facts/proposals/plans in there someplace-—then hold the door open for the team to hit the field when you’re thru. The Kenyan just headed straight for the showers.
I compared both speeches, and there is no lines that are this close.
Same themes, but not surprising...what politician doesn’t talk about hope and opportunity, but hope was only once in Obama’s speech and nothing like the alleged plagiarized text.
Sorry, but this time we shouldn’t run with this nonsense.
Bush barely got past Gore and Kerry. Two complete idiots. They both should have lost in landslides but the GOP gave us W. Then along comes Obama, the biggest dufus in history, and he beats McCain and Romney. If that’s not proof of voter fraud, I don’t know what is.
Well, actually, there was a difference. Bush loved his country, Obama hates his...or at any rate, the one where he lives and of which he happens to be president.
The thing I thought was amusing is that Bambi was actually stealing an idea from Bush (to have retirement accounts for low-income workers) that the Dems condemned at the time as being too cheap and not enough government largesse.
As a progressive he has to tell us how bad things are in American to sell his socialist agenda.
As a POTUS, to have any credibility to get support for his his socialist agenda he has to tell us how good he made things, this is because he has been in office for 5 years now, its not 2009.
These contradict one another.
So he sets his own baseline to compare his achievements against, what he ‘inherited’, the worst economy in the history of the world.
Has his cake and eats it too.
Just proves the democrats ain’t got nothin’.
Good question....Sure seems the strengthen the argument that indeed there isn't a dime's worth of difference.
All bull**** smells alike.
Nope. A conservative journalist wouldn’t have their mind in the gutter 24x7 and if they did, they certainly wouldn’t be writing about it.
Well, he already “plagiarized” himself,
so it was time to try plagiarizing something better.
Actually he did campaign on it 2008. It was a BIG deal to the libertards. A string of victim type people witnessed that the medical system was broken. Zerocare was a huge part of the hope and change.
Figures. Obortion O doesn’t have an original thought of his own.
Obama: Well, I’m just as upset about this as you are! Make no mistake, I will get to the bottom of this.
If Bush loved the USA he would have stopped the illegal alien invasion. After 9/11 he could have stopped all immigration. Bush and his party had control of the whole federal government for six years and all they did was expand the power, scope, and cost of government. I don't think they rolled back, let alone ended, a single leftist program.
If Bush loved the USA I can't imagine what he would have done if he hated it.
The difference being Bush’s people had the imagination and intent to say it.
Don’t worry im sure it’s “bush’s fought” for just being ahead of his time. Or maybe Obama has failed to change anything in 5 years...
Did you try a word search:
Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity. A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy.” BO
“Our job is to make life better for our fellow Americans, and to help them build a future of hope and opportunity. And this is the business before us tonight.
A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy, and that is what we have.”
GB State of the Union 2007, see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/23/AR2007012301075.html for this and other quotes from Bush.
“A future of hope and opportunity requires our citizens have affordable and available health care. BO
“A future of hope and opportunity requires that all our citizens have affordable and available health care.” GB
Extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy. BO
“Extending hope and opportunity depends on a stable supply of energy that keeps America’s economy running and America’s environment clean.” GB
Sorry - but this is not nonsense. Of course, Zero will blame his speechwriter (but not fire him or her) while claiming his simplified version was better.
Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.
Exactly. Even with the media covering up every bad thing about Obama, they can’t escape the reality of his actions.
I did a word search for hope and opportunity as separate words and didn’t locate those passages.
I searched for awhile.
You are right...that is blatant plagiarism.