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.

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soundoff (137 Responses)
  1. Eli, Milwaukee

    For all you Clinton supporters, if this was a video about Hillary then you would be praising it no matter who was singing. Listen to the message.

    February 3, 2008 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Eli, Milwaukee

    Brian, its not about just speeches. If you have watched any of the debates or listened to his plans for our country in comparison to Hillary's, it just makes a whole lot more sense. The video is just an added pleasure ; )

    By the way I am also an independent. And the reason being is the Clinton's today and yesteryear.

    OBAMA '08

    February 3, 2008 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Arlene Tognetti

    Super Video and Song !!
    the Yes We Can Song is moving and uplifting
    and that is exactly what we need in America today...
    The focus is not you has the MOST experience, but
    whom can act upon the experience they have....
    The candidates both Clinton and Obama are
    democrats which is good..But anyone out there
    who have lost in any way, the work, the job
    or a piece of real estate...thank NAFTA for that ....
    Obama had nothing to do with NAFTA ...so not
    only Yes,We Can....but Yes We Will...

    Arlene and many in Seattle Washington

    February 3, 2008 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Weezie

    Some of you seem to think that Obama produced this video. He did not (perhaps his campaign approved it unofficially but it's not "his" video.) What it is, is a shiny example of how he inspires people: inspires musicians to make a video, inspires me to blog, inspires new voters to vote.

    Elect him president and he will inspire the nation to be greater, he will inspire those who do not have hope to achieve, he will inspire those who have a lot (like me) to serve others.

    Vote for Obama on Tuesday.

    February 3, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  5. Mr Mo

    Good idea,
    Music is universal language; the message is going to be received in United States as well as worldwide. Go Obama you are labeled as a crossover to unite the whole world.

    February 3, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Amy, Kazoo


    I dont need a music video, an actor, a singer, a day time talk host, etc to tell me who i think is best suited for this position. I listen to the candidates.

    February 3, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Jason from Boston

    I agree. The video does not say "directly" vote for me. It says as a nation, Yes we can. I can understand why the Clinton supporters do not like the message coming from Obama but it should be their message as well. Who would disagree with a diverse, energized group of Americans saying "Yes, we can." Politically, it hurts everyone but Obama. But overall, the message applies to all.....including Republicans.

    February 3, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Moe

    Clinton supporters... tell us why ur mad!! U WISH hillary had this support!

    February 3, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Tom

    Obama and Hillary, another attempt by the Harvard and Yale graduates to take over America. Young people, 99 percent of you don't attend those so-called ivy league schools. Why vote for someone that will hold you down? Vote for Ron Paul and Mike Huckabee!

    February 3, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. Steven, NY

    For someone's previous comment saying that Barack shouldn't be wasting his time making a music video... I don't even know what to say to that.

    Barack had nothing to do with the video, all this video is showing is how inspirational he is and that he can lead to real change. The fact that it is a music video and that it is entertaining has no effect on his credentials to be president. This only just proves how he can inspire people to get up and do something for a change. When was the last time you saw so many people involved in a presidential election? It's time for change.


    February 3, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  11. John B

    I am an Independent who donated to Obama after seeing this video. The ability to inspire the nation and move people into action is rare thing. I just get the feeling I am witnessing history.

    February 3, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. pvc

    This video is awesome! I wish more celebrities would come out and show their support for Senator Barack Obama.

    February 3, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. sly

    VOTE Obama, Democrats! Forget race, look at substance. He has good judgement, evidenced by his stance on the war. He's consistent. He's a true staeman, a natural leader and would do teh US proud. More importantly...he stands a much better chance of beating McCain than Hillary does. The Republicans would eat her alive in the general election. If you want a democrat in the White House, you MUST appoint Barack Obama!

    February 3, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. Buffalo, NY

    It speaks volumes that nobody can or will create anything this remarkable for Mrs. Clinton.... All the cliche Hillary supporters and their angry comments reek of nothing less than sour grapes.

