Geraldo: Obama got speeches from 'black genius camp'
On the Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends, Geraldo Rivera was keeping the flames of the Barack Obama "plagiarism" story alive. The Fox News commentator argued that the Illinois Democratic senator had developed a "formula" for taking political power, and he knew where that formula came from.
"When I saw that they were the same words that Deval Patrick, the black guy who won the Massachusetts mayor, the Massachusetts governor had used, I said to myself, it seems so premeditated. It's almost as if they went to a camp where these black geniuses got together and figured out how to beat the political system in a sense that alright, let's reference the civil rights movement, let's talk about change, it's almost formulaic," Geraldo argued. "What seems so spontaneous and original now to me seemed kind of driven by advisors and media consultants and premeditated, and it really left a sour taste."
Rivera added that the "mini-scandal" had "diminished the romance" for him with Obama.
This video is from Fox's Fox & Friends, broadcast February 22, 2008.
Transcript via closed captions
:: brian: Geraldo, tell mee were the debate -- me about the debate last night.
:: if i can modify your question, brian. i was really struck by the barack obama page barack obama plagiarism -- brian: i'll modify it. what struck you were the debate?
:: when i saw that they were the same word z s that patrick, the massachusetts governor had used, i said it seems so premeditated. it's almost fast they weren't to a camp where these black geniuses got together and figured out how to beat the political system in a sense that all right, let's reference the civil rights movement, let's talk about change, it's almost form laic, what seems so spontaneous and original now to me seemed kind of driven by advisors and media consultants and premeditated, and it really left a sour taste. the story is there and it's gone and everything, but whenever i look at obama now who i think is an unbelievable charismatic figure, i have to say yeah, but how premeditated some? what's the other formula that they're going to use? judge: we all do a lot of public speaking here at fox and elsewhere, and sometimes you just capture a line, the thoughts come to your brain, and whether it's nothing to fear but fear itself, all men are created equally.
:: i think you're giving him too much credit, he's a politician. one of the things we have to recognize they're all politicians running for a political office, and he has chosen a path that is proven by testing and by paid consultants, and it definitely diminishes the romance, at least to me, to some degree. gretchen: and also because he had been given so much credence for his oratory skills.
:: it sounded so original and fresh. brian: she tried to hit him with that xerox line, she got booed.
:: the partisans of obama want new politics, they don't want these negative attacks, so i can understand how it would generate -- how harsh, cold assessments can affect in a negative way someone who's there for a very romantic reason. i don't mean romantic.