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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Gavin Newsom's Heartfelt Beliefs Sound an Awful Lot Like -- Tony Robbins?

Posted By on Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 2:35 PM

By the time Gavin Newsom completed his mind-blowing, seven-and-a-half hour YouTube sermon, he could have started reading names from the phone book or offering family recipes and we'd have been too bleary to notice. This may have been the plan.

But in his Monday speech alongside President Bill Clinton at Los Angeles City College, Newsom said something a bit odd -- at around the 25:28 mark, for those scoring at home -- and we did notice. This was probably not the plan. 

"I've always believed we're nothing but a mirror of our consistent thoughts," Newsom says, only 24 years late for the senior quotes page of his high school yearbook. We're not sure what Newsom means by this and we know we don't much care -- but it is an interesting thing to say. And, surely enough, it's not Newsom's quote.

"Life is nothing but a mirror of your consistent thoughts" turns out to be a bit of wisdom first uttered by famed, 6-foot-8 motivational speaker and infomercial king Tony Robbins -- of whom Newsom is quite an aficionado. Newsom's cribbing of Robbins' quote is not attributed at any point in the speech.

So, we do wonder what other pearls of wisdom Newsom may utter down the campaign trail:

  • "I've always believed that we have nothing to fear but fear itself."
  • "I'm firmly committed to a principle I call 'All You Need Is Love.'" 
  • "The other day an idea came to me: When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. I'm Gavin Newsom and I want your vote."
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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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