    Obama... Yes we can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -(Goldwater Republican for Obama)

    February 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. V

    This video is a mistake. Obama is clearly being melded into the image of MLK. Fact is he is not MLK, and never will be. Nor is he JFK. The candidates need to stand on their own merits without endorsments. Whats this comig to anyway.

    February 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |

    We should move beyond politics that is bring division among Americansand try to appreciate good innovation when we see one,I believe deeply in my mind that the music vedeo is a master piece of work by talented musicians and celebrities who believe deeply in the man who they made the music for and for that history we rememer them too.......................
    As for the man Mr Barack you are the epitome of what political campaign should be, please never relent your effort, continue to give hope and preach the change
    Now, American need you

    February 3, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. Smooth

    Just wanted to point out that Caroline Kennedy and Patrick Kennedy, both supporters of Obama, are first cousins of the Kennedys supporting Clinton. I think that makes them all "young" Kennedys.

    February 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. vieuw

    yeah man

    February 3, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. vieuw


    February 3, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Ozman

    Finally, my adopted country is coming to its senses. Isn't it GREAT that after decades of dynesty we finally have a CHOICE? I was terrified when Mr. Bush was preparing for Iraq invastion, but Obama gives me a HOPE that America will again be that great nation, strong yet respected around the world. I have watched Sen. Obama's speaches at least 10 times to absorb the inspiration/vision he's attempting to invoke! GO OBAMA 0'8!

    February 3, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. DY

    HATORADE? Is that even a word? This truly gives me a heads-up as to what will happen next. If Hillary had such a video, I wouldn't vote for her but since Barack does, he certainly has LOST my vote. Since when does a video help to inspire anyone? Talk is cheap and as we all know, action speaks louder than words. Hillary is ACTION, Barack can keep on talking and walking. He is old news and I would say that he will NOT be chosen as a Vice Presidential candidate and he will also lose his re-election bid for US Sentate in Illinois. Talk about abondonment to those people... I made a video on YOUTUBE. Can I run for president now? I think I am qualified!

    Barack is out!

    HILLARY is IN!!!!!!!!

    It will be a sad day on Tuesday for Barack and all of his fanatical, outdated, endorsements!

    February 3, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. SHIA

    It took a CLINTON 2 clean up after the first BUSH and its gonna take another CLINTON 2 clean up after the second BUSH...................GO HILLARY U have my vote.

    February 3, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. Colleen

    I love this video! Very well made.

    February 3, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Nana

    U can't help it but love the man. Obama is soo inspirational and i fell like America will be the America the world will envy again when he is the president.God bless Obama.

    February 3, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Christa

    Like most Dems I have loved the Clintons since the 90s, but I'm supporting Obama all the way. Hillary is smart competent, but she is not inspiring and she will not bring us together. She is the single most divisive person in politics and Republicans will flock to the polls in droves to vote against her.

    Barack has the ability to win over even people who disagree with him. He asks us to be the best that we can be and get involved in creating the country they want to have. Those who support Hillary are doing so out of fear... not fear of what Barack might do, but fear of what they might not have the strength to do themselves. They support Hillary because they think she will solve their problems, but no President can solve all of our problems on their own, we have to be inspired to work together.

    Hillary cannot and will not inspire half the country to work with the other half of the country. It's not because she wouldn't want to, it's just because who she is makes it impossible. Bill left her too many burnt bridges for her to ever rebuild them.

    All this may be a mute point, however, because if Hillary gets the nomination, we may not even win the White House. Look at the polls. Hillary consistently loses to John McCain. How could we be so stupid as to even consider nominating someone who can't win in the general? The Republicans are laughing at Hillary supporters because they can't wait for Christmas to come in the form of a Hillary nomination. Wise up people. Barack is the future. We just have to have the courage to take a leap of faith.


    btw- That video is awesome and Barack didn't even have anything to do with it. It just shows you how much he can inspire people to work on his behalf when they aren't even connected to his campaign. There's something happening here. Apathy is receiving a mortal blow by a little something called hope.

    February 3, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
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