October 25, 2009

Obama recycles - his speeches.

There's been instances in the past of Barack Obama lifting speeches or turns of phrases from others.  Of course there was this issue with the Deval Patrick speech.

And Mahatma Ghandi is credited with the phrase 'we must be the change', used almost unchanged by Barack Obama in 'we are the change...' 

Not to mention the his choice of VP, Joe Biden, was caught plagarizing Neil Kinnock in a speech during the 1988 Presidential campaign, as well as Hubert Humphrey and Robert Kennedy. Oh, and a university law paper.

Idea theft is not new to this administration.  Clearly the President is an imitator and not an innovator.  Saul Alinsky would be proud. He even outsourced his Cap and Trade and health care agendas to the Congress and Senate.  And his team?  An awful lot of Clinton retreads are there to be counted.  Originality?  New?  Change?  Not so much.  Once again a free pass from the MSM.

So it should come as no surprise that the President is starting to borrow ideas for speeches from...his own speeches.

Via Breitbart (Oct 23rd, 2010)- Obama, lashing out at nay-sayers on climate change had this to say;
US President Barack Obama on Friday hit out at naysayers he blamed for peddling "cynical" claims that global warming is a myth to derail a landmark climate change bill in Congress.

Obama warned that the closer the Senate came to passing legislation which has already cleared the House of Representatives, the more opponents would resort to underhand tactics.

"The naysayers, the folks who would pretend that this is not an issue, they are being marginalized," Obama warned in a speech at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"But I think it's important to understand that the closer we get, the harder the opposition will fight and the more we'll hear from those whose interest or ideology run counter to the much needed action that we're engaged in.

"There are those who will suggest that moving toward clean energy will destroy our economy," Obama said, a day after the release of a poll showing fewer Americans see solid evidence of global warming.

"There are going to be those who... make cynical claims that contradict the overwhelming scientific evidence when it comes to climate change, claims whose only purpose is to defeat or delay the change that we know is necessary."
(emphasis added)

On health care, on Sept 12, 2009, Bloomberg carried the following report;
“I will not waste time with those who have made the calculation that it’s better politics to kill this plan than improve it,” Obama told 13,000 people gathered to rally around his health-care proposals at Minneapolis’s Target Center. “If you misrepresent what’s in the plan, we will call you out.”

Obama this week entered what he and his advisers hope will be the final phase in their efforts to overhaul the U.S. health- care system. The president is stepping up his drive amid stiff opposition from Republicans and hesitation from some Democrats over the cost of his plan, estimated at $900 billion over a decade.

“This is when the special interests and the insurance companies and the folks who want to kill reform fight back with everything they’ve got,” Obama said. “This is when they spread all kinds of rumors to scare and intimidate the American people.”
 (Emphasis added.) Seems just a little familiar.  In both speeches the President talks about a dishonest opposition (because he's post-partisan).  In both speeches he loads up on the fierce urgency of now (or as someone else put it - "Now is the time"), because opposition has reached a fever pitch of, assumably, desperation.

The White House is a strange microcosm of mis-direction from their problems (Fox News is the problem, don't pay attention to the details of our agenda), and retreading ideas.

EXIT QUESTION: Is Rahm Emmanuel in the White House to torpedo Obama so Hillary can run in 2012?  Honestly.  An administration this inept HAS to be trying to be bad. Since Emmanuel is a Clintonista, just maybe he's behind the dumb moves as much as he is the misdirection.

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