Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” Speech as a Song by will.i.am

Yes We Can - will.iam - Barack Obama

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Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama delivered a speech in New Hampshire at the site of the presidential primary on January 8, 2008 that inspired will.i.am of the rap group Black Eyed Peas to create a song called “Yes We Can”. In a matter of 2 days will.i.am was able to gather up around forty celebrities to help him record the song and shoot the video. It is making rounds on the internet just in time for “Super Tuesday” tomorrow.

Among those that helped will.i.am were Jesse Dylan, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Herbie Hancock, Tatyana Ali, Nick Cannon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Legend, Kate Walsh, Aisha Tyler, Amber Valletta, Taryn Manning, Nicole Scherzinger, Adam Rodriguez, Alfonso Ribeiro, Austin Nichols, Ed Kowalczyk, Eric Balfour, Esthero, Harold Perrineau, Johnathon Schaech, Kelly Hu, Maya Rubin, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

The New Hampshire concession speech to Hillary Clinton has been getting major press and has been thrown about as the modern brother to the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. In his blog, will.i.am made comparisons of Obama to King, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. Many people share the same sentiments and are pulling for the man running a campaign called “Change” simply on the hope that he offers and not on his politics.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

The video for “Yes We Can” has been seen already by more than 11 million viewers via YouTube.com and at the official site for the song YesWeCanSong.com.

Additional Reading at MTV.com: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1580884/20080204/will_i_am.jhtml

7 thoughts on “Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” Speech as a Song by will.i.am

  1. Pingback: Dangerous Intersection » Blog Archive » Obama music video: “Yes We Can”

  2. Yes, we can *what*?

    1. Roll through Wendy’s to order a number 6 and then peel out over to KFC for a box of biscuits and a tub of mashed pot?

    2. House 3 plates and 3 desserts at Sakura in Decatur, Illinois?

    3. Rock out a giant burrito plus the plate of beans at El Burrito Loco in DeKalb, Illinois?

    I don’t know whether Barack can get that done. I know that Kobayashi could….

  3. I am a high school student who finds the song to be VERY inspirational. When we live in a country that will not survive on the means of corrupt justice, a message of hope bluntly displayed shall affirm us that change will come. I will not vote for Barack, but I feel that Barack’s speech was amazing. The transformation into music was simple moving to me. Well, that is all that I have to say about this and I need to get back to honors english 11.

  4. Victor, thank you for stopping in and taking the time to comment on our site. I think that you are very right in that the message in Obama’s speech carried inspirational weight that has opened a new dialog in America calling for an achievable change.

    If he were to win the nomination and the election, this public address could go down as the “I have a Dream” speech of this generation. It could be pointed to as the turning point of an improving nation.

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