September 29, 2006

JUST IN CASE HE WASN'T AMERICAN ENOUGH BEFORE:

Blair pinched speech from The Grapes of Wrath (GORDON RAYNER, 27th September 2006, Daily Mail)

Mr Blair has confided to friends that he drew inspiration for his big sign-off from a favourite passage of John Steinbeck's 1939 classic The Grapes of Wrath.

The Premier ended his last conference speech by telling delegates: 'Whatever you do, I'm always with you. Head and heart. Next year I won't be making this speech. But in the years to come, wherever I am, whatever I do, I'm with you. Wishing you well, wanting you to win.'

He later admitted he had borrowed heavily from a speech by Tom Joad, the central character of Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning novel about the Great Depression.


Unlike Joe Biden, he had sense enough not to also claim he was the son of a sod-busting Okie.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 29, 2006 11:53 AM
Comments

It would be more appropriate if Biden cribbed the "Tell me about the rabbits, George" line from Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" for his campaign.

Posted by: John at September 29, 2006 12:57 PM

Wow! who knew that Tony Blair walked the "Streets of Bakersfield"? Buck, Merle and Dwight must be proud to have so much in common with him.

Posted by: jdkelly at September 29, 2006 6:18 PM

"Wherever there's a bobby beatin' up a guy, I'll be there..."

P.S. Special props to jdkelly for mentioning the best country song ever written.

Posted by: H.D. Miller at September 30, 2006 10:28 AM
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