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'Yes, we can?' asked Obama. 'I don't like it'
TIMESONLINE ^ | 22 September 2009 | Times Online

Posted on 09/22/2009 3:36:57 AM PDT by underthestreetlite

When Barack Obama was first introduced to the now famous three-word call to arms that came to define his quest for the presidency — “Yes, we can!” — his initial response could be paraphrased as “No, I won’t!”.

According to a new book, when the slogan was first suggested to him he blanched, because he felt that the phrase was “corny” and “childish”. Only when his wife Michelle intervened and convinced him that it would work did he relent and use it in speeches and campaign events.

“I don’t like it. Come on,” Mr Obama is quoted as saying in Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, by Christopher Anderson, parts of which appeared in the US press yesterday. “It will work,” the future First Lady assured the candidate. “Trust me.” The slogan was suggested by Mr Obama’s chief political adviser, David Axelrod, during the 2004 Illinois Senate race.


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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election; obama; politics; slogan
Every winning campaign has a winning slogan. Barack Obama's campaign slogan "Yes, We Can" was not his first choice. He thought it was corny and childish and indeed it would have been treated as such had he lost the election!
1 posted on 09/22/2009 3:36:57 AM PDT by underthestreetlite
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To: underthestreetlite

Deval Patrick - governor of Massachusetts, used the phrase (recently) first.

He got in too - I don’t think he’s staying past 4 years....


2 posted on 09/22/2009 3:44:34 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: underthestreetlite

“Yes, We Can”

Bob the Builder is saddened..


3 posted on 09/22/2009 3:45:06 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: underthestreetlite

Soon it will be “Yes we CAR - Cut And Run.”


4 posted on 09/22/2009 3:46:42 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: underthestreetlite

What slogan did he want? Let’s bend over? Or show me the money?? Give me some change?


5 posted on 09/22/2009 3:47:47 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger (The problem with socialism, is eventually you run out of other people's money. Margaret Thatcher)
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To: underthestreetlite

He thought it was corny and CHILDISH because it came from the theme song his favorite cartoon show: Bob the Builder

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA16sqCusbY&feature=related


6 posted on 09/22/2009 3:48:16 AM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: underthestreetlite

“He thought it was corny and childish”

Alternatively, he may have realized consciously or unconsciously, that it would create great expectations which he could never fulfill. It’s turning out that on war in Afghanistan, health care, cap-and-trade, card-check, “yes we can” was a completely empty promise.

“Yes we can” may have elected this president, but “no we can’t” will be his historical legacy. Hopefully, American voters will have learned a lesson from this unpleasant experience, but I’m not holding my breath.


7 posted on 09/22/2009 3:49:51 AM PDT by DrC
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To: underthestreetlite

Worf kinows what works on klingon.


8 posted on 09/22/2009 3:53:20 AM PDT by crazyotto
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To: underthestreetlite

He much preferred:

*YES, I CAN!!*

His other choices included: *I am ME, you are not*
*I love ME, you will too*


9 posted on 09/22/2009 3:54:42 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Never give up- Keep Up!!!)
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To: underthestreetlite

It’s the English version of “Si, se puede.” The La Raza rant.


10 posted on 09/22/2009 4:01:20 AM PDT by Wage Slave (Good fences make good neighbors. -- Robert Frost)
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To: underthestreetlite
1. This proves that it's really Michele running everything.

2. Which in turn proves that -- as I said in August of 2008, before the election -- Obama is whipped, and a scrawny metrosexual.

Anti-Obama Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED. FIRE!!

3. Obama probably wanted to go with the slogan "Yes we CAIR!" but was overruled by Rahm Emmanual.

Cheers!

11 posted on 09/22/2009 4:05:14 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: underthestreetlite

“I’m a liar” would’ve been the honest route to go.


12 posted on 09/22/2009 4:30:01 AM PDT by albie
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To: underthestreetlite

And we thought Joe Biden was a plagiarist...

13 posted on 09/22/2009 4:31:35 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: underthestreetlite

He is half right.

“Yes we can....destroy this country in 4 short years!”

He’s getting alot of help!


14 posted on 09/22/2009 4:58:59 AM PDT by zavvone
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To: sodpoodle

I heard he initially thought “BOW DOWN!!” was a bit over the top. But he’s reconsidering that position now.


15 posted on 09/22/2009 5:13:05 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: underthestreetlite

Maybe that is why he scowled and got that shifty-beady-eyed look every time he chanted it, or maybe he was just squinting at the ‘prompter.


16 posted on 09/22/2009 5:17:35 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Dixie Yooper

good artwork


17 posted on 09/22/2009 7:41:20 AM PDT by underthestreetlite
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To: underthestreetlite

I agree with BO on this one: it was and is corny and childish.

It reduced his campaign to the spectacle of a middle-school pep rally atmosphere.

It meant nothing.

It signified there was no there there.

It is the caption on what will be (I hope) the epic failure of his policies as president.


18 posted on 09/22/2009 8:04:04 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Mr. President: Why did you appoint a Communist to your Administration?)
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To: pieceofthepuzzle

Handing out purple dino hats and singing “I love you . . . you love me . . .” would have been much better.


19 posted on 09/22/2009 8:05:10 AM PDT by fightinJAG (Mr. President: Why did you appoint a Communist to your Administration?)
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To: underthestreetlite

He stole his slogan from Tug McGraw and the 1980 Phillies.

It was the perfect slogan for a campaign of meaningless jargon (”hope”, “change”) that could have been created by any boardwalk psychic.


20 posted on 09/22/2009 8:15:27 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: underthestreetlite

Good insight!


21 posted on 09/23/2009 9:47:52 PM PDT by REDWOOD99
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To: underthestreetlite
I did not know the Obamas struggled with infertility.

This may be why the children do not resemble the parents much.

They are beautiful little girls, but neither resembles each other nor either of the parents. Hard to say why.

22 posted on 09/23/2009 9:53:23 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Hmmm I think Malia looks a lot like her father and may even turn out taller than either of her parents. Sasha looks like her grandmother.


23 posted on 09/23/2009 10:00:09 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Arizona Carolyn

Malia is the older one? She might look a little like her Dad.


24 posted on 09/24/2009 12:10:15 AM PDT by Yaelle
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