Buttigieg caught parroting Obama's famous speech during campaign, gets mocked: 'He thinks he's the next Obama'
38-year-old Pete Buttigieg had previously been mocked a weekend tweet of his that resembled a motivational statement from former President Obama
Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg has been accused of plagiarising Barack Obama in many of his campaign speeches.
A video compilation that features side by side comparisons of the two men's speeches clearly shows Buttigieg use almost the exact same words as the former president on many occasions. The video emerged after Buttigieg faced mockery over the weekend for a motivational tweet that he seemingly took from one of the mentioned speeches.
You can watch the video here.
While describing how the audience at a campaign event used their phone screen lights when there was a power cut, Buttigieg had tweeted, "If we can light up a high school gym – we can light a neighborhood. If we can light up a neighborhood – we can light a city. If we can light up a city – we can light up our country."
Many right-wing social media users noted how Buttigieg's tweet was very similar to one that Obama had tweeted on the eve of the 2012 election. Obama's tweet had read, "One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state."
He was called out for the similarity by several people including the host of the 'View' Meghan McCain. McCain shared on Twitter, "Oh COME ON! I know Pete thinks he’s the next Obama but this is ridiculous." Logan Hall also tweeted, "Tfw you copy your friend’s homework and make a few slight changes so it won’t look too obvious."
However, some of the left also made note of the tweet and Obama campaign veteran and speechwriter Jon Lovett responded saying, "Oh man."
Buttigieg has also been called out for tweeting a picture of himself showing him walking down a hallway which people said looked staged and uncomfortable. He is currently hoping that he will perform well in upcoming primaries to restart the momentum that he had gained from commendable performances in Iowa and New Hampshire.