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President Repeats 'Work Together' at Press Conference, Reveals GOP Strategy to Steal Message from Democratic Party For months, now, Democratic leadership in Washington has been repeating a powerful new party message: Together, We can Do Better. Today, President Bush plagiarized...

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Frameshop, 01/26/2006

President Repeats 'Work Together' at Press Conference, Reveals GOP Strategy to Steal Message from Democratic Party

For months, now, Democratic leadership in Washington has been repeating a powerful new party messageTogether, We can Do Better.  Today, President Bush plagiarized this message at his press conference, revealing that his State of the Union theme has been shoplifted from the Democratic Party.



According to Josephine Hearn of The Hill, writing about the Democrat's use of the new slogan "Together, We Can Do Better":

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) used it as early as Sept. 29, during a press conference on Hurricane Katrina relief, according to a search of an online news database. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) first used it in a similar Katrina press event Sept. 15.

Since then, it has become a common refrain in Democratic leadership statements, usually appearing at the end of Pelosi's press releases or sprinkled liberally in Reid's comments. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) used it in the Democratic radio address on Saturday. Reid plastered it across the backdrop of an event held last week.

(see the full article here)

Well, lo and behold, this 'common refrain in Democratic leadership statements' since last November--the Democratic message for the 2006 elections--has been pinched by President, commandeered by the Commander-in-Chief, expropriated by the Executive branch, seized by the White House speech writers.

Here is a clip from the President's Press Conference, today, in which he explicitly used the phrase 'work together' almost half a dozen times:

I recognize this is an election year, but I believe that we can work together to achieve results. In other words, I think we can set aside the partisanship that inevitably will come with an election year, and get some stuff done. And that's what I'm going to call Congress to do.

We've got -- must work together to protect our nation's security. I'm going to continue do everything within my authority to protect the American people. We're going to stay on the offense in the war against terror. We'll hunt down the enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere. We'll continue our terrorist surveillance program against al Qaeda. Congress must reauthorize the Patriot Act so that our law enforcement and intelligence and homeland security officers have the tools they need to route the terrorists -- terrorists who could be planning and plotting within our borders. And we'll do all this and at the same time protect the civil liberties of our people.

(read the rest here)

So, this is what the President has done, just to make it clear:

"Together, We Can Do better" (Democratic Message)
"We Can Work Together"  (President's State of the Union Message)

Yep.  It's plagiarism plain and simple.  But this strategy worked for the Bush team before.  The question I have is this:  Will this go unnoticed by the media?

Can such a blatant attempt by the President to steal the 2006 election message from the President go unnoticed, unreported and otherwise unobserved by our so-called impartial and informed press?

I seriously wonder if anyone will pick up on this story.

Write a letter to your local editor. Make sure they see what is going on.

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