Did Obama plagiarize? Do I care?

Hillary Clinton’s camp is accusing Barack Obama of plagiarizing Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.  The words are nearly identical and now Barack says he should have attributed them to the governor.  The Massachusetts governor defended him and said in a statement: “Sen. Obama and I are longtime friends and allies. We often share ideas about politics, policy and language.

These charges come right after a weekend where Bill Clinton allegedly screamed at hecklers and was accused of striking a man who gave him a hard time during a speech. Is the Clinton camp getting a little desperate? I think so.

Obama and his camp have handled this very well.  It’s not a big deal, and they haven’t made it into one.  This is the best Clinton’s camp can come up with, the only dirt they could find.  Tsk Tsk

Source: National Ledger


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3 responses to “Did Obama plagiarize? Do I care?

  1. Cassandra

    I was thinking the exact same thing. Desperation is not cute. I mean of all the things to be worried about she is worried about his speeches, when she herself has proclaimed that he is just a “talker” so why worry about what he is saying???

  2. Thing is, even if it were a big deal, it is a hilariously unimportant one for folks thinking this election has something at stake. I mean, really, “aspiration” is a word Gov. Patrick owns? I’m all over intellectual property rights as a writer…I get that. They’re important for writers and related people. But thinking a big national campaign ought to be broken down by failing to provide a flyer with Chicago Manual of Style footnotes…that’s a laugher.

    As an Obama supporter, I think these stories are good for us. They make Clinton look petty and mean-spirited (true, I think).

    I like your blog, by the way. Great header graphics too!

  3. Jan

    I kind of disagree on this one. Plagiarism did happen. Barak is running on a platform of change we can believe in, so I was disappointed when he didn’t apologize about the plagiarism. It’s a very serious problem, from grade school to graduate school. And we look up to Barak as a superb role model for ourselves.

    It’s possible to commit plagiarism inadvertently, or to have a lapse in judgment. We’re all human here. But he being about cleaner politics, it would have been refreshing if he had apologized rather than rationalized.

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