Video: Clinton accuses Obama of plagiarism, Bush Sr. endorses McCain

Quite a bit going on today so I made a little montage of news coverage from Fox, ABC, and CBS about the day’s events.

Obama has responded to Clinton’s accusations, story from Breitbart:

NILES, Ohio (AP) – campaign_minute Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that he doesn’t think it’s a big deal that he borrowed lines from his friend Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, although he probably should have given him credit.

Patrick said during his gubernatorial campaign a year and a half ago that words matter, like “I have a dream” and “all men are created equal.”

Obama used the same lines Saturday night in Wisconsin. Obama said that Patrick suggested he use the lines to respond to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s suggestion that Obama is more of a talker than a doer.

Clinton spokesman Howard Wolfson accused Obama of plagiarizing Patrick, and that’s particularly troubling since Obama’s appeal is based in large part on his rhetorical skills.

“It raises questions about the premise of his candidacy,” Wolfson told reporters in a conference call.

While this isn’t a big deal, it may speak to the fact that if Obama is presenting himself as an authentic candidate of change, it could mean he’s just a little less authentic. Still, I don’t think there’s a big deal here, mainly that Hillary is grasping at pretty much anything to criticize Obama over.

Now, as for Bush Sr. endorsing McCain, it’s not a bad endorsement, but I don’t think it does much in bringing conservatives into the fold. It’s basically one moderate Republican endorsing another moderate Republican. I’d say an endorsement from Bush Sr. is like Obama’s endorsement from John Kerry. It makes a headline, but probably isn’t going to bring any votes.

Update:

Video of Michelle Obama:

Full text:

“What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I’ve seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it’s made me proud.”

She’s taken a bit of flack for this today, mainly from the conservative side.