February 2nd, 2008
05:15 PM ET
12 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.

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

    How is Obama about change when that is all he does is invoke names of the past and his endorsers are nothing but the past? I have learned more history from Obama this last month than my whole primary and secondary education span combined!

    Don't his endorsers from Washington realize that Obama is insulting them when he insults the ways of Washington? The whole message is so inconsistent!

    February 3, 2008 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  2. Frank

    Barack Obama is what america need right now.

    Fired up and ready to go.

    February 3, 2008 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. Haily

    Voters are tired ofthe black on black with Obama already!! get over it!!! voters now realize where he stands, there are other non-black voters, but it appears he isnt interested in their support since he keeps the division going. He cannot win.
    Vote for Clinton she not only supports minoprities but also White voters unliek obama camp!

    February 3, 2008 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  4. Lenny

    Jan 20, 2009. Historic.

    February 3, 2008 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. Sérgio, Porto, Portugal

    Why the hatorade Charlotte?

    You must at least wonder why he is so inspirational, don't you think?

    February 3, 2008 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  6. Lenny

    Really, this video is horrific. "Where's the substance?"

    February 3, 2008 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  7. Evelyn

    I believe!

    February 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  8. Koj

    The video is inspirational. One of the greatest speeches I have heard in my 28 yrs of existence. Obama is my pick!

    February 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  9. Ben

    Charlotte, watch the video before you comment as if you have.

    February 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  10. MJ

    WOW! Love the video!

    February 3, 2008 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. brian

    Please tell me Americans have more common sense than to vote for the President of the United States nominee based on more that a video and great speeches? I think people have been brainwashed.

    Thank the Lord I'm independant!

    February 3, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. cedric

    its amazing, loved the video! this must get out, spread the word throughout america and across the world!! obama 08!!!

    February 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. chevyk

    Barack obama is a true genius appealing to the youth and the educated of america. Barack Has millions of people reavalluating their values.Its not so weird to see the WORLD fall in love with him. I have too. America? Yes we can.

    February 3, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. Connie Bryson

    I'd be surprised if it were an all-black video, Charlotte.. I'm a seventy-one-year-old white woman for Obama, Charlotte. Believe it or not, there are many of us who see beyond race and gender.

    February 3, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. v.cifaldi&paul




    February 3, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  16. Rob

    AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Hillary supporters are now just being flat out ignorant. If you can't at least acknowledge the fact that this video is at the very least inspiring then I think you guys need to reexamine yourselves and not the candidates before you vote.

    February 3, 2008 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. Nobama Noprah

    obama for rock singer after super tuesday!!!

    February 3, 2008 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Kendra Capen Riley

    Brings me to tears – TRULY INSPIRATIONAL!

    The only reason Hillary supporters are bashing it is becasue they are jealous that noone wants to step up and show this magnitude of support and love for such a shrew.

    OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  19. mrrobjenkins80

    What an amzaing and inspiring video. I am a Republican, and will continue to vote as a Republican. Obama speaks about the bright future and brings optimism, like the 40th President did. If he is the Democratic nominee, the GOP will loose.

    February 3, 2008 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. Ava

    This is an extraordinary American story. I am very proud of this young generation of America. Their view of this country and the world will bring healing to this sick world.
    I am deeply moved by this video

    February 3, 2008 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Miss H

    Like I predicted, the video the most watched video on YouTube by TODAY.

    Obama '08

    PS – to all the haters, stop drinking that HATORADE. It's not good for ya. Join the movement, Obama for President of the United States of America –

    February 3, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Karen

    Isn't it odd, the old Kennedy's support Obama, while the young Kennedy's support Clinton?

    February 3, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. Gayle

    This made me cry.

    It is time for a new leader, for a new direction away from 30 years of Family Dynasty.

    February 3, 2008 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. Josh

    Regardless of your views on political issues.
    Voting for Obama is important because it sends the message that we are tired of the same old politics, we are tired of special interest groups and lobbyists running the country for us, we are tired of being lied to and mislead in an effort to gain our support, and we demmand that we have someone who we can trust to shoot straight with us, and follow his heart.


    February 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  25. MW

    GO HILLARY!!!!!

    February 3, 2008 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
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