Feb. 16, 2008
"Don't tell me words don't matter ... 'I have a dream.' Just words. 'We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.' Just words. 'We have nothing to fear but fear itself.' Just words. Just speeches." Barack Obama, speaking during a rally at the Wisconsin Democratic Party Founders Day dinner.
It was later discovered that Obama had "borrowed" that part of his speech from supporter and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The Clinton campaign accused Obama of plagiarism. Patrick later said he had asked Obama to use his words.