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These are also pillars of Obama's thought. Here's Brian Miller of United for a Fair Economy explaining to a television interviewer how "you didn't make it alone." Note from the interview that his ideas have been around for years. Like the president's speech at the Roanoke fire station, they are echoes of an earlier, unnamed source:

But if more data were needed to establish similarity -- because after all nobody will believe that President Obama was influenced by Brian Miller -- let's turn to Valerie Jarrett (video at the link). And this time there can be no mistake, because it is widely known that Jarrett is one of the president's closest associates. Jarrett sounds exactly like Obama. Or maybe it's the other way around: Obama sounds like Jarrett. At any rate, they sound alike. She said:

"People want fairness. They know that people didn't get wealthy alone. They got wealthy because they live in a country that where a government is doing what it's supposed to do. Educates our children, it provides infrastructure, roads and bridges. It provides the research dollars for science and technology. And so when you do well in America, as we want everyone to do, you also a responsibility to your country and make sure that it's a country where everybody has a chance to move to the middle class, and do well and have that great invention that turns into a global company that started in a garage. Everybody should have that opportunity. That's what the president is fighting for," Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said on MSNBC tonight.

If no business can exist in a vacuum, neither can any politician's talking points. It is perfectly understandable that Barack Obama's economic and political philosophy are not entirely of his own making. Most of it is derivative, but derivative of what?

The uncharitable will say that the president's ideas are nothing but warmed-over socialism. But that would be unfair. According to the president himself, he is a centrist to the core. In fact, if Ronald Reagan were alive today, the Gipper would be a flaming communist by comparison:

Obama also claimed that he holds positions that 20 or 15 years ago "would have been considered squarely centrist positions. What's changed is the center of the Republican Party." Oh, and Ronald Reagan "could not get through a Republican primary today."