February 2nd, 2008
05:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Celebrities debut Obama music video

From the new pro-Obama music video.
From the new pro-Obama music video.

(CNN) - With just a few days to go before the critical Super Tuesday primaries, Black Eyed Peas' frontman will.i.am and director Jesse Dylan, son of legendary musician Bob Dylan, have released a new song featuring a host of celebrities and one very unlikely music video star: Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

"Yes We Can," released Friday, is centered around footage of the speech the Illinois senator gave after the New Hampshire primary last month.

The music video includes excerpts from that Obama speech and appearances from celebrities including jazz artist Herbie Hancock, former LA Lakers captain Kareem Abdul Jabbar, singer John Legend, model Amber Valletta, actresses Kate Walsh and Scarlett Johansson, and others.

(In an interview with the Associated Press last month, Johansson had joked that she was engaged to the White House hopeful, telling a reporter: “My heart belongs to Barack.”)

Dylan and will.i.am told ABC News they did not coordinate the creation or release of the video with the Obama campaign, and are unsure Obama knows about the production.


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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. JustJean

    For Rich; I hope you are not refering to the popular dirty tricks myth that Obama is a Muslim. He is not. He has been a Christian for 20 years and was agnostic before that. Besides, being Muslim, if he was, does not make anyone a terrorist. There are Christian terrorists in the world too. Obama is a good Christian and this is a terrific video.

    February 2, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. independent

    the music video is quite beautiful. i didn't know all those talented people were obama supporters. very interesting.

    February 2, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  3. Prakaithip

    “There will be no guesswork. I’m not asking you to take a leap of faith, I’m asking you to hire me to do the hardest job in the entire world.” -Hillary Clinton

    Do we want another Bush-like President?

    Honestly, Obama is so inexperienced he will have to rely on his team including Mr. Kennedy, for decisions that will impact America and the world.... don't you think that these ppl will only try to sell their own agendas. Let's get real, Hillary will be more focused on the job and will be able to understand everything that will placed on her desk the first day without question, not deciphering ideas from a panelist of salesmen. Please wake up fellow Democrats.

    February 2, 2008 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Joe Ossai, Bedford, NH

    I had tears in my eyes after watching this video.

    Obama will be the next President of United States, save this post.

    February 2, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Mary

    Obama is humorless. Even his Top 10 presentation on Letterman was flat – Letterman seemed unimpressed – Letterman can size people up pretty well. Obama takes himself way too seriously, another tip off that "it's all about me" (and Oprah, of course)

    February 3, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  6. joe

    I HAVE LOST MY JOB...

    I HAVE LOST MY HOUSE...

    I WANT A WORKHORSE NOT A SHOWHORSE

    HILLARY 08

    HILLARY 08

    February 3, 2008 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  7. Di

    GO HILLARY GO...joe you are right she will do more to help you than Obama.

    February 3, 2008 03:59 am at 3:59 am |
  8. observer#1

    If you are looking for someone to sell videos to younger people, someone who likes giving speeches, a person younger people refer to as a rockstar (god only knows why, ) a person the media is trying to sell to you because they too think they can market him, Obama is your guy! If you want someone who wants to truely heal this country, has definite plans,will talk about definite plans, Hillary should be your next President. So, do we need another celebrity type or a real President? Vote Hillary , she can do it! We have enough celebrities selling videos.

    February 3, 2008 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  9. JohnS

    Bill was able to "con" the Republicans and even lie, with some degree of innocence to this nation. I guess getting him back to the White House will be harder for the Republicans to ever catch him again; both Bill and Hillary now have the experience to "cover up" without ever being caught.

    Conclusion: They have the Best experience; so the Dems should vote to get them back to the White House!!!

    February 3, 2008 04:02 am at 4:02 am |
  10. Kevy

    The music video is great. The candidate it's for and it's content aren't though.

