was the theme of Senator Obama's speech following his second-place finish in the 2008 New Hampshire primary. Prehistoric Venus? Yes, we can. "She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that 'We Shall Overcome'. "When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. Mr. Obama wasn’t at Sunday’s Los Angeles rally with Caroline Kennedy, Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey — but the “Yes We Can” video was. And you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the new White House. Yes we can. Obama’s word attempt to rejuvenate a nation when notions of American supremacy was rocked by the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. "And to those Americans whose support I have yet to earn, I may not have won your vote tonight, but I hear your voices. think of Barack Obama's politics, experience, potential, and "Let's remember that it was a man from this state who first carried the banner of the Republican Party to the White House, a party founded on the values of self-reliance and individual liberty and national unity. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. just hit a Hollywood tipping point? If you value this page, please send it to a "Even as we stand here tonight, we know there are brave Americans waking up in the deserts of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan to risk their lives for us. "To those - to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. It began in the backyards of Des Moines and the living rooms of Concord and the front porches of Charleston. "When there was despair in the dust bowl and depression across the land, she saw a nation conquer fear itself with a New Deal, new jobs, a new sense of common purpose. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. and over two million times on YouTube. C. Antonio Romero is the Nouveau and technology editor "It drew strength from the not-so-young people who braved the bitter cold and scorching heat to knock on doors of perfect strangers, and from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organised and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth. Besides saving a lot of money, this sidestepped a Fox against will have to deal with media tactics that we've never "Senator McCain fought long and hard in this campaign. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Hard to say. So tonight, let us ask ourselves - if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? Axelrod, at the time Obama's campaign media adviser, had written, as the very last line of Obama's very first 30-second senate campaign ad, the words "Yes We Can." Inductive reasoning: specific instance --> general statement Deductive reasoning: a general statement --> specific conclusion Logical fallacies = used as an advantage to persuade people Relies on the audience's blind-spot Examples: Bandwagon: conforming to a belief because of its We have seen so much. Dozens of celebrities have piled on for the video, "And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America - the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can. And, above all, I will ask you to join in the work of remaking this nation, the only way it's been done in America for 221 years - block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand. "Let us remember that, if this financial crisis taught us anything, it's that we cannot have a thriving Wall Street while Main Street suffers. “ Michelle just happened to come by for the first ad shoot, and that was the ad that closed with the line 'Yes we can… Faith, Freedom, and Mormonism Unseen, Pardon My It exploded. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. broadcasting-- rules that must not apply over at Fox News or Just Fat?. "Yes, we can!" artist-slash-producer-slash-entrepreneur will.i.am. But there is so much more to do. Friends of Obama: "There are mothers and fathers who will lie awake after the children fall asleep and wonder how they'll make the mortgage or pay their doctors' bills or save enough for their child's college education. "And to all those watching tonight from beyond our shores, from parliaments and palaces, to those who are huddled around radios in the forgotten corners of the world, our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. political advertising? "And I know you didn't do this just to win an election. Channel). Schaech, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kate Walsh, Kelly Hu, Nick "We are, and always will be, the United States of America. We are better off for the service rendered by this brave and selfless leader. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. "America, we have come so far. suitability for the presidency, he and his supporters are "And this year, in this election, she touched her finger to a screen, and cast her vote, because after 106 years in America, through the best of times and the darkest of hours, she knows how America can change. (one-tenth the cost of a 30 second ad with nationwide Rallying a crowd in Jamestown, North Carolina on Tuesday, President Obama said too many Americans are hurting right now for us to sit by and do nothing. Can.” at … Cannon, Scarlett Johansson, and many, many more. Hillary's campaign has managed one viral success with her Sopranos parody , but that was hardly a traditional ad -- it was a perfect example of the extra level of creativity that campaigns are now required to tap to get our attention. Living in Paradox. seen before. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. times on the Yeswecansong.com web site Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. "It's the answer that led those who've been told for so long by so many to be cynical and fearful and doubtful about what we can achieve to put their hands on the arc of history and bend it once more toward the hope of a better day. