Divinely inspired avatar of hope and change caught “borrowing” another line from Deval Patrick; Update: Video added

posted at 3:05 pm on February 19, 2008 by Allahpundit

Maybe Patrick’s the messiah.

“In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr. Patrick said that he and Mr. Obama first talked about the attacks from their respective rivals last summer, when Mrs. Clinton was raising questions about Mr. Obama’s experience, and that they discussed them again last week,” the Times’ Jeff Zeleny wrote. “Patrick said he told Mr. Obama that he should respond to the criticism, and he shared language from his campaign with Mr. Obama’s speechwriters.”

But Obama was quoted using Patrick’s language before the Summer of 2007…

Patrick in June 2006, at the Massachusetts Democratic party convention: “I am not asking anybody to take a chance on me. I am asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.”

Obama one year later, as quoted in USA Today: “I am not asking anyone to take a chance on me. I am asking you to take a chance on your own aspirations.”

Team Clinton’s milking it with both hands. Mark Hemingway at NRO says Hillary needs to start pounding him post haste on the fluffiness of his rhetoric, but er, haven’t she and Bill already been doing that? The problem with her having to be the one to pop the “hope and change” balloon is that she comes off as such a thoroughgoing phony, so madly ambitious and cutthroat, that you can’t help but side with the balloon against her. Of course she wants to stamp out hope; she’s Hillary. Someone like Edwards (another phony, but of a different sort) would have been more effective in this role, but oh well. It falls to Maverick now to peel away the marshmallowy rhetorical layers and expose the liberal underneath — something, needless to say, Hillary’s also uniquely unsuited to do.

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

Update: A fair point by MKH:

[W]hat the story takes a whack at, effectively, is Obama’s authenticity, which is his No. 1 selling point. Hillary’s camp is smart to play up the fact that the supreme orator, the Messiah of American politics, the man of change above all else, could really just be another politician with a flair for speechifying, a calculating player with no compunction about inspiring with rehashed copy if it suits his purposes.

This incident will prompt much closer looks at Obama’s words from here on out, which will naturally be rougher than the positively orgasmic reviews he’s been getting up until now. This is good for Hillary and good for the GOP in the general if he ends up being the nominee.

Again, is Hillary the person you want holding aloft the banner of authenticity?

Update: Side by side.


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Why anybody would copy our governor is beyond my comprehension…

…the guy is an idiot.

Jared_MA on February 19, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

That’s a question only Bill can answer.

Number 2 on February 19, 2008 at 3:08 PM

This is getting good. All of Obama’s best lines aren’t even his own. And his wife’s own words are cringe-inducing. Keep hope alive!!! Oh wait, that’s someone else’s line also.

Sugar Land on February 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Of course she wants to stamp out hope; she’s Hillary.

Priceless.

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

She was in the stain removal business.

Les in NC on February 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM

There are only so many ways to say nothing.

lorien1973 on February 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Has anyone checked to see if Michelle plagiarized her words from Patrick? Might be a twofer here.

a capella on February 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Sugar Land on February 19, 2008 at 3:10 PM

Mrs. Obama reminds me of the Chicago 7 or Malcomb X. All they had was bad things to say about the USA as well. At least Mrs. Obama found 1 thing that makes her proud. Perhaps a stent in Darfour would open her pseudointellectual Princeton egg head about national pride.

saiga on February 19, 2008 at 3:15 PM

Michelle Obama – This is the first time that I haven’t been proud of Barack’s teleprompter.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:16 PM

I read somewhere that Obama lifted the “audacity of hope” slogan from somebody else’s campaign too. Was that originally Patrick’s line also?

It’s interesting that Obama has been borrowing “ideas” from a man who has been somewhat less than successful as Governor of Massachusetts. Doesn’t seem to bode well for Obama’s future tenure as President.

AZCoyote on February 19, 2008 at 3:18 PM

Ha, you know what’s great is Obama accusing Hillary of lifting lines he lifted. What a clown Democrat.

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

Crusading against the vast right wing conspiracy is full time work.

amkun on February 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM

Maybe Patrick’s the messiah.

The MA Uber Moonbats thought so until he took office and then even they took up the pitchforks and drove him underground. He had more scandals in his first 6 months than the previous Republican Admins had in 17 years.

TheBigOldDog on February 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM

What people dont get is that this isnt about a politican using other peoples words. that happens all the time.

What is different in this case is that is the SOLE basis of an entire campaign. Obama is running on his ability to make speaches.

So if the core central idea to a campaign is a sham it has more traction than “Everyone does it”

William Amos on February 19, 2008 at 3:21 PM

This is still just on the sparring/slap-fight level compared to where it could still go: Barack Obama’s Communist mentor. (I’m surprised, and yet I’m not – when I was young I used to hang out with these people. I know how they work and recruit.)

