Bruce Parker

Yes We Can!

Filed By Bruce Parker | February 02, 2008 8:20 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, campaign 2008, Democrats, will.i.am, yes we can

When I was watching the speeches after the New Hampshire primary, I admit that even though I am a Clinton supporter, I teared up when Obama gave his "Yes We Can!" speech. Even after not winning there he gave a compelling and moving speech that should make us all proud. will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has turned that speech into a star studded song and video that I just watched and wanted to share with our readers.

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After the jump you can watch an interview with will.i.am about the video.

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Michael Bedwell | February 2, 2008 8:52 PM

Excuse fucking me! You want someone to believe you're a Clinton supporter and yet you're pimping a celebrity-saturated music video that is a naked political commercial for Obama packaged to add yet more layers to that towering parfait of crap about him being the new Messiah???

Ever hear the question, "With friends like you who needs enemas?"

I'M tearing up at how big your balls are! Girlfriend, you go on with your bad self! Wow! And the Political Con of the Year Award goes to, wait, we have a tie:

Barack Obama for "The Great Repeal DOMA Hat Trick" and

Bruce Parker for "I Sold My Soul to the Barackman, And I Will Never Ever Be the Same!":

Accepting for Sen. Obama is Andrew Sullivan.
Accepting for Mr. Parker is David Mixner.

Michael Crawford Michael Crawford | February 2, 2008 9:41 PM

Michael,

Are you so trapped in your cynicism that you cannot even appreciate the beauty of Barack's words and vision?

Bruce has made it clear that he is supporting Hillary in the race. His commitment should not be called into question simply because he acknowledges that the other candidate has game.

When it comes down to it what's most important, to me at least, is getting a Democrat in the White House. I definitely prefer Barack, but if Hillary gets the nomination, I will definitely support her.

Chris MacDonald-Dennis | February 2, 2008 10:45 PM

Michael B.,

Wow, I don't even know where to start with what is wrong with what you said. You seem so threatened by Barack Obama; why is that? He inspires people. Can you not give him that?

I am supporting Obama but I can see Clinton's appeal/brilliance. Please, put down the Obama haterade...

Michael Bedwell | February 3, 2008 12:45 AM

My husband comes home wearing some other guy’s pretty underwear and I'M for questions about his fidelity?

I do not hate Obama. And I resent any petty reduction of my documented criticism to that. The only characterizations I have made in relation to him are in DIRECT relation to what he's said/done; not said/not done.

I DO hate the ever-growing lines of people, particularly “my people,” throwing their legs in the air for him after getting a couple of valentines and some Walgreen’s candy. For being willing to give away the next eight years, and decades after that in terms of the Supreme Court, without having actually objectively deconstructed his claims. And I see no reason to apologize for that.

He obviously inspires people. Hillary inspires people. Edwards did. Richardson did. Kucinich. Hell, Gravel. George Bush STILL inspires some people. When Bill Clinton entered unannounced to a large NGLTF fundraiser in Miami a year ago, the room went nuts before he said a word. Obviously there is not as much "group think" on even him as some would like to believe. Jerry Falwell inspired people. Scientology inspires people. Mormonism inspires people. I need not list all the villains of history that inspired people. How is it wrong to ask for MORE than that?

Most swooning for Obama with so little substance to back it up wouldn't give that benefit of the doubt to a panhandler claiming he just needs to borrow five bucks because someone stole his wallet. I guess the moral is that panhandlers need to learn charisma.

Yet here is a guy that virtually no one outside of his family or Illinois had heard of three and a half years ago and he gives one decent but not immortal speech and the refrains of the "Hallelujah Chorus" start building and now millions are grouping together like one great Stepford Tabernacle Choir to automatonically sing his praises. He used the G-word once in that half-hour speech and countless gays have rushed to the front the church to be baptized in his name.

Maybe it is because I lived so long before we were dragged into the Bush Desert of witless demagoguery after which so many stampede at even a hint of water. Maybe it is because I’ve seen so many miracles turn out to be mirages. Maybe it is because I can remember real oratory like Martin Luther King, Jr., and JFK and RFK, and recordings of FDR and Churchill. Maybe it is because I remember hearing in person another Democratic convention keynote address by another black candidate for President twenty years before Obama's B+ effort. And recognize both how much Obama shall I just say borrowed from Jesse Jackson’s speech AND how much he purposely left out. A few excerpts:

JACKSON: America is not like a blanket - one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt - many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread. The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt.

