Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, has already been accused of plagiarizing a speech from former President Barack Obama.
But now people online are quickly noticing they another similarity: Buttigieg has seemed to adopt the former president’s speech voice.
A video comparing the former mayor and the former president making speeches compiled by the Recount shows just how much Buttigieg seems to use the same lines and rhetoric Obama did.
The speech comparison video comes a few days after Buttigieg was accused of plagiarizing a campaign speech given by Obama in 2008 during his first presidential campaign.
Buttigieg tweeted following his loss in the Nevada caucuses, saying “If we can light up a high school gym—we can light a neighborhood. If we can light up a neighborhood—we can light a city. If we can light up a city—we can light up our country.”
People quickly noticed that the tweet was incredibly similar to Obama’s 2008 speech where he said “One voice can change the room. And if the voice can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change the nation, it can change the world.”
Just like the tweet and speech, people didn’t let Buttigieg’s speech voice go unnoticed.