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 Will.i.am, 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!
Will.i.am 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.”
Will.i.am 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”