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.

  • Jeff

    If the previous Bush is a “moderate” Republican then do we consider the current Bush to be the first “religious right” (pandering) Republican President?

    When did the christian theocrats start to contaminate the Republican Party? It was under Reagan wasn’t it?

  • Tahler

    WTF Obama?

    If your whole candidacy is about words, those words should be your own.

    That’s what I think.

  • nzpudding

    If a day didn’t go by without the Conservatives moaning and whining about something, then something is wrong 😉

  • Calista

    This is the first time in Obama’s wifes adult lifetime that she is proud of this country??

    Whoa.

  • bpigott

    nzpudding

    Actually it was the Clinton camp that brought this to light… Who is whining and moaning now?

  • bpigott

    Calista

    You have to understand that this is a major difference between liberals and conservatives. Liberals have a fundamental disdain for America. How many times have we heard of some jackass celebrity knocking the US while overseas. It’s cool to “hate on” America these days.

  • will

    Liberals don’t have a fundamental disdain for our country. They simply have the ability to acknowledge the perfectly legitimate criticisms of America’s policies while knowing that greater potential is there. Meanwhile, conservatives are concerned with maintaining the status quo. I think that what Michelle Obama is expressing is that for the first time in her adult life our country seems to be on the brink of potentially making the first real steps toward positive change for the benefit of all Americans and their quality of life. Maintaining a broken system is nothing to be proud of. Fear of change and an inability to view our policies objectively are the only thing that is holding us back from true greatness.

  • nzpudding

    bpigott

    I was commenting on the Michelle Obama comment NOT the plagiarism comment.

    HOWEVER, I will comment on the plagiarism bit though. I think it’s a big deal about nothing and makes Clinton look sad and desperate for any bit of dirt on Obama. Yes Obama should have credited his friend, but he didn’t and Deval Patrick doesn’t give two hoots if he did or didn’t

  • bpigott

    nzpudding

    I agree that it doesn’t really matter and is pretty pathetic of Clinton. She knows that she is going down and is just looking for anything to save her sad little sinking ship.

  • bpigott

    will

    You are completely incorrect to say that conservatives are concerned with maintaining the status quo. You are confusing the dictionary meaning of conservative with the actual movement. On a very basic level a conservative is one who favors small government and adheres to the constitution. It has nothing to do with the status quo. If anything, we would like to change the staus quo, especially with regards to immigration, taxes, education, entitlements, and abortion.

    By the way, I don’t think throwing money at every problem is the way to find “true greatness”. Everything that comes out of Obama’s and Clinton’s mouth cost taxpayers money.

  • nzpudding

    bpigott

    Everything costs money, the war in Iraq cost $Billions upon $Billions a year (as just one example) that money could be better spent on say something like FREE healthcare (as another example) Also going from a record surplus to a record defecit under a Republican leader (Bush) who’s going to have to pay for that?

    America’s infrastructure is falling to bits (roads, bridges, dams etc etc etc) so the next President is going to get it tough no matter what. America can’t afford NOT to raise taxes.

  • Stalin

    Liberals have been throwing money at problems for decades and they only make things worse. Just look at education and the welfare systems in this country.

    What would the cost of not fighting in Iraq be? (whole other topic)

    You must be joking about free healthcare. Look at Canada and the UK. It takes 8 months to get an MRI for a brain tumor. You’ll be dead in that time. Canadians come to the US when they need quality and timely care. You need to watch this short film about FREE healthcare:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Rf42zNl9U

    As a small business owner your attitude of “how can you not raise taxes” is absolutely terrifying to me. Raising taxes actually decreases the revenue received by the government. The government is the last place you want to send your money because you will never get it back.

  • nzpudding

    I don’t know where you get your scaremongering statistics from, but that’s just not true about the UK. My wife used to work as a Radiographer in the UK and no way does it take that long for an MRI, CT, Ultrasound or whatever if you’ve got a tumour. That’s just utter nonsense The problem is, like most tumours it probably takes that long before you get any symptoms that require you to seek medical help in the first place, that then requires you to need a scan.

    Private healthcare is always going to be better, that’s a non-brainer, but basic free healthcare for everyone is possible, with an option of private insurance if you wish

    But I believe the Government to start off with should be looking at solutions to cheaper medicines, preventative healthcare like eating properly, getting people to stop smoking etc etc Stopping it before it starts is the real solution.

