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Obama’s Plagiarized Speech in Question

There was a lot of fuss recently over political hopeful Barack Obama’s “Just Words” speech. The New York Times revealed that much of the language used in this speech was borrowed from Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, and the Clinton camp quickly pounced on this revelation. Patrick, however, appeared on GMA to downplay the issue stating that the accusations are "an elaborate charge and an extravagant one." He also added that they’ve known each other for 15 years and have talked extensively during both their campaigns. Check out the side by side of the two speeches. Your take: Do you think the fact that the two are close friends and that Patrick isn’t phased by the similarities makes it okay? Should Barack have given credit where it was due, or is it a mute point since they both cited from MLK, FDR, JFK and the Declaration of Independence?

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There was a lot of fuss recently over political hopeful Barack Obama's "Just Words" speech. The New York Times revealed that much of the language used in this speech was borrowed from Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick, and the Clinton camp quickly pounced on this revelation. Patrick, however, appeared on GMA to downplay the issue stating that the accusations are "an elaborate charge and an extravagant one." He also added that they've known each other for 15 years and have talked extensively during both their campaigns. Check out the side by side of the two speeches.

Your take: Do you think the fact that the two are close friends and that Patrick isn't phased by the similarities makes it okay? Should Barack have given credit where it was due, or is it a mute point since they both cited from MLK, FDR, JFK and the Declaration of Independence?