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Borrowed Inspiration? (Updated)

I wanna hold your hand!So, Barack Obama doesn’t write his own poetic and insrpiring words. Well, few politicians do. I could swear I’ve heard some of the stuff I’ve written come out of the mouths of various people from time to time. (I don’t mind as long as I get paid. Euros only, please)

It’s not the fact that he is lifting inspiration from Deval Patrick’s speeches ( and who wrote them for *him*). No, the problem is that this is the characteristic that Obama is most noted for. He has staked almost the entirety of his campaign on delivering lines like this as if they come straight from some inner conviction. He is lauded to the point of inducing nausea in us Clintonistas for his ability to deliver stump speeches that cause grown women to faint from La Petite Mort

But it turns out that Obama is no more than than a Christian to a more poetic Cyrano de Bergerac. Just another pretty face to woo the ladies.

It certainly explains his poor debate appearances where he has to write his own material.

Update: Tweety and Andrea Mitchell are completely laughable! They are trying very hard to equate Obama’s borrowed inspiration to Hillary Clinton reciting the common verse from Isaiah, “Send me!” because Bill said it once too in a completely different context. Heck, even I’ve used that phrase. Was that the best they could do? Send me? I’d like to say that Andrea’s credibility is shot by this but, actually, it was shot a long time ago. It has now entered the realm of fiasco for Mitchell. And Tweety is just an entertainer for the Maxim set.

9 Responses

  1. On the debate side, he did well at the last one when he could sort of go off on a riff. He stinks at the short, succinct answers.

    Not usre how this latest will play in WI. Do they care? Is it an issue for them?

  2. Judith: when there are enough undecideds to swing the vote to one or the other, this kind of thing could very well make the difference. They are waiting for *something* to point them in the right direction. And nothing loses your votes quicker than undermining one’s credibility. Looking like a phony is deadly.
    If it hits the evening news with any splash at all, it could be the thing that does it.
    We’ll see. He’s still ahead and there are factors that we don’t know about, and butterfly effects that could change things radically.

  3. reason I ask is that I saw the way it was written up on the Journal Sentinel – which someone refrred to somewhere – Taylor Marsh? if you look at it I am not sure it is particularly harmful the way they put it – so while you and I find it cheesey, will the cheeseheads?

    ps – I just had a slice of the BEST cheese.

  4. I think this should be a very big deal. Obama is all about his speeches and when you take that away there is little to him that is noteworthy. I personally find him arrogant and lacking in personality. At least Deval seems more personable. Obama can only inspire his worshiper with his words. Now that people (other than Obamabots who have drunk the kool-aid and will defend him no matter what) now know that everything he is running on is fake, it can be damaging enough to the Obama campaign if independent voters decide to vote for Clinton or McCain because of this. I think things can and should be a lot worse for him but I’m sure the media and pundits on MSNBC will not make a big deal out of this. I read that Chris Matthews was already defending Obama so I also wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to spin this to make Clinton look desperate and evil as they usually do whenever her campaign tries to confront Obama on anything.

  5. Obama is about his speeches, but not in the words-on-paper way. He’s about the speeches only when you see the dashing guy in the flesh or on the screen…his words are well-crafted boilerplate blathering Americana. The draw is the black-but-not-too-black, Bidenesque “articulate” guy…straight from Central Casting to vindicate America’s journey to racial justice, without scaring anyone in the process.

    That’s the big unspoken element to Obama’s speechifying mystique.

    As for plagiarism, who would need or want to plagiarize this pablum?

  6. Rich: You are right about that whole post-racial thing and to be honest, most people Obama’s age and younger could give a rat’s ass whether he’s black, white, yellow or purple with big orange polkadots. THAT’S not what people are going all ga-ga over when it comes to Obama. It the whole hope thing, the unity thing, the self-actualization rhetoric. Obama is claiming to be the next JFK and in this particular quote that he got caught on he cites “We hold these truths to be self evident”, “I have a dream” the like, That is what the Obamaphiles are hearing, as if there is a shortcut to a new Space Age and American technical superiortiy and getting our dignity back. Obama makes it sound like the most noble goal that anyone could ever want to attain Voting for him is going to Change! things.
    It is his gift to deliver a stump speech and get people to their feet (although I saw no evidence of this at YearlyKos07 where he looked bored by the whole thing). And people wouldn’t repond to it if they didn’t think they were his words delivered straight from the heart. But they are NOT his words. He has just memorized them and learned how to deliver them with the proper timing.
    And that is why Clinton has been making such a big deal about the power of words, that words are not enough. If there is no hard work behind it, you have nothing. And the voters in WI woke up today to the possibility that behind Obama’s words is nothing. The Clinton camp set him up and he took the bait and the undecideds are going to go into that booth tomorrow and that’s the last thing they are going to hear.
    When a vote is this close, you can’t afford to let this happen. He will probably still win it but I’ll bet it won’t be the landslide his campaign needs right now to keep his momentum going into the other rust belt states where the population is older, more working class and a whole heck of a lot less black than Delawarem Maryland and Virginia.

  7. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: we’re not voting for Prom King, people.

  8. No Blood: but I think that’s what Obama’s handlers want to create- a prom king. They are thinking, incorrectly, that it is a personality deficit that has lost us the WH in the past seven years. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The problem is not the personality, it the perception management as crafted by the GOP-media complex.
    What are Obama’s handlers going to do when the facade comes down?
    I don’t think we’ll have to wait for the Republicans to take him out. We on the left are perfectly capable of doing it ourselves. You know it’s going ot happen. I’d prefer it happened now instead of in December but I;m going to be that come September, the netroots are going to be really sorry they didn’t listen.
    This is *worse* than just GOP attacks. This is a man who is totally unprepared putting his poitical career on the line and capitulating to Republicans and independents because *someone(s)* has decided that it’s too risky to allow Clinton to run.
    I don’t like it one bit. They are going to lead us to disaster.

  9. Yesterday, Taylor Marsh wrote about this topic. In my reply, I wrote:

    “I have a dream” was magnificent. It was inspiring.

    However, “I have a dream” could have been just words.

    It was not.

    Because of what Martin Luther King did before and after that speech.

    Because Martin Luther King wedded that dreams with action.

    I should have added:
    And Dr. King wrote his own speeches.

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