Praise or Plagiarism?

February 18, 2008

Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama is taking heat for a speech he delivered over this past weekend. It is clear by watching this video that the similarities between Obama’s February 16th speech and a 2006 speech from Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) are evident.

“Senator Obama and I are long-time friends and allies. We often share ideas about politics, policy and language,” Patrick said in a statement found on CNN.com. “The argument in question, on the value of words in the public square, is one about which he and I have spoken frequently before. Given the recent attacks from Senator Clinton, I applaud him responding in just the way he did.”

Although the Presidential race is a national hot topic, we aren’t going to run you over with it here. But shouldn’t have Obama credited Deval Patrick while delivering that dialog?


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