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Home Columns A Cup O' Kapeng Barako Barack Obama . . . a Plagiarist?
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Thursday, 21 February 2008 17:30
In her own words, Hillary Rodham Clinton said: “Americans have a choice to make in this election.  It’s about picking a President who relies not just on words, but on work, hard work, to get America back to work, to get America working again for all the people. While words matter greatly, the best words in the world aren’t enough, unless you match them with action.”

Barack Hussein Obama responded: “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?”


Beautiful, gorgeous words, aren’t they?  No wonder those adoring, mindless throng of OBAMBIS were applauding, jumping and gyrating in ecstasy when Mr. Obama boomed those words.


But those soaring, high-faluting, gorgeous-sounding words were not his.  They were PLAGIARIZED.  Yes, copied, word for word.  Yes, they were echoes from a speech delivered by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts during his own political campaign in 2006 in response to a criticism by a political rival who said that Patrick merely offered lofty rhetoric over specifics.


Gov. Patrick boomed also then: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal’ – just words?  Just words?  ‘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?”


Not only that.


In November of 2007, in South Carolina, Mr. Obama said in one of his soaring and inspiring speeches: “I am not asking you to take a chance on me.  I’m also asking you to take a chance on your aspirations . . .”


In June of 2006, in Massachusetts, Gov. Patrick said in one of his speeches: “I am not asking anybody to take a chance on me.  I’m asking you to take a chance on your aspirations.”


There’s more.  The mantra: “Yes, we can!” that Mr. Obama and his supporters chant over and over again in their rallies was also the rallying cry and mantra of Ceasar Chavez and all those Mexican farmers that he led fighting for fair wages and humane living conditions.


Hey, I plagiarize, too.  I copy other people thoughts and words, but NOT word for word, or thought by thought.  I process their words and thoughts first, scramble them and meld them with mine.  All writers and talk heads and pundits all do that.  Anybody who says they don’t … are liars!  Also, I am not a big time politician, like Barack, who aspire to hold the most coveted job in the word: the presidency of the United States of America.  I am just a small time pundit.  Therefore, only, a small time thief, of words. 


MS. CONDI RICE AS OBAMA’S VP: There have been talks and speculations by CNN pundits on the Larry King show that Ms. Condi Rice is being considered as Obama’s VP.  Also, on PBS, on the “Charlie Rose” talk show … a guest on the show, a renowned southern black preacher, whose name I didn’t get, had said that Ms. Rice would be the “right choice” and that he would be “very delighted to see that happened.”


CHARLES BARKLEY FOR SECDEF: On the Filipino CNN (Coconut News Ngayon), there are also talks and speculations by Filipino pundits that Charles Barkley, you know, that former NBA star player and now a motor mouth NBA games commentator should be appointed as Secretary of Defense.  Because, they said, when he used to play for the Phoenix Suns, “he played good defense” and was an “awesome power forward man.”  He was also an awesome barroom brawler.


For that matter, my wife said that Mr. Obama should ask Mr. Michael “His Airness” Jordan to be his ambassador at large to the Middle East.  So that instead of sending soldiers to fight and kill Muslims, Barack Obama y HUSSEIN can just send America’s NBA players to challenge the Muslims to a basketball game.


Hey, what about Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?  I wonder what’s gonna be their role in Obama’s cabinet?   


A FRAY BETWEEN TWO WIVES: The presidential nominees for the two major parties have not been named yet, but ALREADY the fight is on between Sen. John McCain’s wife, Cindy and Sen. Barack Obama’s spouse, Michelle.  


It began when Mrs. Michelle Obama made a remark Monday in Milwaukee.  She said, “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.”


To which Mrs. Cindy McCain said to a crowd at a rally, alluding to Michelle’s remark: “I am proud of my country.  I don’t know about you – if you heard those words earlier – I’m VERY proud of my country . . .”


When asked about the matter, Sen. John McCain said: “I don’t think, we have any comment on that, do we?  Do you have any comment?”


With all due respect, Senator, I do.  I am a Democrat.  But if Sen. Obama wins the Democratic nomination, I’ll vote for you.  I want somebody tested and ready and experienced to be the President of this country that I love.  If I can’t have my candidate, Hillary . . . then you’re the next best thing.  And I think a lot of Americans feel the same way that I do.  JJ

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