    February 3, 2008 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  11. Alison, FL

    IT'S A REALLY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS WHEN WE ENCOURAGE LIARS TO BE OUR LEADERS...SINCE IT HAS WORKED SO WELL FOR US IN THE PAST I GUESS WE SHOULD JUST KEEP VOTING AGAINST OUR BEST INTEREST...VOTE FOR OBAMA IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE.

    February 3, 2008 04:50 am at 4:50 am |
  12. jennifer brown

    awesome job ,Barrack Obama rock.

    February 3, 2008 04:55 am at 4:55 am |
  13. demos

    Barack Obama is what this country need right now. All the jealous and the naysayer knows deep in their mind that Obama is the best that can happen in this country.
    HRC will be a nightmare for the country and the USA migh be a fail state with a dominant Bill Clinton will only unlish bitter partisanship and deadlock in the administration.

    Bill clinton is dealing with Dictator in Kazackstan in order to sponsor his foundation. They are the well connected and they are sponsored by the OIL companies, the pharamceutical company, the one who are raising the price of insurance and ....

    Bill Clinton rented the bedroom of the president "LINCOLN" for fundraising purpose, he lied under oath and people think that it is going to end now.

    Keep dreaming.

    Obama 08.

    February 3, 2008 04:58 am at 4:58 am |
  14. demos

    This is the movement that wanted to live and i am living it.
    Soften your heart, trust in yourself and be part of this movement, because it is all out us. Barack Obama is what america need right now.

    Obama all the way.

    February 3, 2008 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  15. David

    Obama:

    -Graduate of Columbia and Harvard

    -Worked in poor communities

    -Taught Civil Law at university

    -State senator for several years

    -Predicted Iraq troubles from the start

    -Leadership that brings people to together

    -Great speaker that inspires hope

    -Doesn't have baggage like Hillary

    February 3, 2008 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  16. amazed

    Boy oh Boy!!!! If I was Bob the Builder I would get myself a good lawyer!!!!!!! Poor Bob has been saying "can we build it?! YES WE CAN"!! for years and years, and the poor guy gets no credit. What else is new, another example of keeping down the working man. :)

    February 3, 2008 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  17. Don

    Hillary has Big Bill as her back for more support than Obama has in all his cabinet and wife and church members. Go Hillary and get the job done Baby as you know you can . I never thought I would have a chance to vote for a woman as president but my mother would roll over in her grave if she only knew what is going to happen. Big Bill knows what is going on and it is better to have a good back up than just looking around.

    February 3, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  18. JR

    Who cares about music video during the Primary election? If Obama cares about making music videos then he should be singing and don't bother to run for President. Voters are not STUPID you know. OBAMA thinks Presidential Primary is a JOKE?

    February 3, 2008 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  19. Hope LV,NV

    THIS VIDEO IS GREAT!! THIS VIDEO GIVES ME CHILLS! I THINK IT IS GOOD THAT YOUNG PEOPLE ARE EVEN INTERESTED IN POLITICS. AND THEY ARE COMING OUT IN SUPPORT OF OBAMA. EVEN IF THIS MAN HAS A SHADY PAST, HIS PAST IS MOST LIKELY GOING TO STAY THERE. IN THE PAST. IN ALL FAIRNESS BILL CLINTON'S EXPERIENCE AND PRESIDENCY DOES NOT TRANSFER OVER TO HILLARY. WITH HER 35 YEARS OF EXPERINCE SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET THAT HEALTH PLAN OUT THERE "ON DAY ONE". SHE SHOULD HAVE HAD A SOLUTION FOR IRAQ "ON DAY ONE" DO WE HOLD LAURA RESPONSIBLE FOR G.W.? NO SO WHY GIVE HILL CREDIT FOR BILL? IF BILL WERE NEVER PRESIDENT WOULD WE EVEN BE DISCUSSING HILLARY?
    REMEMBER BILL WAS JUST A GOVERNOR WHO WANTED SHOT AND PEOPLE STILL TALK ABOUT HIM. WHO KNEW HIM BEFORE HE RAN FOR PRESIDENT?
    WHO KNEW OBAMA. I SAY CHILL OUT AND GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE, TAKE THE TIME TO ACTUAL LISTEN NOT JUST TO HIM ,BUT TO THOSE WHO SUPPORT HIM. HE CAN ACTUALLY BRING NEW PEOPLE TO THE PARTY. HILLARY HAS ALLOF BILL'S OLD STANDBY'S.

