Plagiarizing can be verbatim; word for word. Or it can take the form of mosaic plagiarizing, where the words are only slightly altered but the thoughts expressed are still clearly stolen from someone else's work. It seems the latter is what Melania Trump is being accused of. Part of her speech last night was strikingly similar, at times word for word, to the speech Mrs. Obama gave 8 years ago.

Our own governor is drawing Jersey into the fray saying 93% of Mrs. Trump's speech didn't sound anything like Mrs. Obama's. Still, there's that pesky 7%. So does the rest of New Jersey agree?

Plagiarism is a terrible thing. Four score and seven years ago, our fathers didn't do such things. Plagiarism may be one small misstep for man, but one giant leap backwards for mankind. Ask not what plagiarism can do for you, ask what you can do to stop plagiarism. Some men see things as they are, and copy it, others see things that never were, and ask why not be original?

But I digress.

Take a look first at the part of Melania's speech in question:

"From a young age, my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life, that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise, that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily lives. That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son.
And we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow. Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

Now take a look at Mrs. Obama's speech:

"And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values: that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you're going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them, and even if you don't agree with them.
And Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values, and to pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children -- and all children in this nation -- to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them."

Let us know. Is this plagiarism?

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