“Yes We Can” is a song inspired by a speech delivered by Barack Obama following the 2008 New Hampshire primary, derived from the union catchcry “Yes we can”. The song was released on February 2, 2008 by the Black Eyed Peas member will.i.am. The song features appearances by numerous celebrities (mostly musicians, singers and actors) in support of Sen. Obama’s 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, interspliced with footage of the speech.
Although the lyrics are entirely quotations from a speech delivered by Sen. Obama in New Hampshire during the 2008 campaign, his campaign had no involvement in its production. The music viral video, shot in a sparse black-and-white, features Barack Obama’s image in collage fashion; the performers comprise a veritable Greek chorus echoing his words in a hip-hop call-and-response manner as his voice plays in the background.
The song is in English, except the phrase “Yes, we can” in Hebrew at the 1:09 and 1:44 minute marks, Spanish at 1:17 and 1:57, and American Sign Language at 2:04.
The following celebrities were featured in the song and music video:
Once in a generation, an opportunity comes along — not just for the Democratic Party, but for the United States of America — to build a new majority for change. Barack Obama’s candidacy offers us that opportunity. As Democrats, and as Americans, we must seize it.
This moment in history is marked by the magnitude of our challenges. Our nation is fighting a war in Iraq that has made us less safe. Our planet is imperiled by a global climate crisis that we have done little to combat. Our economy is sliding toward a recession. Wages aren’t keeping pace, as the cost of everything from health care to college is rising. Whether it’s a world-class education, a secure mortgage or a dignified retirement, too many Americans are seeing their dreams slip out of reach.
…As Democrats from so-called Red States, we know that the way to win elections is not just by blaming Mr. Bush, or building campaigns focused on beating the other side — it’s by bringing people together. Americans are fed up with a divisive brand of politics that is more about scoring points than solving problems. To win in November — and to govern this country — we should not choose to be a party that extends an era of bitter partisanship; we must be the party that ends it.
Barack Obama is running for president to do just that. His life’s work has been dedicated to bringing people together around a common purpose. As a community organizer, he bridged divides of race and class to fight for jobs for the jobless on the streets of Chicago. As a state senator, he brought Republicans and Democrats together to expand health care and provide a tax cut for working families. And as a U.S. senator, he worked across the aisle to secure loose nuclear materials around the world, and took on powerful interests in both parties to draft and pass the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate.
Poson fake mporun na akuonte pleon i Amerikani?? The American dream never dies alopos… Ulla pleon ine politiki! Na akuo tin Nicole pu tes Pussycat Dolls na mu traguda pu tin mia, its funny how a man only thinks about my boobs ke meta na mu lali gia politics? Ne ok ke epistepsamen sas oti to video ekaman to i tragudistes moni tus… en tus epieroses katholu Kirie Obama!