    February 3, 2008 05:39 am at 5:39 am |
  20. james

    Can anybody here account for Hillary 35 years experience. As far as I know she has less than eight years of legislative experience.

    February 3, 2008 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  21. GRACE, SUN CITY CENTER, FL

    THE VIDEO DOESN'T IMPRESS ME. BUT I AM HERE TO SAY THAT OBAMA
    IS AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN.... AND THE IDEA THAT HE IS THE SYMBOL
    OF BLACK AND WHITE.... GIVES ME HOPE THAT RACE CAN BE PUT ASIDE
    IN THIS ELECTION... I AM A RON PAUL SUPPORTER BUT OBAMA IS MY
    SECOND CHOICE. COME ON ALL YOU BIGOTS.... ACCEPT THE WHITE
    HALF... IT'S THE LEAST YOU CAN DO.

    February 3, 2008 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  22. Mix It Up

    WE ALL LIKE WHO WE LIKE FOR WHATEVER REASON...... Hillary is going NO WHERE so no matter if she loose or not... she's still going to be active in her work.

    The only thing that scares me about her though- is her ability to SO PERFECTLY FAKE HER MARRIGE TO BILL FOR AS LONG AS SHE HAS ...... LEADS one to ponder who is she REALLY?????

    People should do their home work before they talk..... IT HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED MANY TIMES THAT HILLARY REALLY CAN'T STAND BILL.... But for the public VIEW she put on the best show for others to see and admire.

    WHAT THEY HAVE IS A BUSINESS RELATION….WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY.

    PEOPLE HILLARY IS NOT BILL-- HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY SHE NEVER WRITE HER NAME WITHOUT 'RODHAM' IN IT. She want her own fame, BEING THE 1ST LADY WAS ENOUGH-– TIME FOR A NATION CHANGE.

    It's not like Hillary is going to Quit working for the better WHEN Obama wins. With Obama what you see is what you get, Hillary on the other hand is UNCERTAINED.

    SO GO GO GO BARAK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!! TAKE US TO THE NEXT LEVEL, HILLARY HAD HER TIME ALREADY.

    Also, If you are poor and can’t afford health care under Hillary’s plan- you will be fined. Who don’t want to be covered- yea right and who can cover the fines if they cant pay $400mo for health care????

    VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!! MIX IT UP.

    February 3, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  23. D.

    ATTENTION DY WHO WROTE:
    "I don't think is a good idea at all. It is the beginning of "dumbing down" the american political process. What comes next?… tap dancing? Barack had my vote."

    Please reconsider. The problem with American Politics is it's been to "stuffed up." Voter turn out has been awful and that benifits the Republicans and politicians like Clinton who feel that it's OK to ignore speaching to the interest of the whole country instead of just those that vote. The major problems of the people in our country are still only barely being addressed. Obama is bringing in millions of new voters in to the process and that is what Democracy is really all about..

    DY please reconsider. Everyone should have a voice and a voice they can related to. Furthermore, our country has always had songs tied to movements and key points of our history. Remember "Burn in the USA" for example.

    February 3, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  24. Di

    Has nothing to do with black or white...it is experience!!! Obama doesn't have it!!!

    Right now, we sure don't need and on the job trainee!!!

    GO Hillary!!

    February 3, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  25. charlotte

    Oh no, now we will be stuck listen to an Obama sound track of, YES WE CAN.
    No doubt an all black cast.
    Lets hope SuperTuesday hands him a, NO YOU CAN"T

    February 3, 2008 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
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