Bush Speechwriter: Obama’s State of the Union Speech Was Plagiarized

This past week much has been written on Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech. We’ve even had a few articles on it here at Freedom Outpost. However, the sad reality is that there’s nothing new in his speech. In fact, some are claiming that Obama’s speech was plagiarized, in portions, from the 2007 State of the Union address by former President George W. Bush. One of those is Former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen.

Thiessen appeared on Fox News and told Megyn Kelly, “Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush.”

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Mr. Thiessen gave a couple of examples, noting that both speeches were “eerily familiar.”

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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 that all citizens have affordable and available healthcare, extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,’ all of that came from the 2007 State of the Union from George W. Bush,” he told Kelly.

While I grant that the rhetoric between the two parties is at times different, what should be unsettling to many who continue to cling to the hopes that one party will actually do something to correct the course we are on, is that this rhetoric was given be a Republican president long before it was given by a Democrat.

Politico reported:

A quick text compare shows that no lines were directly lifted from Bush’s 2007 speech in the one Obama gave on Tuesday. There are some minor similarities between the two: Obama use a version of the word “opportunity” more than ten times in his speech, Bush used the word at least eight times. Both speeches also ended with a moving story about a wounded veteran. 

In an email, Thiessen said Obama pivoted from the liberal theme of income inequality to a conservative theme of opportunity. 

“Of course, [Obama] has a very different understanding of opportunity. He believes the path to opportunity is through more government; conservatives believe the path to opportunity is more enterprise,” Thiessen wrote. 

Asked if he was actually accusing the president of plagiarism, Thiessen replied, “Seriously? Get some sleep” and linked to a column he wrote in the Washington Post from September, where he said Obama lifted much of a speech about Syria from Bush. 

What is telling about Mr. Thiessen’s comments is that he points out the difference of what is meant by opportunities by Bush and by Obama. This is something we must always keep an eye on. Socialism and Communism both advance forward in the culture by redefining words.

We have dealt with how words have been redefined in our culture to hoodwink the American people. Queers are no longer called such, they are referred to as “gay” (except at this site). Marriage is no longer being viewed as between a man and a woman, but is being purposely manipulated to be redefined as “two people that love each other” (no matter how many that might be or if they are of the same gender, and one could question whether age would have anything to do with it).

We’ve seen it in the political arena as well. Spending by government is called “investing.” We’ve seen the Obama administration try, and fail, to get away with referring to a tax as a “penalty.” There are countless words that have lost, and are losing, their meanings.

In either case, since the criminal-in-chief seems to be getting a pass from elected officials, I’m sure no one will be going after him in a judicial manner over this crime either, or should we simply refer to his criminal action as “a lapse in judgment?”

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