18 February 2008

The "Yes We Can" video

After Barack Obama won the New Hampshire primary last month, he spoke to his supporters with an underlying theme of "Yes We Can, " excerpted here -

"... Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can.
We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics...they will only grow louder and more dissonant ........... 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; that 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...."

The speech was a outstanding piece of oratory, and Obama has a masterful delivery style reminiscent of Martin Luther King. Those who want to read the entire speech or watch it can easily find it with two clicks on Google or YouTube. What I find even more interesting is the video embedded above; it was created by a variety of professional musicians and celebrities using Obama's words and overdubbing them to music. It's a bit over 4 minutes long and well worth watching to keep up with what is going on in this year's interesting presidential campaign. This video has gone viral on the web with over 4 million views already; the style especially appeals to younger cybersophisticates, but it's unlikely to reach mainstream television.

Even though this blog and its host support Ron Paul for the presidency, I'm delighted to grant one spot to this video. If you decide to watch it, when you're done scroll down lower in this blog to the "Anti-John McCain video" entry or click here to jump to it. The latter is a superb (and effective) parody of the original.

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