    I’ve read a few articles now where most Economics Professors say that generally, decreasing taxes doesn’t actually increase revenue. I don’t know how true that actually is or not, as I’m not an economics professor.

    But there’s one thing that most people generally agree on, the spending in Washington is out of control and there’s a debt that’s gone banana’s, coupled with the fact that the infrastructure in America is falling apart. If there’s a solution without raising taxes, then I’m waiting to hear it.

  • Stalin

    nzpudding

    It’s not scaremongering, it’s the truth. Did you see the video? I do agree that everyone should have some sort of minimal care, especially children. However, for those that want to opt out and pay for their own insurance should be granted a voucher, much like the proposed school vouchers that keep getting shot down by the dems.

    I do agree with you on prevention. Huckabee has been promoting this heavily.

    I also agree with you on spending. As a conservative, I am angry with Republicans for letting spending get out of control. I expect that from the dems, not the Republicans. One of the few redeeming values that McCain has is that he is a spending hawk.

    You don’t need to raise taxes to fix infrastructure. Funds can be reallocated. The goverment is insanly wasteful. Take a look at all these federal programs that could be consolidated. There are billions of dollars in savings here. The money is there, it’s just being wasted.

    342 economic development programs;
    130 programs serving the disabled;
    130 programs serving at-risk youth;
    90 early childhood development programs;
    75 programs funding international education, cultural, and training exchange activities;
    72 federal programs dedicated to assuring safe water;
    50 homeless assistance programs;
    45 federal agencies conducting federal crimi­nal investigations;
    40 separate employment and training pro­grams;
    28 rural development programs;
    27 teen pregnancy programs;
    26 small, extraneous K–12 school grant pro­grams;
    23 agencies providing aid to the former Soviet republics;
    19 programs fighting substance abuse;
    17 rural water and waste-water programs in eight agencies;
    17 trade agencies monitoring 400 interna­tional trade agreements;
    12 food safety agencies;
    11 principal statistics agencies; and
    Four overlapping land management agencies.
    (info provided from the Heritage Foundation

  • FBT

    …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.

  • Boy G

    I do not know much about America’s internal affairs but the worst Mistakes Americans made was giving another mandate for bush mean while they do not support the war in Iraq.Americans should try to look at the Pre-9/11 and the effects of the post 9/11 era on their economy.And only then will they be able to make a better choice on who is to become their next President.I do not have to tell american who can in my opinion be their next president but anyone who is buying the ideas of the out going president will be an additional burden on the american taxpayer.

  • nzpudding

    Stalin (nice name..LOL)

    What about having a minimal healthcare for everyone and an option to ‘upgrade’ through private insurance? Opting out completely would leave the system totally broke with no money. It’s a complicated situation with no clear answers, but at least we agree on a minimal healthcare system. Getting rid of the lobbyists and getting some of these enormouse insurance and pharmaceutical companies to reduce their costs when they’re making ridiculous amounts of profit is a start.

    I think the candidate who can successfully say where they’re going to take money from and where they’re going to put it, will win. So far McCain, Clinton & Obama haven’t been convincing or clear about any of that.

  • Stalin

    nzpudding

    Why are you insistant on the government having control over my health? I don’t see how opting out will bankrupt the system, can you please clarify this. With vouchers, you are taking money that the government would be spending on my healthcare and letting me spend on a health plan I prefer. It is a wash in terms of cost to the government.

    With regard to controlling phama profits you need to be careful. If you take away incentive to develop new drugs, they will be less willing to take a risk on a new R&D project. Developing new drugs is incredibly expensive and there are many more failures than successes when it comes to drug trials. If you let government interfere with the risk/reward ratios then you are going to see less innovation.

  • nzpudding

    Stalin, I think you need to stop listening to people like Sean Hannity.

    America is one of the only Western civilizations that doesn’t offer a basic healthcare system for ALL its citizens, yet it has so many problems related to health issues. How can so many countries be wrong?

  • Stalin

    nzpudding

    Here we go with the defacto liberal defense mechanism. Stop listening to Hannity…blah blah blah. Your argument is that we should have FREE healthcare because everyone else does. Just because everyone else is doing it doesn’t make it right. These other countries you speak of have major problems with their socialized medicine programs. I do quite a bit of business in the UK and Canada and I hear nothing but complaints about their systems. Our system certainly isn’t perfect, but we do have the most advanced medical facilities in the world and socialized medicine would completely destroy that. We need a smart solution, not a socialist solution. I think you need to put a little more thought into this issue.