Barack Obama: Plagiarist?

by Ben Johnson

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.

What can you expect from the man who picked Joe Biden?

About Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson is the editor of several conservative websites. A seasoned journalist, he has broken a host of news stories of national importance and written sizzling editorials that started the nation talking. A former talk show host, he has been a guest on The Michael Savage Show, Nothing But Truth with Crane Durham, Crosstalk on VCY America, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Bob Dutko Show, and scores of local programs. The Managing Editor of FrontPage Magazine (2004-2010) and previously its Associate Editor (2003-2004), he is the author of three books. He maintains his own website,, which you can view here. You can contact him here.
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3 Responses to Barack Obama: Plagiarist?

  1. kenny1801 says:

    Well, when you have a PHONY PRES., who cannot even write his OWN NAME, what do you EXPECT????!!!

  2. dhellew2 says:

    Most people with many aliases are known criminals and have done jail time. Obama has so many aliases its no wonder he is confused about everything. He doesn't even know who he is but he should be in prison for his crimes, better yet, Joe's tent city jail!

  3. jparchery02 says:

    please you cannot blame this on chairman obama ………his teleprompter told him to say it …so he did, we all know this black muslim usurper cant even talk to a six grade class with out his mechanical mouth, im living for the day we get to see this treasonous criminal sitting in ol sparky and they ask him if he has any last words and he says yes and they bring out his teleprompter ….with out an extension cord………………….he'll be tongue tied and fried

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