Skip to comments.'Yes, we can?' asked Obama. 'I don't like it'
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 wont!.
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 dont 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 Obamas chief political adviser, David Axelrod, during the 2004 Illinois Senate race.
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Deval Patrick - governor of Massachusetts, used the phrase (recently) first.
He got in too - I don’t think he’s staying past 4 years....
“Yes, We Can”
Bob the Builder is saddened..
Soon it will be “Yes we CAR - Cut And Run.”
What slogan did he want? Let’s bend over? Or show me the money?? Give me some change?
He thought it was corny and CHILDISH because it came from the theme song his favorite cartoon show: Bob the Builder
“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.
Worf kinows what works on klingon.
He much preferred:
*YES, I CAN!!*
His other choices included: *I am ME, you are not*
*I love ME, you will too*
It’s the English version of “Si, se puede.” The La Raza rant.
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.
“I’m a liar” would’ve been the honest route to go.
And we thought Joe Biden was a plagiarist...
He is half right.
“Yes we can....destroy this country in 4 short years!”
He’s getting alot of help!
I heard he initially thought “BOW DOWN!!” was a bit over the top. But he’s reconsidering that position now.
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.
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.
Handing out purple dino hats and singing “I love you . . . you love me . . .” would have been much better.
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.