Barack Obama inspired the nation on Tuesday with his inauguration speech as the new president of the United States. But new Jets head coach Rex Ryan, set to be introduced as the new head coach of the New York Jets less than 24 hours later, claims Obama stole his planned speech nearly word-for-word.
â€œI donâ€™t know how he got a hold of what I had prepared, and I know it may sound extremely improbable that Barack Obama would steal a speech from me â€“ Rex Ryan, some random defensive coordinator â€“ but he did,â€ said Ryan. â€œWhile I realize he is very busy and may have been out of oratory material, I wish he hadnâ€™t ripped me off. I worked hard on my speech. It was going to be pretty sweet.â€
Ryan says Obama opened his speech exactly as he had planned to address Jets fans after being introduced by team owner Woody Johnson: â€œI stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.â€
The new coach says he was to continue by acknowledging the teamâ€™s late-season collapse, stirring â€œJets nationâ€ with a trusted football word play â€“ a war analogy: â€œThat we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.â€
He was to go on: â€œThese are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land -- a nagging fear that the Jetsâ€™ decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.â€
After acknowledging the problems, Ryan says he planned to then instill hope in the teamâ€™s fanbase: â€œToday I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, Jets fans: They will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our game plans.â€
Ryan acknowledges his speech was perhaps a bit more verbose and high-minded than the average new coach introduction â€“ and says thatâ€™s exactly why the alleged theft so bothers him.
â€œIâ€™m a big, doofy-looking, chubby dude. I mean, Iâ€™m Buddy Ryanâ€™s son, for crying out loud,â€ he said. â€œI scream moron. Most people just assume Iâ€™m sort of dull and stupid. Thatâ€™s why I wanted to deliver such a speech â€“ to prove I am more than that.â€
Now forced to adjust on the fly for his introduction, Ryan said he will probably have to resort to the same boring, clichÃ©-filled speech given by most every new head coach.
â€œIâ€™ll probably say that I want to change the culture of losing or something like that,â€ said Ryan. â€œAnd then maybe Iâ€™ll say how a strong defense is important to winning a championship. Nothing special. But trust me, had President Obama not stolen my speech, I totally would have wowed everyone. Honest. I speak really, really ... good and stuff.â€