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Bush speechwriter: Obama plagiarized GWBs 2007 SOTU
Liberty Unyielding ^ | January 29, 2014 | Howard Portnoy

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 Center’s 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 night’s State of the Union address had an oddly familiar ring, sounding like something George W. Bush might have said. That’s because the words were something Bush did say. Mark Thiessen, the observer in question and lead Bush speechwriter, had written them for Bush’s 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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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bushsotu; obama; obamadotu; obamasotu; plagiarism; sotu

1 posted on 01/29/2014 8:21:13 AM PST by Theo
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To: Theo

Difference being Bush meant it?


2 posted on 01/29/2014 8:22:20 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Theo

Yes, but he didn’t know it. It’s somebody else’s fault. /sarc


3 posted on 01/29/2014 8:24:01 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral)
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To: Theo

Well, of course Obama plagiarized Bush’s speech.

If his pronouncements fail to turn out, Obama can blame you know who.


4 posted on 01/29/2014 8:26:43 AM PST by moovova
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To: Theo

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.


5 posted on 01/29/2014 8:26:58 AM PST by albie (ve`)
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To: Theo
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.

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.

6 posted on 01/29/2014 8:27:13 AM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Theo

“Read my lying lips.”


7 posted on 01/29/2014 8:27:27 AM PST by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: Theo

meh. Seems like the kind of generic stuff any politician (or political speechwriter) would say.


8 posted on 01/29/2014 8:28:09 AM PST by MNnice
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
Difference being Bush meant it?

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.

9 posted on 01/29/2014 8:29:43 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Theo

Calling Joe Biden, please pick up the white telephone


10 posted on 01/29/2014 8:33:48 AM PST by rdcbn
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11 posted on 01/29/2014 8:36:09 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Theo

Plagiarism? I guess Obama is trying to emulate Martin Luther King, Jr.


12 posted on 01/29/2014 8:40:04 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Theo
RE :"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"

He never mentions GWB by name in the negative anymore, he just says '... inherited...' or '...when I took office..''

13 posted on 01/29/2014 8:44:26 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: Theo

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.


14 posted on 01/29/2014 8:48:08 AM PST by Heart of Georgia
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To: Theo

Does that say more bout Bush or Obama? hmmm


15 posted on 01/29/2014 8:48:58 AM PST by Augustinian monk
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To: Theo

Bush’s Fault!!

(I can’t beleive that took more than three posts)


16 posted on 01/29/2014 8:49:29 AM PST by Pan_Yan (Who told you that you were naked? Genesis 3:11)
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To: Theo

- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547667/EXCLUSIVE-Obamas-high-school-pot-dealer-future-president-thanked-good-times-yearbook-beaten-death-gay-lover-fights-flatulence-drugs.html


17 posted on 01/29/2014 8:50:01 AM PST by devolve ("He's just 'too talented' to do what 'ordinary people' do." "Barry of Bungle" "Homo Electus")
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Yep. Can you imagine a conservative journalist comparing Bush’s SOTU to sex?


18 posted on 01/29/2014 8:57:21 AM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: devolve

And yet the Left had a cow and claimed
Bush was unfit for the Presidency because he missed a dentist appointment in 1972


19 posted on 01/29/2014 9:10:18 AM PST by digger48
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To: Theo

It’s not plagiarism. There simply isn’t a dimes worth of difference.


20 posted on 01/29/2014 9:34:19 AM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Theo

1. outright lies
2. subverting constitution
3. stacking courts thru nuclear option

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99. plagiarism


21 posted on 01/29/2014 9:40:46 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: Theo

Still on the Bush comparison meme....


22 posted on 01/29/2014 9:49:44 AM PST by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: Theo

What would you expect from a person who’s resume is A Community Organizer?


23 posted on 01/29/2014 9:50:21 AM PST by McGruff (I'm a conservative. Not necessarily a republican.)
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To: moovova

VP Joey B. probably gave him tips on how to pull this off. He is an expert at it.


