Can I quote you on that?

Could I borrow a copy of your opening remarks?The one thing Barack Obama has been praised for more than anything this campaign season is his speeches, they’ve even caused “thrills” in the leg of Chris Matthews.  But the Clinton campaign smells a rat, or at least aJoe Biden, in those words.

Seems the words of Obama have nearly been spoken by someone else, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and they’ve been trying to get reporters to bite on the story all day.  Will it work?  Who knows?  Should it work?  If there are more examples of it, absolutely, but what they have right now isn’t much to go on.

Why is it important if a candidate uses the words of others?  It goes to character and the genuine thought process of the candidate.  They either believe the words they say or they don’t, they either feel them or they don’t.  Most importantly, especially in a candidate given so much credit for the power of their words, it lets us know if they’re honest or not.  Quoting someone is not a problem, nearly everything has already been said, but hiding it, lying about it and claiming other’s work as your own is simply unacceptable. 

Below you can see the video that started this, but don’t expect it to end there.  Judge for yourselves.  In our opinion, this does deserve deeper examination.


3 Responses to “Can I quote you on that?”

  1. February 19, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Oddly, many people use words spoken by others when the said words are inspiring. Obama’s speeches have been a strong point for him. That being, I always find it important to mention “who said it first” on everything I post on my own blog. I see often an article that has cut and pasted from Politco or Huffpo, where the pasting excludes the actual author. It’s sad. Ironically though, the speech in question is full of quotes that shaped our nation. So, is it plagarism? Second, I find it ironic that nobody has mentioned the David Axelrod connection between Obama and Patrick. As much is I can’t stand George Bush, for shits and giggles I often use the “internets”.

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