There is another contest going on today as well, the islands of Hawaii are caucusing today to see who will receive the majority of their 20 delegates. Obama is expected to win in Hawaii because of his background growing up there. Although Chelsea Clinton has been campaigning for her mother down there for the past few days so you never know.
That is the accusation the Clinton Campaign rained down on Barack Obama on Monday after it was found out that Obama had used words very similar in a speech as current Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick used in a speech of his own while campaigning for the governorship back in 2006. Deval Patrick was on Good Morning America today and he said the "Plagiarism" charge was a little out of line. "It's an elaborate charge and an extravagant one," Patrick said. Obama and Patrick have been very friendly for a long time, Obama campaigned for Patrick back in 2006 and Patrick is currently an Obama supporter. Here is a quote from an ABC report about the situation.
"In 2006 Patrick gave a speech quoting famous phrases: "'We have nothing to fear, but fear itself,' … just words. 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' Just words. … 'I have a dream' … just words,'" he said, switching effortlessly from FDR to JFK to MLK. On Saturday in Wisconsin, Obama said, "Don't tell me words don't matter. … 'I have a dream.' Just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Just words. Just speeches."
Obama also campaigned in 2004 on the slogan, "Yes we can," which Patrick did in 2006.
Clinton responded Monday by saying, "If your whole candidacy is about words, they should be your words."
This was a very interesting thing for the Clinton Campaign to tackle, after the Potomac Primaries Clinton attempted to draw sharp contrasts between the two Senators by saying that she was about "Solutions" and he was about "Speeches” so it was very clever attempt of the Clinton camp to try to catch Obama on the one thing he is apparently about.
Obama has since said he should have attributed the words to Patrick which he had actually done earlier in the campaign in New Hampshire while quoting another concept of Patrick's. "But you know in the end, don’t vote your fears. I’m stealing this line from my buddy (Massachusetts Gov.) Deval Patrick who stole a whole bunch of lines from me when he ran for the governorship, but it’s the right one, don’t vote your fears, vote your aspirations. Vote what you believe."
Plagiarism is not uncommon on the campaign trail Senator Joe Biden infamously plagiarized a speech by the then-leader of Britain's Labor Party. Michael Dukakis, his rival for the Democratic nomination, jumped on the situation, distributing a tape of Biden's address juxtaposed with its British counterpart. Biden dropped out of the race.
Michelle Obama is Only Proud of Her Country Now?
Another situation that has caused some people to raise their eyebrows towards the Obama camp stems from a quote from Michelle Obama, Barack's wife, had to say during a stump speech on Monday in Milwaukee
"Let me tell you, for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country."Obama claims to be referring to all the Hope that is being spread across the country at this time due to her Husband, but Right-Wingers took it as a chance to kick dirt on the Obama's. Cindy McCain, John's wife, took he time in a rally for her husband to state, " I am proud of my country. I don’t know about you — if you heard those words earlier, I am very proud of my country,”. Another nothing out of something situation in my opinion at least but I guess we will have to wait and see if this story has any more legs to stand on later this week. I would not be surprised to see that if Obama doesn't perform as well or even loses to Clinton in Wisconsin today, people to look back to these to things in order to find some reasons why when in fact if that were to happen it would be because of the voters and the demographics in Wisconsin. We will just have to wait and see.