Friday, August 29, 2008


Somehow in a live setting with a partisan crowd of 75,000 people in attendance, this song that swept the Internet a few short months ago has added power. Will.I.Am and John Legend pull this off by including the voices of the Agape Choir and those of the assembled crowd, It is a live remake that is informed by the now famous original of "Yes We Can."

An interesting side note this song inspired by the New Hampshire concession speech by Senator Obama has garnered a staggering 9,250,000 hits on YouTube. 

Senator Biden in his acceptance speech made a reference to his childhood and how his parents told him how to deal with defeat. "Barack Obama and I took very different journeys to this destination, but we share a common story. Mine began in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and then Wilmington, Delaware. With a dad who fell on hard economic times, but who always told me: "Champ, when you get knocked down, get up. Get up." video and transcript

All I have to say is Yes We Can! if we make it our personal responsibility to get out there and work hard and not expect that it will be some other person who will shoulder our weight. Yes We Can! If we make concrete statements to those we work with and folks in our communities about what is at stake in this election. Yes We Can! If we join with others in our towns and cites across this nation and say it is time we put aside our divisions. Yes We Can! If we don't let the stupidity of race hated and economic divisions blind us to our common interest. Yes We Can! if we move to unite this country and move forward, not look back at our differences. Yes We Can! if we work in our common self interest to create good jobs, provide health care and make it possible for our children to be given a world class 21st century education. The time is now - we can do this great work. Yes We Can! if we use every day in the next few months to learn the issues and make sense out of them for our families and our neighbors. Ladies and gentleman Yes We Can! take our country back!

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