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

Celebrities debut Obama music video

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/02/art.williamobama.cnn.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. charlotte

    I have no desire to hear this video. I hate rap music. Can't really sing a song just talk with a beat, much like Obama himself.

    February 4, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  2. susanne tenpenny

    Bring on the Hillary-Obama ticket!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  3. G^2

    I'm kind of shocked by the terrible grammar on this page. I know these comments are the kind of thing you come up with in a couple of minutes, but don't you realize this will be read by (maybe) millions of people??? If you were never educated in English then I perfectly understand, but if not.....Have some self-respect and use a spell checker, then google "subject-verb agreement."

    February 4, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  4. Maria

    Have any of you seen the news about Obama and Exelon.

    The Republicans are going to kill us with that.
    Check the NYT's article or the CNN story.

    Obama watered down his own bill concerning notifying people about a leak at a Nuclear power plant. In return, he got lots of money for his campaign.

    We need to know these things before we go down a road to failure in November.

    February 4, 2008 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. NC4Obama

    Obama 08

    February 4, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Claire

    Caressa, FL

    I think YOU should read before your write. What do you mean by one group not aligning with another group is the "EXACT" reason to vote for Obama????!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  7. benvictor

    Hillary's home State Giants win the Super Bowl. "Blue collar" Giants triumph. Teddy and his clan are devastated and cannot carry on their upstaged tour any longer. Oh horrors, what a defeat for the clan. Now Super Tuesday and the blue collar voters and other Hillary supporters wait to cast their votes. Again, congratulations Giants and Hillary on this home State victory. Victory to Hillary on Super Tuesday. Hooray.

    February 4, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  8. Angel Espinosa

    This is a real inspiration mix, what a piece of video, but we have to go out and vote on february 5th for Sen. Obama our president, because America got hope, America wants change, and YES WE CAN.

    February 4, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  9. ss

    Please remember HRC is NOT from NY.
    Go O!

    February 5, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Tavares

    It's very interesting that people forget that when it comes to proving a point against the war (which is one of the biggest issues) McCain will eat Hillary alive because they BOTH voted for the bill that started the whole thing. How in the world do you think she's convincing because she has experience. Experience started the war with a yay....

    Experience wants to make health care universal...what kind of garbage is that?

    Experience has stated on several occasions that this is her campaign but yet has her husband out bashing the so-called inexperienced one on her behalf. She can't control her own husband now and once she's in the White House and finds that she can't control him then...what is American going to do when their marriage becomes in turmoil because she can't handle the MAN of her house....

    I'm sorry...if it wasn't Obama but Edwards...I still wouldn't choose Hillary for president....

    BARACK the VOTE!!!

    February 6, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    hilary clinton for president, how cool would that be?

    February 6, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. alex

    hilary clinton for pesident, how cool would that be?

    February 6, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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