The inauguration of Donald Trump was one of the most anticipated political events in modern times, with the first official event being staged at the Pentagon.
The event was marked by a slew of controversial statements and actions by the incoming President, including his pledge to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants.
But there was a catch: the speech was plagiarised from the speech of Barack Obama.
In the original speech, Obama delivered his famous commencement address at the University of Chicago in 2008.
Obama had used the speech in his 2016 election campaign to describe himself as a champion of the middle class, and said: “If you can’t succeed because you’re a middle-class American, you can start by trying hard enough.”
“It was one thing for the president to say, ‘If you want a job in the government, get a degree,’ ” said David Plouffe, a former senior adviser to Obama, who wrote the book, ‘The Audacity of Hope: Barack Obama and the Rebirth of American Leadership’.
“But the speech itself is not a good example of Obama as a man, as a politician.
It was so bad that you could hear people laughing.” “
You can’t make the speech good, because it’s so much of a failure.
It was so bad that you could hear people laughing.”
“He should have said, ‘I’ll give you a job and then you can go work for me, you’re fired.'”
Ploufe said that the plagiarism “could have been prevented by saying, ‘Well, I’m a president, I can’t give you that job’,” but added that it “didn’t really matter.”
Trump has said that he did not intend to make a statement in which he was quoting Obama, which “wasn’t a very good thing”.
Obama, however, took exception to Trump’s use of his commencement speech, and claimed that the speech had “changed the way I see America”.
“I think it’s been shown time and time again that the speeches that are given are not representative of the speech that is actually delivered,” he said at the time.
“And if you look at the speeches, what they’re doing is they’re taking from Barack Obama, they’re giving to the first black president, and they’re not trying to make it the same, so I don’t know how it happened.”
“But I will tell you this: if you want to be a good president, you have to take what the speech says from the first thing that you say and then make it your own.
It can’t be something from the last sentence.
You can’t take somebody else’s speech and try to copy it.”
But Trump’s critics have pointed to a statement he made on Fox News on Friday, in which the President said he would “absolutely” pardon former President Barack Obama for his crimes.
“I would pardon Barack Obama if I thought he was guilty of anything,” he told Fox News.
“If I thought that he should be charged with anything, I would have him charged.
And if he’s guilty of nothing, I wouldn’t do it.”
However, this was a statement made before the release of the book.
“The fact that he says he will pardon me, I’ll be very glad,” Trump told Fox.
“It’s a very nice statement.”
The former President has denied any wrongdoing, saying that he was merely expressing his “personal opinion” and not committing a crime.
He has been outspoken in his criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the US election, saying on Monday that the President was “not being treated fairly”.
“It seems to me that if you’re going to be treated fairly, if you don’t want to go to jail, if the press doesn’t want you to be investigated, if they don’t like your policies, if everything that you have is a lie, then you have no right to criticize the administration, and you have nothing to complain about,” he added.
“When the press has treated the President unfairly, when the press treats the president unfairly, they don`t get the press.
They get their facts wrong.”