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. "It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled, Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states. "That's the true genius of America: that America can change. whatever's behind it, he's got more than his share of star She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that "we shall overcome". There are many who won't agree with every decision or policy I make as president. "But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. It belongs to you. OBAMA (speaking) and WILL.I.AM (singing): It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation: Yes we can. What progress will we have made? Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. Let's resist the temptation to fall back on the same partisanship and pettiness and immaturity that has poisoned our politics for so long. For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime - two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Senator Obama first introduced this slogan in a speech to supporters on the evening of the New Hampshire primary in January 2008. first during the 2004 Illinois Democratic primary race for U.S. Senate, and it became a slogan of his 2008 presidential campaign. Yes We Can Lyrics: * all of Barack Obama's lyrics are sampled from a campaign speech in the 2008 NH primary / * Barack Obama and will.i.am's vocals frequently and purposefully overlap throughout / It "But above all, I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. "I promise you, we as a people will get there. I need your help. And may God bless the United States of America.". to get his message out only in the target markets where the "It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference. I am grateful to them. "The road ahead will be long. "Michelle just happened to come by for the first ad shoot, and that was the ad that closed with the line 'Yes we can,'" Axelrod said. And where we are met with cynicism and doubts and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Obama play the hot hand he's been dealt, and worry about any For roughly $250K The campaign described it as their first ad … After a marathon 48-hour recording session, Will.i.am released the "Yes We Can" video on his Web site. "And I would not be standing here tonight without the unyielding support of my best friend for the last 16 years, the rock of our family, the love of my life, the nation's next first lady Michelle Obama. Our climb will be steep. "Join.". I know that my debt to them is beyond measure. In that speech, he tapped into the slogan’s rich intertextual history and connected that history to his own campaign’s focus on hope and change. Midterm Elections: Opposition is Easy - Comedy is Hard, Ars Electronica: Hybrid - since its launch five days ago, viewed over ten million Strategists on all sides should be taking frantic The "Yes We Can Song" from Grammy Award-winning [TEXT: YES WE CAN] With KAREEM ABDUL-JABAR and COMMON: It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists, as they blazed the trails towards freedom: Yes we can. "It can't happen without you, without a new spirit of service, a new spirit of sacrifice. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. Why Web 2.0 Spells a French: Bloggers Debate France's Presidential "And to my campaign manager, David Plouffe, the unsung hero of this campaign, who built the best - the best political campaign, I think, in the history of the United States of America. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope. According to David Axelrod, Obama's media consultant at the time, it took Michelle Obama to convince the then-Illinois state senator that it wasn’t. God bless you. Super Tuesday primaries are occurring. "Sasha and Malia I love you both more than you can imagine. Yes we can. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. Yes, we can. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine. "This is our time, to put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids; to restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth, that, out of many, we are one; that while we breathe, we hope. Barack Obama, president of the United States, boasted the words confidently on January 10 during his farewell address: "Yes we can!". Two events point to And we know the government can't solve every problem. During his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Obama thought that your famous “Yes we can” line was corny. "It's been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment, change has come to America. The famous “Yes We Can” speech was delivered by Barack Obama, the first African-American President of the United States on January 8, 2008 in New Hampshire prior to being elected November 4, 2008. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? will.i.am performs "Yes We Can" during the final day of the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. It is only the chance for us to make that change. Did Will.i.am work his social network hard? We. 