CK MacLeod on February 19, 2008 at 3:21 PM

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

“Now Hillary is using racist code words to attack Obama !”

/Clueless Obama Democrat in reply to Hillary backers “Obama uses sexist code words”

William Amos on February 19, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Man, if it has now gotten to the place in this lousy campaign where these two yoohoos are now punching it out over who said what when, you know we have officially reached the bottom of the barrel. Can’t see what the other will do now to take us THROUGH the bottom of the barrel.

pilamaye on February 19, 2008 at 3:23 PM

On an unrelated topic – today is the 63rd anniversary of the landings at Iwo Jima.

To those who set foot on Iwo – I will always be in awe.

Dad [1925-1990] – that includes you, first and foremost.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Is Obama the false Democratic Party political Messiah?

We need to scrup their speeches and create one of these.

ninjapirate on February 19, 2008 at 3:27 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:24 PM

4th Marines? (My Pop 1st and 4th)

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 3:27 PM

When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

Why, when she commanded the White House Bimbo Eruption Squad, of course.

In fact, that’s how she gained her “finely honed First Spouse management skills”.

petefrt on February 19, 2008 at 3:28 PM

Stop Copying Me!

geckomon on February 19, 2008 at 3:28 PM

4th Marines? (My Pop 1st and 4th)

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 3:27 PM

Navy corpsman – USS Bolivar – attack transport.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

…..is that she comes off as such a thoroughgoing phony, so madly ambitious and cutthroat, that you can’t help but side with the balloon against her.

God – I juat had a ‘gasm reading that !!

OBX Pete on February 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:24 PM

Thank you.

It’s a very related topic.

Drum on February 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Futures traders always work the night shift when they are stuck in underpaying jobs as lawyers.

Dusty on February 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:29 PM

Thanks, dad of OhEssYouCowboys!

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Team Clinton’s milking it with both hands.

Ew.

Can’t figure out who to cheer for.

baldilocks on February 19, 2008 at 3:33 PM

Entrance question.

Is this the first time in history that one speech writer(Patrick) writes for the top 2 Democrat Presidential hopefuls in the same cycle ??

redrock on February 19, 2008 at 3:34 PM

Fake Obasm.

aero on February 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Again, is Hillary the person you want holding aloft the banner of authenticity?

It takes one to know one.

William Amos on February 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

What is different in this case is that is the SOLE basis of an entire campaign. Obama is running on his ability to make speaches.

Good point. Very insightful.

txsurveyor on February 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Again, is Hillary the person you want holding aloft the banner of authenticity?

Certainly not. Is McCain? Maybe. That’s where the electability and durability factors come in… which has got to worry a lot of Dems.

Vizzini on February 19, 2008 at 3:37 PM

Thanks, dad of OhEssYouCowboys!

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Thank you, Limerick. And to your Pop. When I think about what they had to see and endure, it makes me choke up. I can’t even comprehend such courage and duty.

I was hoping that Hot Air might honor the Iwo veterans. I just had to post something. It won’t be long, and it’ll all be forgotten by the illiterate and ignorant children of today’s America.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 19, 2008 at 3:38 PM

Now that the truth is out about it being nothing more than effective, proven campaign slogans (Obama tested his campaign strategy of words through a scientist named Deval Patrick in a lab named Massachusetts), the key is whether this argument will actually stem Obama’s swell and even sway votes from him to Hillary.

http://wolkingsworld.com/2008/02/19/clinton-pursuing-obama-plagiarized-line-hard/

American-Infidels.com on February 19, 2008 at 3:38 PM

As long as he doesn’t start speaking in tongues or some ancient Demotic dialect.

abinitioadinfinitum on February 19, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Stop Copying Me! Concise.

geckomon on February 19, 2008 at 3:40 PM

Fake Obasm.

aero on February 19, 2008 at 3:35 PM

heh.

geckomon on February 19, 2008 at 3:41 PM

BTW is this interesting column on Rasmussen (From Democrat Froma Harrop)

Moderates turned off by Obama

Vaporous Obama Turns Off Many Centrists
A Commentary by Froma Harrop
Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Despite the hard contest between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, party leaders keep telling Democratic-leaning voters that they have two good candidates. They are right, but one of them may well be a Republican.

Far from the pumped-up Obama rallies, centrists who voted for John Kerry last time now say they are considering John McCain — especially if the Democrat is the vaporous Obama. At least that’s what many are telling me — and I’m telling myself.

One friend said he’d vote for the New York senator, and if she’s not the candidate, then McCain. When I reminded him that he doesn’t like Hillary, he shrugged. Another acquaintance e-mailed, “Hillary is to me extremely unlikable, but I do not regard likability as a qualification.”

