|This photo has been flying around the Internet this morning|
after Melania Trump plagarized parts of Michelle Obama's
2008 address at the Democratic National Convention. Ooops.
The Republican National Convention is NOT going that well.
All the headlines this morning are about Melania Trump's speech.
That was expected.
What I didn't expect was this morning's headlines to note that Melania said exactly what Michelle Obama said during the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Yep, it seems Melania Trump plagarized Michelle Obama. And she plagiarized the section of Obama's speech that dealt with hard work and honesty.
Melanie Trump last night said that her parents told her that "you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promises; that you treat people with respect."
Actually, Michelle Obama, not Melanie's parents told her that.
Here's what Michelle Obama said during the 2008 Democratic National Convention:
"You work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect."
Hmmm, see any similarities between Michelle Obama in 2008 and Melania Trump in 2016?
Last night, Melania Trump went on to talk about children: "We want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
In 2008, Michelle Obama said., "We want our children - and all children in this nation - to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."
OK, Melania changed a few words around, but, um.....
You'd think somebody would have vetted the speech and found the copycat lines. Or did the Trump campaign think nobody would notice?
Let's list some of the problems with this, just to spell it out to the Trump campaign:
1. People have such good memories. Especially of good speeches. Like Michelle Obama's. Even Donald Trump himself tweeted in 2008 after Michelle finished: "Very good speech by @MichelleObama - and under great pressure - Dems should be proud!"
It was just as easy for everybody else to find Michelle's speech as it was for Melania to find it.
2. Melania's speech was given at the Republican National Convention. Michelle's speech was given at a Democratic convention, those commies! Is the GOP going soft too and acting like those "horrible liberals?"
3. As noted, the lines Melania lifted were about honesty and hard work. Explain, please, how it is honest and hard working to copy and paste words from a speech given eight years ago.
Social media this morning is of course having an absolute joyous field day with this.
The big trending hashtag on Twitter this morning is #FamousMelaniaTrumpQuotes.
Two of my favorite are: "Barack Obama is still the same man I fell in love with all those years ago."
"I have a dream that one day this nation wil rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: Marry rich."
Of course, the Republican convention has already given us other related laughs.
Scott Baio, that famous actor (who the hell is he? Oh yeah, Joannie and Chachi) gave a speech in which he defined what America means. Said the Great Scott: "It doesn't mean getting free stuff."
Yeah, like plagarized sections of Michelle Obama speeches.
Let's see, there's Antonio Sabato Jr., the former underwear model, stumping for Trump at the convention by tellling everyone who would listen that he "absolutely" believes Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Yeah, yeah, Antonio, put your pants on will ya?
At this point, I can't WAIT for Donald Trump's speech, during which, in a stroke of originality, he will tell us "we have nothing to fear but fear itself and I'm going to make you very afraid," and "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for me."