On Monday evening Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny made a speech introducing President Barack Obama to the 25,000-strong crowd at Dublin’s College Green. As rousing as his speech was it seems that it was remarkably like a speech made by Obama back in 2008.
The first few lines of Kenny’s speech were almost exactly the same as the opening lines of a speech made by Obama at a rally in Grant Park, Chicago on the night he won the Presidential Elections.
In 2008 Obama said:
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
On Monday evening Kenny said:
“If there’s anyone out there who still doubts that Ireland is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our ancestors is alive in our time, who still questions our capacity to restore ourselves, reinvent ourselves and prosper, today is your answer.”
Apparently Kenny’s speechwriter had intended to make reference to Obama’s speech, however, they forgot to tell anybody.
Speaking on behalf of Kenny a spokesperson said “I think what the Taoiseach was doing was drawing on a very well-known speech by Barack Obama and just putting it into an Irish context and an Irish setting…There was no plagiarism, he was just drawing on it.”
However others have pointed out that 36 of the 48 works in Kenny’s introduction were the same are Obama’s address.
In fact, 36 of Mr Kenny's first 48 words were exactly the same as the earlier address by Obama. The massive crowd greeted Kenny’s seven-minute address with applause and cheers.