The notion that many Clinton voters cannot be easily transferred to Obama contradicts much “expert” opinion. But a Super Tuesday exit poll suggested there is something to it. While 52 percent of Obama’s supporters were amenable to a Clinton candidacy, only 49 percent of Clinton voters said they’d be happy with the Illinois senator, according to the survey by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.

And at that time, the news media were still lavishing love on Obama. That situation is about to end. “He’s the fashion plate of the moment,” an editorial page editor remarked, “but fashion week is over.”

William Amos on February 19, 2008 at 3:41 PM

The point of that last one is that liberals are upset at Obama for not being willing to fight for liberal beliefs.

McCain and any republican should hit Obama saying hes too ashamed to run as a liberal. Make him tack left to defend the left.

William Amos on February 19, 2008 at 3:44 PM

Maybe Patrick’s the messiah.

Patrick is not the Messiah, but a voice crying out in the wilderness.

Big S on February 19, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Wouldn’t Patrick be more like John the Baptist. Leading the way for the Messiah with his words?

Defense Guy on February 19, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Barack Obama really is Deval Patrick 2.0.

Please folks, you don’t want Deval Patrick.

BKennedy on February 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

But will he have to give back his Grammy like Milli Vanilli?

rw on February 19, 2008 at 3:52 PM

When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

Well, you can’t very well carry secret boxes of files from the trunk of the car during the light of day can you?

BacaDog on February 19, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Maybe Patrick’s the messiah.

Pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain.

abinitioadinfinitum on February 19, 2008 at 3:55 PM

He can always turn to Chris Matthews for inspiration….

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Kinda makes me sad to think about how much hay Mitt Romney could have made out of this……

rockmom on February 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

So Obama is not Lincoln, reading the King James Bible by candlelight and writing his speeches by hand, with quill and ink? I’m heartbroken. Turns out He’s an industrial product, as engineered and marketed as a Honda Accord. Barry reads the texts his consulting team has constructed for him, based on (gaps) polls and focus groups.

Somebody tell Scarlett Johansson. She’s so beautiful when she cries.

Vote Sauron 08 on February 19, 2008 at 3:57 PM

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

That’s a question only Bill can answer.

Number 2 on February 19, 2008 at 3:08 PM

Monica is the answer (et al)

urbancenturion on February 19, 2008 at 4:07 PM

I think this would be getting pretty amusing, if only it wasn’t just a prelude to Hillary or Obama vs McCain.
Which is a prelude to 4 years of aggressive progressiveness.

NellE on February 19, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Update: Side by side.

These are going to make great campaign ads.

Vizzini on February 19, 2008 at 4:30 PM

BKennedy on February 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

You took the words right out of my mouth. Barrack = Duval “Cadillac” Patrick 2.0
But, I think if Obama wins the Pres, Patrick’s out of Mass, he’ll most certainly get a cabinet position. AG possibly? Then we truly will be a sanctuary country.

Geronimo on February 19, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Oh, Barry, your speechifying has got me all befuddled. I do declare, I’m feeling a wee bit light-headed. Quick, somebody please get me some wate…

(Thump)

sleepy-beans on February 19, 2008 at 4:38 PM

sleepy-beans on February 19, 2008 at 4:38 PM

BEST handle on HA! :)

Limerick on February 19, 2008 at 4:40 PM

A side by side would be great to include

http://www.devalpatrickwatch.com/

Governor Deval Patrick may soon learn what happens when the politics of hope and change collide with the fiscal realities of shrinking revenues, a looming economic recession, and a skeptical Legislature.
In the budget he unveiled earlier this week and began championing in his annual State of the State address last night, Patrick included a political wish list of expanded social and law enforcement programs, depending heavily on possible casino fees and new tax revenues from business that have uncertain prospects among lawmakers.

Critics from both sides of the political spectrum found fault with his $28.2 billion budget plan yesterday. They said Patrick dodged many of the difficult choices facing state government and produced an unrealistic spending plan, built on shaky revenue estimates and failing to prepare the state for a recession.

“Optimism and hope for the future is one thing,” said Representative Marty Walz, a Boston Democrat who supported Patrick’s election in 2006. “But we have to be clear-eyed when putting together the budget and making sure it’s balanced. I’d rather be more

conservative in an uncertain economic climate.”

William Amos on February 19, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Exit question: When has Her Majesty ever worked “the night shift”?

To aquire political power, possibly.

ThePrez on February 19, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Maybe Patrick’s the messiah.

No, maybe Patrick’s speech writer is the messiah. Honestly, why can’t you tell the whole story. And if Patrick is the origional writer of the lines, then it should be made known (which it isn’t here or at the ABC News post).

