Speed Reads


Marco Rubio's Iowa speech started off a lot like Obama's in 2008

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) came in third in Monday's Iowa caucus. As Mediaite notes, his speech sounded just a little familiar:

To start, here's Rubio:

So this is the moment they said would never happen. For months, for months they told us we had no chance. For months they told us because we offer too much optimism in a time of anger, we had no chance. For months they told us because we didn't have the right endorsements or the right political connections, we had no chance. They told me that we have no chance because my hair wasn't gray enough and my boots were too high. [Mediaite]

Now, here's then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) after beating Hillary Clinton in Iowa in 2008:

They said this day would never come. They said our sights were set too high. They said this country was too divided, too disillusioned to ever come together around a common purpose. But on this January night, at this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said we couldn't do. [Mediaite]

Of course, of the two men, only Obama was victorious:

Even Obama's former director of speechwriting chimed in on the uncanny similarities. Julie Kliegman