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A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush says he recognized several phrases in President Barack Obama's State of Union speech on Tuesday – because he wrote them.
"Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush," Marc Thiessen, lead speechwriter for Bush's 2007 State of the Union address, said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "The Kelly File."
Thiessen read aloud multiple quotes from Obama's speech in which he referenced "hope and opportunity." All of those lines came from Bush's 2007 speech, he said.
“It was eerily familiar,” Thiessen said. “There were lines like, ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity. A future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy. A future of hope and opportunity requires our citizens have affordable and available health care.’ ‘Extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy.’ All of that came from the 2007 State of the Union address by George W. Bush. So, Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush.”
Then after realizing I'd just sat through Obama's agonizing live version it changed my mind.
But after checking Obama's SOTU speech transcript there are no matches, at least no exact matches. Sorry OP, doesn't seem to be true. I've linked both transcripts if anyone wants to take a better look.