Furthermore, just because a man borrows the words of another, that doesn’t mean he believes in them any less.

PresidenToor on February 19, 2008 at 5:10 PM

The rattlesnake in my pocket died.

Curse you Obama, you promised Hope, now I need Cialis for that thrill to return. >:}

hehehe.

Chakra Hammer on February 19, 2008 at 5:38 PM

I guess when Obama talks about “change”, he wasn’t referring to his speeches.

SoulGlo on February 19, 2008 at 5:43 PM

The Obama video reminds me of this

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/54535/you_said_the_same_thing/

All he did was move his hands.

jharada on February 19, 2008 at 5:53 PM

Obama “borrows” change like a bum.

maverick muse on February 19, 2008 at 6:07 PM

The Pope of Hope, the Prince of Change:
When it’s “just words”, you REARRANGE!

Igor R. on February 19, 2008 at 6:17 PM

He speaks so well.

Darth Executor on February 19, 2008 at 6:23 PM

So clean, so articulate. Must be OK.

Igor R. on February 19, 2008 at 6:26 PM

from the NRO link:

And for that matter, McCain is already prepared to attack Obama over this. His victory speech in Virginia last week contained this overlooked bit:

McCain: To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude.

Actually, this was excerpted at length last week on the Dennis Prager show. I found it so apt that I scribbled it down. Nicely done, Johnny Mac. As I keep telling my wife’s nephew in Seattle who just got named a DNC delegate at 18 (core Obama demo), there’ll be more of this if O gets the nom. Just wait…

Captain Scarlet on February 19, 2008 at 6:34 PM

From the RCP piece:

Why hasn’t this fact hurt Obama so far? Because his two main opponents in the Democratic race, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards, haven’t advertised Obama’s liberalism.

Am I missing something here in the Peter Wehner? Didn’t we retire Silky out to pasture a while back? For an article with a byline of Feb 19th, that was downright confusing.

Captain Scarlet on February 19, 2008 at 6:40 PM

Watching the videos side-by-side makes it clear that not only does BO borrow (if you’ll pardon the pun) liberally, but he isn’t even particularly well-rehearsed. I have some public speaking experience, and that BO vid is like every host I’ve ever watched read from a card he’s been given for the first time. When he has to look down, pause, and lean into things after glancing again at his script, you just know this is someone who has gotten by on the sonorous qualities of his voice, not the substance of what he says.

By the way,

But will he have to give back his Grammy like Milli Vanilli?

rw on February 19, 2008 at 3:52 PM

Cracked me up.

Captain Scarlet on February 19, 2008 at 6:57 PM

MLK was a known plagiarist.

You know how that comes up in conversation around the beginning of every year?

No, you don’t? Oh.

Hillary will lose every fight against Obama.

I’m sure MLK had plenty of contemporary detractors…it’s just that no one remembers their names anymore.

Also, isn’t it true that Obama & Patrick employ the SAME speech writer? I’m pretty sure they do.

Dorvillian on February 19, 2008 at 7:17 PM

obama = phony snake-oil salesman from the Chicago machine.

mhk is right: this proves he is a phony.

reliapundit on February 19, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Howie Carr picked the wrong week to take a vaction. This thing’s turning into a Chump Line Buffett.

“HELLO!”

SuperCool on February 19, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Note to Obama: Empty suit Deval did it better.

Still dispise Deval up here.

Now you know what it feels like, rest of America.

BKennedy on February 19, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Who don’t they just have Barack sit on Deval’s lap onstage?

(Worked for Charlie McCarthy and Edgar Bergen.)

profitsbeard on February 19, 2008 at 8:51 PM

Obama: Just Words

faraway on February 19, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Why anybody would copy our governor is beyond my comprehension…

…the guy is an idiot.

Jared_MA on February 19, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Your Governor = My Senator = Douchebag.

Jaibones on February 19, 2008 at 11:19 PM

An empty suit stuffed with the empty words of another empty suit.

Montana on February 19, 2008 at 11:52 PM

Watch out folks, you think it’s all empty words now but most of the American public will buy these catch phrases hook, line and sinker.
It happened here in Mass and Deval is still a punchline.
Say it with me in your best mono-testicular voice, “Together we can.”

Geronimo on February 20, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Wouldn’t Patrick be more like John the Baptist. Leading the way for the Messiah with his words?

Defense Guy on February 19, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Did you know that before being elected Gov of Massachusetts that Patrick Deval spent the previous five years in the desert eating grasshoppers?

I find myself hoping that Hilary gets Patrick Deval’s head on a plate.

thuja on February 20, 2008 at 4:31 PM