24 posted on 01/29/2014 9:50:30 AM PST by RetiredArmy (All that call upon His name shall be saved! HE is the ONLY way to heaven. Only HIM!!)
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To: sickoflibs

“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.


25 posted on 01/29/2014 10:01:13 AM PST by billhilly (Has Pelosi read it yet?)
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To: Theo
There are only so many phrases in the contemporary politician's platitude and cliche filled vocabulary.

There are no more Churchills or Reagans.

26 posted on 01/29/2014 10:15:31 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Theo

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.


27 posted on 01/29/2014 10:27:41 AM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: Theo; All

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.


28 posted on 01/29/2014 10:28:02 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Theo

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.


29 posted on 01/29/2014 10:47:53 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

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.


30 posted on 01/29/2014 10:49:56 AM PST by livius
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To: billhilly
RE :”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”

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.

31 posted on 01/29/2014 11:33:45 AM PST by sickoflibs (Obama : 'Any path to US citizenship for illegals HERE is a special path to it ')
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To: Theo

Just proves the democrats ain’t got nothin’.


32 posted on 01/29/2014 11:38:38 AM PST by EBH ( The Day of the Patriot has arrived.)
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To: Augustinian monk
Does that say more bout Bush or Obama? hmmm

Good question....Sure seems the strengthen the argument that indeed there isn't a dime's worth of difference.

33 posted on 01/29/2014 11:39:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: cherokee1
I don't recall Bush mentioning “affordable health care” once during his terms. In fact, I don't remember Obama mentioning it prior to inauguration, because if he had campaigned on it he would have lost.
34 posted on 01/29/2014 11:49:13 AM PST by bitterohiogunclinger (Proudly casting a heavy carbon footprint as I clean my guns ---)
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To: Theo

All bull**** smells alike.


35 posted on 01/29/2014 11:51:37 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

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.


36 posted on 01/29/2014 1:44:51 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Theo

Well, he already “plagiarized” himself,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDDRiGIUYQo&feature=youtu.be

so it was time to try plagiarizing something better.


37 posted on 01/29/2014 1:59:08 PM PST by Right Wing Assault
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To: bitterohiogunclinger

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.


38 posted on 01/29/2014 4:33:29 PM PST by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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39 posted on 01/29/2014 4:33:40 PM PST by RedMDer (Happy with this, America? Make your voices heard. 2014 is just around the corner. ~ Sarah Palin)
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To: Theo

Figures. Obortion O doesn’t have an original thought of his own.


40 posted on 01/29/2014 4:39:49 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: SkyDancer

Obama: Well, I’m just as upset about this as you are! Make no mistake, I will get to the bottom of this.


41 posted on 01/29/2014 5:22:12 PM PST by servo1969
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To: livius
Bush loved his country

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.

42 posted on 01/29/2014 6:34:17 PM PST by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: windsorknot

BUMP!


43 posted on 01/29/2014 7:22:36 PM PST by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

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...


44 posted on 01/29/2014 10:11:24 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Ghost of SVR4

bttt


45 posted on 01/30/2014 3:41:14 AM PST by petercooper ("I was for letting people keep their health insurance, before I wasn't". --- Barack Obama)
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To: rwfromkansas

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

Compare to:
“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

Compare to:
“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

Compare to:
“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.


46 posted on 01/30/2014 7:02:07 AM PST by LibertyOh
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To: Theo

“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”


47 posted on 01/31/2014 2:18:19 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Exactly. Even with the media covering up every bad thing about Obama, they can’t escape the reality of his actions.


48 posted on 01/31/2014 8:21:26 PM PST by matt04
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To: LibertyOh

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.


49 posted on 02/04/2014 7:23:38 AM PST by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Theo
Comrade obama must be having trouble finding a new scapegoat.


50 posted on 02/17/2014 6:00:37 PM PST by clearcarbon
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