Even in our fractured state, all of us count and all of us fit somewhere. We have proven that we can survive without each other. But we have not proven that we can win and progress without each other. We must come together. …

We are bound by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, crying out from their graves for us to reach common ground. We are bound by shared blood and shared sacrifices. We are much too intelligent; much too bound by our Judeo-Christian heritage; much too victimized by racism, sexism, militarism and anti-Semitism; much too threatened as historical scapegoats to go on divided one from another. We must turn from finger pointing to clasped hands. We must share our burdens and our joys with each other once again. We must turn to each other and not on each other and choose higher ground. …

The Rainbow includes lesbians and gays. No American citizen ought to be denied equal protection from the law. …

We are often reminded that we live in a great nation - and we do. But it can be greater still. The Rainbow is mandating a new definition of greatness. We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.
Jesus said that we should not be judged by the bark we wear but by the fruit that we bear. Jesus said that we must measure greatness by how we treat the least of these. …

Rising tides don't lift all boats, particularly those stuck at the bottom.
For the boats stuck at the bottom there's a misery index. This Administration has made life more miserable for the poor. Its attitude has been contemptuous. Its policies and programs have been cruel and unfair to working people. …. By the end of this year, there will be 41 million people in poverty. We cannot stand idly by. We must fight for change now. …

Mr. Reagan will ask us to pray, and I believe in prayer. I have come to this way by power of prayer. But then, we must watch false prophecy. He cuts energy assistance to the poor, cuts breakfast programs from children, cuts lunch programs from children, cuts job training from children, and then says to an empty table, "Let us pray." Apparently he is not familiar with the structure of prayer. You thank the Lord for the food that you are about to receive, not the food that just left. I think that we should pray, but don't pray for the food that left. Pray for the man that took the food - to leave. We need a change. We need a change in November. …

When I was a child growing up in Greenville, South Carolina, the Reverend Sample used to preach ever so often a sermon relating to Jesus and he said, "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me." I didn't quite understand what he meant as a child growing up, but I understand a little better now. If you raise up truth, it is magnetic. It has a way of drawing people.

With all this confusion in this Convention, the bright lights and parties and big fun, we must raise up the single proposition: If we lift up a program to feed the hungry, they will come running; if we lift up a program to start a war no more, our youth will come running; if we lift up a program to put America back to work, and an alternative to welfare and despair, they will come running.

If we cut that military budget without cutting our defense, and use that money to rebuild bridges and put steel workers back to work, and use that money and provide jobs for our cities, and use that money to build schools and pay teachers and educate our children, and build hospitals, and train doctors and train nurses, the whole nation will come running to us.

Young America, dream. Choose the human race over the nuclear race. Bury the weapons and don't burn the people. Dream - dream of a new value system. Teachers who teach for life and not just for a living; teach because they can't help it. Dream of lawyers more concerned about justice than a judgeship. Dream of doctors more concerned about public health than personal wealth. Dream of preachers and priests who will prophesy and not just profiteer. Preach and dream! Our time has come. Our time has come.

Suffering breeds character. Character breeds faith, and in the end faith will not disappoint. Our time has come. Our faith, hope and dreams have prevailed. Our time has come. Weeping has endured for nights but that joy cometh in the morning.

Our time has come. No grave can hold our body down. Our time has come. No lie can live forever. Our time has come. We must leave the racial battleground and come to the economic common ground and moral higher ground. America, our time has come.

We come from disgrace to amazing grace. Our time has come. Give me your tired, give me your poor, your huddled masses who yearn to breathe free and come November, there will be a change because our time has come.”

An unfortunately poor audio in three parts is at

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/jessejackson1984dnc.htm

And, that is, if nothing else, my contribution to Bilerico for Black History Month.

Cool thanks for posting the video, Bruce.

Seriously, Micahel B., what's the problem here? God gawd, if anything, it's good to hear that a candidate supporter can acknowledge something good in another candidate. It shows a little bit of sanity in all this craziness.

Okay Michael, time to hold the horses. I know Bruce intimately and, boy, let me tell you, you won't find a bigger Hillary fan. Check out his past posts glowing about her! But there's nothing wrong with putting up a cool video about the other candidate. I've posted on Clinton and I'm not supporting her. Should the other candidates' supporters have dropped in to tell me I was stealing children's souls and feeding them to demons just because I posted about her? C'mon. Relax. You know we'll debate issues with you - but let go of some of that hostility, please.

Chris MacDonald-Dennis | February 3, 2008 2:22 PM

Michael B.,

Many of who support Obama do not do so merely because of his flowery rhetoric or because he "supposedly" threw us some valentines. It is based on principle.