In 2008, Michelle Obama was in the same position as Melania Trump found herself on Monday night: giving a speech to make the case for her husband’s candidacy to become president of the United States.
“Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values,” Obama said at the time, “that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say you’re going to do; that you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don’t know them, and even if you don’t agree with them.”
“Barack and I set out to build lives guided by these values,” she continued, “and pass them on to the next generation. Because we want our children — and all children in this nation — to know that the only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
A moving testament to values shared by two people, offering guidance to the audience on the other side of the camera.
But when Melania Trump took to the stage at the 2016 Republican convention, Journalist Jarrett Hill noticed something interesting: The values that guided Michelle and Barack Obama appear to have also guided Trump — basically verbatim.
Here’s Trump’s speech, as delivered:
“From a young age,” she said, according to prepared remarks, “my parents impressed on me the values that you work hard for what you want in life; that your word is your bond and you do what you say and keep your promise; that you treat people with respect. They taught and showed me values and morals in their daily life.”
“That is a lesson that I continue to pass along to our son, and we need to pass those lessons on to the many generations to follow,” she said. “Because we want our children in this nation to know that the only limit to your achievements is the strength of your dreams and your willingness to work for them.”
Even as Hill’s tweet rocketed around social media, Donald Trump tweeted his praise for her performance.
It was truly an honor to introduce my wife, Melania. Her speech and demeanor were absolutely incredible. Very proud! #GOPConvention
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
July 19, 2016
Trump didn’t write her speech unassisted. CNN’s Zach Wolf reported that Trump had been aided by a speechwriter and had been working on her address for more than a month.
It seems unlikely that Trump’s speechwriter was the same person who came to Michelle Obama’s aid eight years ago.