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Obama Ad Libs, Snubs Google In Acceptance Speech

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Obama Ad Libs, Snubs Google In Acceptance Speech

Consumer Watchdog has long been critical of the way Google has had easy access to the corridors of power in the Obama Administration. Now there is a clear sign that the Internet giant has lost its luster with the President.

Perhaps Google’s repeated privacy missteps and antitrust concerns have prompted the President to distance himself. The motive is not clear, but here’s what happened.

Acceptance speeches are tightly scripted and the nominee generally follows the prepared text as it rolls across the TelePrompTer. The text is given to the press before the speech is delivered to facilitate reporting and analysis. According to the text distributed to the media, President Obama was supposed to say:

“We believe that a little girl who’s offered an

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escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could become the founder of the next Google, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States — and it’s in our power to give her that chance.”

Instead he said:

“We believe that a little girl who’s offered an escape from poverty by a great teacher or a grant for college could be the next Steve Jobs, or the scientist who cures cancer, or the President of the United States — and it’s in our power to give her that chance.”

Looks like President Obama understands that Google’s image is crumbling even if his speechwriters don’t.

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This post was written by:

John M. Simpson

- who has written 360 posts on Inside Google.

John M. Simpson is a leading voice on technological privacy and stem cell research issues. His investigations this year of Google’s online privacy practices and book publishing agreements triggered intense media scrutiny and federal interest in the online giant’s business practices. His critique of patents on human embryonic stem cells has been key to expanding the ability of American scientists to conduct stem cell research. He has ensured that California’s taxpayer-funded stem cell research will lead to broadly accessible and affordable medicine and not just government-subsidized profiteering. Prior to joining Consumer Watchdog in 2005, he was executive editor of Tribune Media Services International, a syndication company. Before that, he was deputy editor of USA Today and editor of its international edition. Simpson taught journalism a Dublin City University in Ireland, and consulted for The Irish Times and The Gleaner in Jamaica. He served as president of the World Editors Forum. He holds a B.A. in philosophy from Harpur College of SUNY Binghamton and was a Gannett Fellow at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. He has an M.A. in Communication Management from USC’s Annenberg School for Communication.

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