Melania Trump delivered a powerful speech at the Republican National Convention last night, as she tried to convince voters that her husband is the best choice for America this coming fall. Unfortunately, some believe that portions of her speech was plagiarized, as a few sentences were very similar to the one Michelle Obama delivered in 2008.
Here is a portion from Melania Trump’s speech from last night –
“From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect,” Melania Trump said in her speech. “They taught and showed me morals in their daily life. That is the lesson that I continue to pass along to our son. And we need to pass those lessons on to many generations to follow because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Now compare with Michelle Obama’s speech from 2008 –
“… Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them,” Obama said, according to a transcript. “And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Now compare the 2 passages against each other. The portions in red are differences:
While they might be similar, everyone is forgetting how Barack Obama ripped off George W. Bush back in 2014.
President George W. Bush’s former speech writer said that President Barack Obama plagiarized his former boss in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
Speaking to Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, Marc Thiessen, the lead writer on Bush’s 2007 State of the Union address, said he found Obama’s speech Tuesday night “eerily familiar.”
“Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush,” Thiessen said.
Thiessen then read phrases from the 2007 speech which focused on the theme “hope and opportunity.”
“It was eerily familiar. There were lines like ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity, a future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy, a future of hope and opportunity requires that all citizens have affordable and available healthcare, extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,’ all of that came from the 2007 State of the Union from George W. Bush,” Thiessen said.
Let’s not forget the other examples of speech similarities that can be found out there:
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyJamesG) July 19, 2016
— Harlan Hill (@Harlan) July 19, 2016