Saturday, March 17, 2012
"The Clinton campaign has specifically cited a phrase pulled from one of Deval Patrick's gubernatorial campaign speeches, which champions the power of words.
In 2006 Patrick gave a speech quoting famous phrases: "'We have nothing to fear, but fear itself,' … just words. 'Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.' Just words. … 'I have a dream' … just words,'" he said, switching effortlessly from FDR to JFK to MLK.
On Saturday in Wisconsin, Obama said, "Don't tell me words don't matter. … 'I have a dream.' Just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Just words. Just speeches."
Obama also campaigned in 2004 on the slogan, "Yes we can," which Patrick did in 2006."
ABC News account of plagiarism charge by Clinton campaign
"As reported by the Chicago Sun Times on Friday from South Carolina:
"Don't be hoodwinked. Don't be bamboozled," Obama told crowds several times during the day.
As a movie and Denzel fan, those words were very familiar to me. They're from Spike Lee's Malcolm X. I remember going to see that movie soon after Bill Clinton won in 1992.
They were the eternal words of Malcolm X regarding political maneuvering in the African American community."