"I'm happy to give Deval credit, as I give credit to a lot people for spurring all kinds of ideas," he said. "But I think that it is fair to say that everything that we've been doing in generating excitement and the interest that people have in the election is based on the core belief in me that we need change in America."Note: Those of you participating in the Obama Drinking Game should have taken one shot at this point. Please, pace yourself today!
Because Obama says he had discussed these words with Gov. Patrick, it does not seem to fit the definition of plagiarism. However, it does strike me as fairly dishonest and yes -- phony. He's selling us on the idea of change and new ideas while recycling someone else's campaign speech.
His charm is lost on me. As Hillary Clinton has said: "If your whole candidacy is about words, they should be your own words."