Yes We Can

If you scroll down to the end of the right sidebar you will find a new widget on J’accuse. The vodpod widget allows wordpress users to post videos from their vodpod collection. The last vid currently featuring on my selection is a musical adaptation of Barack Obama’s speech in New Hampshire on January 8th this year. The song is excellent but it should not detract from the stand-alone greatness of the speech itself. Even without the song the Obama speech is moving. You can find the full speech on this site but here is the extract used for the song:

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. 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.
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 a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.
Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can.
And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; 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 America’s story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea – Yes. We. Can.

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8 responses to “Yes We Can

  1. Thank you for the tip.

  2. David Friggieri

    Go, Barack, go!

    If Barack makes it, it’s the one elction I’d really love to vote in.

  3. On the vodpod widget… Barack next to Vasco, the first and last time you’ll ever see that.

  4. I might be the only one thinking this but, it’s a very good speech, great sound bites, good use of bits from “God bless America”, will fill number of quotation books one day, but, sounds too much like empty rhetoric to me.

    Go Hillary!

  5. danny attard

    Sorry for being a wet-blanket but may I ask which part of this, yes, very wonderful speech did Obama write? Could not resist a sardonic smile at ‘the textile worker from Spartanburg’ … Spartans must be turning in their Persian heavens… In this age of speechwriters, how can electors distinguish between substance and rhetoric. What hope is Obama giving the textile worker in Spartanburg?

  6. Isabel Stabile

    While I’m rooting for Hillary, I found this speech, albeit not written by Obama himself, exciting. For the record, Spartanburg is a small textile town in Virginia. Please bear in mind that the proportion of the US population that will actually elect the next President will probably be less than half, if past elections are anything to go by.

  7. danny attard

    Thanks Isabel for Info. I apologize once again for my dry attitude towards such a brilliant speech. It appeals to the senses but what does it do to the intellect? ‘Yes we can’ reminds me of my management handouts from the late 90s. The question that lingers in my mind is – what does this speech contribute to the debate? So Obama is a great guy, even if he did not write the speech himself…and the final move?…the Republicans may look dead in the water yet when the final moment comes they will exploit his weakest link and sow the seed of doubt and hey presto win the elections again. And what is his achilles heel? I dare not mention it… And nothing in all this has to do with political substance. And may i be totally off the mark 🙂

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