As Howard Wolfson busts Barack Obama for lifting a speech wholesale from Deval Patrick, and Obama’s campaign responds in kind, it’s worth noting that at least one other country is considerably less uptight about political plagiarism.
Italy’s Walter Veltroni, who just quit his job as Rome’s mayor to run for Prime Minister with the newly formed Democratic Party, has actually taken to using Obama’s newly re-popularized “Yes We Can” slogan as his campaign motto. And he’s saying it in English.
The phrase, for the record, is generally credited to United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, who came up with “Si se puede” in 1972.
UPDATED: In Tatarstan, too.