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Yes, We Can!

Posted by shadmia on February 10, 2008


First off let me say that I am not a Barack Obama supporter. However I do agree with a lot that he has to say and would not be totally disappointed if he did capture the Democratic nomination from Hillary Clinton. Obama does have an excellent organization that is working very hard to get him the nomination…..but the key is Obama himself. He is a charismatic speaker and has the unique ability among all the other politicians to inspire hope and a sense that there could be a better way. He generates excitement in the oftentimes dreary world of politics. His supporters are energetic, highly motivated and talented as evidenced by the following video done by the rapper, songwriter and producer, front-man for the Black Eyed Peas.

There is an infectious melody to this song that encourages you to sing along but more importantly there is the message that has been echoed throughout the history of the struggle for equality and human rights –Yes We Can!

Below are selected verses from the song that highlight the message and the emotion that Barack Obama brings to politics.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation – Yes, We Can!
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed the trails towards freedom – Yes, We Can!
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out to distant shores…..pioneers who pushed westward against the unforgiving wilderness – Yes, We Can!
It was the call of workers organized, women who reached for the ballots, a president who chose the moon as our new frontier, a King who took us to the mountain top, pointing the way to the promised land – Yes, We Can!


Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.


We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check, we’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope, but in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope.


We will remember that there is something happening in America, that we are not as divided as our politics suggests, we are one people, we are one nation and together we will begin the next great chapter in the American story with three words that will ring from coast to coast, from sea to shining sea – Yes, We Can! who made the video says he was inspired to create it while watching Obama’s speech after his second-place finish to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary:

“It was as if he was talking to and defending everything that made me who I am. I took that speech, and I wanted everyone else to be inspired by that speech as I was.”

Obama is a fan of the video and recommended it to reporters on his campaign plane after he saw it Saturday. The campaign posted it on its Web site with a form so people can share it, and aides played it to warm up the crowd at an event headlined by Oprah Winfrey in Los Angeles on Sunday.

His wife, Michelle, is also proud of what her husband’s fans can do, saying that the video touched her deeply, she encouraged people to share the video:

“Sharing this video, which was created by supporters, is one more way to help start a conversation with your friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else who will be voting soon about the issues important to them in this election.” who would like to see Obama become president says that he made the video not just to encourage people to vote for Obama but also to “remind people how powerful they are”

“The idea of ‘Yes We Can’ doesn’t stop because he doesn’t win.”


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4 Responses to “Yes, We Can!”

  1. amberfireinus said

    Whilst I like your comments about Obama, and agree with your basic points, I have to laugh when it comes to the credibility of someone like any member of the Black Eyed Peas backing anyone for election. Their songs are hardly have any kind of a moral base that we should rely on. If Lovely Lady Humps is anything to go by. How could you possibly respect ANYONE who would write such garbage? Let me run out and vote for someone because (notice he can’t even spell his own name) says I should. Give me a break.

  2. shadmia said

    Amberfireinus, Thanks for your comments. I am not a fan of the Black Eyed Peas and seriously have never heard of the song you mentioned but…..this particular song is inspirational (at least to me!). It may not cause me to go out and vote for Obama but I just tried to give credit where credit is due. I think it is a great song!

  3. whydidyoudoit said

    According to the demographics, I should be voting for Hillary Clinton: I’m a white, 60-year-old, highly educated woman from the Northeast. But I’m voting for Obama. I’ve waited all my life for a viable woman candidate for the presidency, but this is not the right woman. I want a woman of the highest ability and virtue, who would serve as a glorious role model to all young women. Hillary Clinton is not that woman.
    She rode into power with her husband, and together they’ve acquired a long and seriously flawed history of self-serving and secretive financial and political dealings. The most cursory research will prove that true. She started out her political life supporting the racist Barry Goldwater. She is as comfortable with deception and trickery as George Bush. When I hear woman saying, “Oh, but that’s how you get things done in Washington,” I literally cringe.
    I am passionately supporting Barack Obama. He can beat the Republicans; she cannot. Obama has attracted Independents and even Republicans to his camp, and in a general election they would vote for him, but not for Clinton. Clinton voted for the war, and has never apologized for it. Obama has spoken out against it from the beginning. Obama brings us hope–and not just that. Take a serious look at his ideas and experience.
    Please, I beg of you, Sisters young and old: wait for the right woman. Then we can be proud.

    Diane Wald

  4. whydidyoudoit said

    Solis Doyle, is dispensable, she has served her purpose to help us win the latino vote in the big states. We no longer need her or the latino vote to capture the white house. The women vote will now carry the Hillary campaign the rest of the way. Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton replaced campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle with longtime aide Maggie Williams on Sunday. Ms. Clinton believes Maggie Williams is a better choice to target the women vote. Clinton said in a statement. “I am lucky to have Maggie on board and I know she will lead our campaign with great skill towards the nomination.”

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