Obama on Tuesday, Sept. 9:
"John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove-style politics. That’s just calling the same thing something different. You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years.”
Political cartoon by Tom Toles in Washington Post on Sept. 5, with McCain/Palin saying:
"Watch out, Mr. Bush! With the exception of economic policy and energy policy and social issues and tax policy and foreign policy and Supreme Court appointments and Rove-style politics, we're coming in there to shake things up!"
The cartoon is on the net.
The incident was satirized by Scott Ott at scrappleface:
“This is my campaign not Sarah Palin’s,” said Sen. Obama at a hastily-arranged news conference. “You people should be talking about me. Why don’t you jump on me for me ripping off Tom Toles, the Washington Post cartoonist, whose line I repeated almost word-for-word as if I had written it myself. Now, that’s a story!”
Sen. Obama called his use of the cartoonist’s work “an act of plagiarism reminiscent of Joe Biden” and complained that “journalists just let it pass so they could talk about Palin, pigs and lipstick. It’s time to bring change to the news media, and return to the days when Barack Obama was always the big story.”
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And, of course, Obama got his "gold-plated" patents idea from an article by three law professors.