Roger Pugh

Letter to America: Unconventional Wisdom

In his latest Letter to America, Australian Roger Pugh questions what the brouhaha is surrounding Melania Trump directly plagiarizing Michelle Obama.


G’day Americans,

It’s difficult for us down here to understand all the fuss up there about Melania borrowing a few lines from Michelle for her Convention address.

For months, there have been calls for the Trump campaign to become more politically correct. It’s virtually impossible for Melania to become any more correct than saying the same things as the First Lady.

The furor unleashed by this initiative has revealed the surprising fact that most Americans are not aware most speeches at the Republican and Democratic Conventions are repeats of previous triumphal but instantly forgettable orations made at previous ones.

The reality is that no one remembers what was said at the conventions four years ago, let alone eight and beyond. So it’s obviously a waste of time to create new material for each convention when there’s so much quality stuff to choose from previous ones which people have forgotten about.

Virtually no one noticed how much Trump’s convention speech owed to Ronald Reagan and of course Mike Pence’s best line was the advice that, before you strike up a conversation with a pit bull at a hockey game, you should check whether she’s wearing lipstick.

Of course, there’s always the risk that some clever dick will rabbit on about plagiarizing, but they’ll be simply dismissed as perennial pains-in-the-arse who are repeating politically-motivated accusations made about previous conventions.

Trump was obviously determined to put on the sort of convention that Romney, McCain, and the Bushes will be sorry to have missed especially as his major address contained material which would have brought back old memories.

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in what Hillary’s going to say at the Democratic Convention, all you’ve got to do is look up Bill’s old speeches. It’s unlikely anyone will pick the plagiarism because the only speeches of his that anyone is likely to remember were all about Monica, and Hillary is unlikely to use quotes from them.

On reflection, however, it’s hard to imagine how a more politically-correct Trump would be an improvement on the currently incorrect version.

Roger Pugh




Roger Pugh

Following a career that comprised heading up global marketing departments and advertising agencies Roger made a seachange to his hobby of humorous writing by co-founding Political Satire site, Friday Mash. Roger is now the Native Content Director, heading up The Big Smoke’s Creative team and a regular political columnist in both Australian and USA editions of The Big Smoke.

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