February 2nd, 2008
05:15 PM ET
13 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. Murry

    Obama rocks!
    I am a woman and I voted for Obama!

    February 3, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Andrea

    I meant SHIA!!!

    February 3, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. Mark

    Barrack is in this to bring about CHANGE. I believe Hillary is in this race to prove to Bill, herself and the world that she can be president. It should not be about I, it should be about making a difference. Barrack wants to bring people together to make that difference while Hillary sees healthcare and all of the other issues she backs as a way to show people what she can do. No to ego that will bring about battles with Republicans and others. Say yes to CHANGE.!Say yes to Barrack!

    February 3, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  4. Terry

    I am pulling for Obama, but if Hilliary gets the nomination I will cross party lines and vote GOP

    February 3, 2008 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  5. janice jentz

    Words can't explain it. Everyone should go to youtube and forward it to everyone they know!!!!

    February 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Oscar

    A couple of clarifications:
    Obama did not make the video. The music and video was done entirely by Obama supporters.

    Obama is not inexperienced, and he is not running or being praised because of it.

    He is rising in popularity because of the connection he has with most of us. He is a normal person, he is not a "perfect" politician. I am glad that he does not follow the same strategies, and policies.

    I am sure Obama knows he cannot do it by himself. He asks us to do it with him leading us. I believe that is what American needs. I leader, not a politician.

    Hillary is a politician. She has acknowledges her belief in that the changes occur when politicians sign policies.
    Obama believes changes comes from the bottom up, and that's why I am a strong supporter of Obama.

    Obama, the new face of American.

    February 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  7. James

    For a prosperous, united and respected USA, I do believe that Obama is the right man! Don't hesitate, vote for him for a new America!

    February 3, 2008 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Desiree

    Give me a break...all these Pro-Obama comments and love fests MUST be from the 18-29 year old groupies. Let's get real...this election is real. If I want to be entertained then, I'd watch MTV...If I want to be uplifted then, I'd watch American Idol...but, I want a serious candidate for this serious world so...I'M VOTING FOR SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON!

    February 3, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  9. A Canadian


    this video moved me to tears

    Not for sadness, but for hope
    Hope for a nation, hope for a people
    To seize a chance to rise above
    And regain what was once, again.
    As an outsider looking in,
    I see friends hurting and wanting more
    As an outsider looking in,
    I see a hope as this open door
    Which becons you to take a chance, yes YOU can.

    Tuesday is your chance to make your voice heard, don't blow it by succumbing to the disease the establishment has engineered (apathy) to maintain the status quo. Be part of the Obama Tsumani.

    Encourage everyone you know to get out there and vote. You have a voice, use it. YES YOU CAN. The rest of the world is hoping you make the right choice.

    Canadians for Obama.

    February 3, 2008 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. All Theway

    may be it takes an Obama to Clean the Clinton and old habits al together.

    February 4, 2008 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  11. JC

    It was a concession speech. And because someone decided to, it could well become the title of the next chapter of our history. It was a concession speech–an acknowledgment and a recognition that mere lines and crowds and an appealing message are not enough, on their own, to make the difference. But because someone decided that what Obama is saying is not just some vision of what we wish we could be, not some fanciful rewrite of the hard sad stories that our parents and grandparents lived, but an accurate description of who we are, as people, as a community, as a nation, today, because of all that, someone decided that Obama was right and decided to make a song about it, and the chorus of a concession speech becomes something much more personal: A creed written into the founding document....a document whose idea we are all entitled to, that we all play a part in honoring, as we live our lives. What a remarkable achievement of our nation, that a fatherless child from our 50th state could become a voice of a generation. Yes we can!

    February 4, 2008 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  12. Carressa, FL


    Stephanie February 2, 2008 7:32 pm ET

    Good viral marketing tactic, but Obama shouldn't align himself with rap/hip hop if he wants to win against John McCain.

    Stephanie, I think you should read before you write. Obama did not align himself with anyone. The video was made without him even knowing. And secondly, that is what is wrong with this country now, people like you feeling that others should not align themselves with a certain group of people. This is the EXACT reason why OBAMA is needed. You as a Hilliary fan just proved that very point.

    February 4, 2008 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  13. Lynn 1951

    Cry me a river. I'm so tired of this mess. Think people, think! We are not electing a movie star!! This is more like the invention of the Boy Bands than a President. We are not electing a figurehead to look pretty. This person will be capable of starting world war three and we need to know what he stands for except "hope". For goodness sakes he can't stand on his own two feet how can he lead. Oh I forgot Teddy will be there for him. Gosh, I thought he stood for change!

