Not everyone who criticized the State of the Union address did so because Obama attempted to lock in mammoth government in perpetuity. Alvin Felzenberg, a presidential scholar and former presidential speechwriter, has accused Obama of plagiarizing much of the speech, as well. Alex Fitzsimmons at NewsBusters writes:
“President Obama’s second State of the Union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince,” quipped Felzenberg, himself a former presidential speechwriter. “Had the president submitted the text of his second State of the Union Address in the form of a college term paper, he would have been sent forthwith to the nearest academic dean.”Felzenberg asserted that Obama plagiarized Woodrow Wilson, Mario Cuomo, Margaret Thatcher, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, among others, but broadcast networks and cable outlets have all ignored the charges…
Meanwhile, print and online media outlets are buzzing about Felzenberg’s claims.
The Wall Street Journal, Fox Nation, and Washington Examiner all linked to Felzenberg’s U.S. News piece. The Los Angeles Times posted a more comprehensive assessment of the president’s apparent plagiarism early this morning that included a nod to Felzenberg and a reminder to readers that some of Obama’s speeches during the 2008 election shared some “striking similarities” to those of Democrat Deval Patrick, the governor of Massachusetts.
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