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Obama’s “Yes, we can” slogan demonstrates all these elements. friend. including Common, Herbie Hancock, John Legend, Jonathan tab for the bandwidth. distribution), Obama was able run an ad on local affiliates will get the campaign in trouble, but the "fierce urgency of Obama's "Yes We Can" speech itself got fewer views on YouTube than your song. night of the New Hampshire primary, has taken off virally And I will be your president, too. "It was built by working men and women who dug into what little savings they had to give 5 and 10 and 20 to the cause. Obama Super Bowl Ad: This "When the bombs fell on our harbour and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. now" and the need to "Leave Both Clintons Behind" dictates that "A man touched down on the moon, a wall came down in Berlin, a world was connected by our own science and imagination. No doubt about it..) Maybe someday this President Obama bid farewell to the nation Tuesday night in an emotional speech that sought to … "In this country, we rise or fall as one nation, as one people. With no input or authorization from the Obama campaign, the video went viral, reaching nearly a million hits in its first two days online [source: Alexovich ]. Senator Barack Obama's 2008 presidential nomination campaign released an ad in 18 states known as "The Country I Love." aren't even on this, so I'm sure it can be run anywhere, "As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, we are not enemies but friends. Axelrod, at the time Obama’s campaign media adviser, had written, as the very last line of Obama’s very first 30-second senate campaign ad, the words “Yes We Can.” Did you realize the impact you'd have? "Thank you. campaign finance laws or FCC rules? "She was born just a generation past slavery; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for two reasons - because she was a woman and because of the colour of her skin. Yes, we can. Obama is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. To the best campaign team ever assembled in the history of politics, you made this happen and I am forever grateful for what you've sacrificed to get it done. Yes, we can. Axelrod, at the time Obama’s campaign media adviser, had written, as the very last line of Obama’s very first 30-second senate campaign ad, the words “Yes We Can.” The phrase was also used in the song "Yes We Can", which was performed … (Does running There was the Obama-Hillary 1984 ad, the Obama girl and Guiliani girl ads, and now the "Yes We Can" ad. any time, with Google, for the most part, picking up the And I know you didn't do it for me. But one that's on my mind tonight's about a woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. this song on MTV or YouTube amount to free, youth-targeted But President Barack Obama adopted the English version "Yes, we can!" "You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead. Our union can be perfected. Watch this famous Barack Obama Speech. "The initial ad… Copyright © 2005 Euromedia Group, Ltd. All Rights Reserved. President-elect Barack Obama spoke to the world from his home city of Chicago as he became the first black president of the United States. If Obama is the nominee, whatever Republican he faces off "I want to thank my partner in this journey, a man who campaigned from his heart, and spoke for the men and women he grew up with on the streets of Scranton and rode with on the train home to Delaware, the vice president-elect of the United States, Joe Biden. bit of ultra-high-powered (and, frankly, powerful) "This victory alone is not the change we seek. "So let us summon a new spirit of patriotism, of responsibility, where each of us resolves to pitch in and work harder and look after not only ourselves but each other. Yes we can. Here is the full text of his victory speech: "If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. Although made without the Obama campaign's participation, Yes, We Can is an almost perfect piece of political propaganda, aimed at exactly the young voters who might be … Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Musically, this is an impressive marriage of form and content: it makes literal the musical qualities of Obama’s stump speech–call-and-response, meter, repetition, changing up rhythm (that repeated “Yes. Winfrey Statue from Daniel Edwards: New American Idol? Hard to say. Yes we can. When the bombs fell on our harbour and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Or did Obama A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American president of … "To my sister Maya, my sister Alma, all my other brothers and sisters, thank you so much for all the support that you've given me. of Culturekiosque.com. Candidates, U.S. The "Yes We Can" mash-up video by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am was a free gift for Obama and became a viral hit. "To my chief strategist David Axelrod who's been a partner with me every step of the way. The Yes We Can speech stands as a testament to the power a skilled orator can hold over a crowd and how the arts of persuasion and communication created in Ancient Greece still influences today’s modern society. "What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night. If I said, "Yeah, I knew that … What we've already achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow. user-contributed content, inspired by Obama's speech on the It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Reckoning for Google and Mass Media, Mitt Romney: And while the Democratic Party has won a great victory tonight, we do so with a measure of humility and determination to heal the divides that have held back our progress. "At a time when women's voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach for the ballot. And the campaign's fingerprints This is our moment. "I congratulate him; I congratulate Governor (Sarah) Palin for all that they've achieved. Yes We Can may refer to: "Yes We Can" (Made in Mexico song), a song featured in Guitar Hero II "Yes We Can" (slogan), a slogan used by the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign "Obama (Yes We Can)", a 2008 campaign song by Andy Fraser "Yes We Can" (will.i.am song) (2008) Yes We Can (World Saxophone Quartet album), a 2011 song by the World Saxophone Quartet And that cannot happen if we go back to the way things were. 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