    February 4, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  14. Lenny

    HRC supporters, be encouraged. Super Tuesday will have the same results. A team from New York will win.

    Go Hillary. Jan 20, 2009.

    February 4, 2008 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  15. James Yangetmai, U.S. Commonwealth of the United States in the Western Pacific

    We are in the midst of our celebration of the New York Giants' upset of the most feared New England Patriots, and we are counting on our fellow Americans who are voting in the upcoming super Tuesday's primary election to vote for BARACK OBAMA and give up more reason to celebrate another GREATEST upset in the American history.

    OBAMA is the man of the hour, and as Americans we MUST all rally for his quest to UNITE and RALLY us all to make AMERICA the nation that we must all stand to be proud of.

    YES WE CAN. America vote OBAMA!!!!!!

    February 4, 2008 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  16. Texas

    You can download the video on YouTube.

    February 4, 2008 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  17. Ottila

    Another JFK? Maybe, probably, apparently, that's a lot of BS. Nah, it is, plain and simple, a lot of BS...

    JFK spent 14 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate before running for president.. Barack Obmama hasn't even finished his 2nd year in the U.S. Senate and already began running for the presidency.

    That, plain and simple, is sheer ambition. But sometimes we are blinded and can't see the plain and simple.

    February 4, 2008 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  18. DC Diva for Obama

    I'm pretty sure he knows CNN. It's on the front page of his website and has been since Saturday morning. We've been playing and watching the video since it was released Friday and many of the supporters started sending it to the campaign and they put it up on the site this weekend. Just glad that the "mainstream" media finally caught up with us. It's an amazing video!

    February 4, 2008 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  19. Jason, OH

    To: DY.

    For the eighth time, Obama did not create this video. Will.i.am, the lead singer of the black eyed peas (who created this) said he was unsure if Obama even knew about it at all. Obama inspired him, as well as all the other stars you see in this video TO DO THIS THEMSELVES, WITHOUT ANYONE HIRING THEM TO DO IT.

    You all need to understand that this was not put out by Barack Obama's campaign. This was something that supporters put together because they believe in the change and hope of a new tomorrow...the change that Clinton supporters are too short-sighted and stubborn to see. But it's okay...we Obama supporters will band together and Hillary will be defeated whether you like it or not, and eventually you will realize what we did for you and you will thank us.

    February 4, 2008 05:24 am at 5:24 am |
  20. Bryan in Illinois

    Go Obama Go!

    February 4, 2008 05:33 am at 5:33 am |
  21. Bryan

    You know... JFK didn't really do a whole lot besides almost start WWIII

    February 4, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  22. Opito Moses

    Hi there. I think baracck is such a genius of a politician who can bring big changes to the world. If the whole world could vote in thses elections, he would be stunned by how much he has gained our trust. we see a ray of hope in him.

    February 4, 2008 05:49 am at 5:49 am |
  23. Terri

    "Think people, think! We are not electing a movie star!! This is more like the invention of the Boy Bands than a President. We are not electing a figurehead to look pretty. This person will be capable of starting world war three and we need to know what he stands for except "hope". For goodness sakes he can't stand on his own two feet how can he lead. Oh I forgot Teddy will be there for him. Gosh, I thought he stood for change!"

    To Lynn 1951,

    Of course we're not "electing a figurehead to look pretty." Please, give your fellow democrats a little more credit. There are so many people supporting Obama because they have researched his credentials, compared them to HIllary's, and STILL decide to support Obama. If all you can do is marginalize him into superficial stereotypes, then you clearly don't understand why many people are voting for him. In fact, there have been several articles written how Hillary has been counting on voters to be dumb to not catch onto the false accusations she lays on her opponents. Is that the kind of leader you want? I've said this many times before, I believe Hillary is a smart and capable woman, but she doesn't always make the best choices, especially when it counts (i.e. Iraq war, i.e. NAFTA, i.e....). And that's a gamble I'm not risking to take. Like the LA Times said, what good is experience if it doesn't lead to good judgment? So, Lynn 1951, you might want to rethink your reasons for supporting Hillary. Obama 08.

    February 4, 2008 06:19 am at 6:19 am |
  24. Viv

    Obama knows that the teeny boppers will vote for him because of this video. It's ridiculous. How about the facts?

    When someone applies for a job, they don't get hired because they have a music video about them, they get hired based on their experience.

    Hillary 08

    February 4, 2008 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  25. Susan

    Thank you Senator Obama..you give hope and help. I'm so tired of the Clinton sleaze..you are like a breath of fresh air..the Clintons are like old sweat.


    February 4, 2008 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
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