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Yes. We. Can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny
of a nation.
Yes we can.
It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores
and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
It was the call of workers who organized;
women who reached for the ballots;
a President who chose the moon as our new frontier;
and a King who took us to the mountain-top and pointed the way to the Promised Land.
Yes we can to justice and equality.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity.
Yes we can heal this nation.
Yes we can repair this world.
Yes we can. Yes we can.
(yes we can, yes we can, yes we can, yes we can...)

We know the battle ahead will be long,
but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way,
nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.
We want change!
(We want change! We want change! We want change...)

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant.
We've been asked to pause for a reality check.
We've been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.
But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. We want change!
(We want change! I want change! We want change! I want change...)

The hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA;
we will remember that there is something happening in America;
that we are not as divided as our politics suggests;
that we are one people;
we are one nation;
and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America's story with three words that will ring from coast to coast;
from sea to shining sea - Yes. We. Can.

Comments (12)



I just heard on 60 Minutes that more Americans watched Obama's speech on Thursday night than watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics. That is so awesome and really gives me hope!

Yes we can. We must say "Eight is enough".

Annie, thanks once again for the heads up on 60 minutes. I got distracted and missed the first few minutes but caught most of it.

Obama is the first politician that has truly inspired me. He is intelligent, he cares, he is against the war and has always been against the war, and he has hope and does want change. I believe he will inspire many of us to work together to make this change that we need so desperately. This country has fallen apart. The world no longer respects us. I believe that Obama is the candidate that will help to create this change. Yes it will be work and it won't happen over night, but I do believe he wants this for every American.

Yes we must, and yes, eight is ENOUGH!!

I don't want to turn this blog into something political, so I won't post this, but if you get the chance, look up the video "John.he.is" on YouTube.


Thanks for posting that. Like so much "Obama stuff" it's totally inspirational.

8 is ENOUGH!

Brenda English:

Thanks for posting this!
For a Canuck, and not a US'er, I have to tell you that I think this guy just might make the difference for your country and for the rest of the world, even. He just might.

One good soul doing one good thing changes the energy of the Universe ever so slightly, So, then, how much more could the Democrats of the country and their leaders change that same energy, if there is the will to go for it!
Fingers crossed, and I'm not even a voter!


You know I slept through most of Thursday, sick with a stomach virus. But I woke at about 9:50pm and remembered the DNC was on and caught his speech, truely amazing if he can do even 1/3 of what he wants to do, we will all be so much better off.

Girasoli, I agree with you. I've always voted but I've never been inspired to do more than that. I actually went to a fundraiser for him and am going to try to do more between now and November.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Girasoli, cool video. Obama is so inspirational and he said so many great things in his awesome speech that is so important. He said that this election is about what we want! And I think we all want change and to feel inspired again! I also liked his honesty on mutual responsibility. He's the first politician that I've seen in a long time that I actually believe.

Great post!


Eight IS enough! The world can't take another U.S. administration like the last one.

Thanks for posting this!

I’ve been a registered voter in this country since 1984 and this is the first time that I have complete confidence in a candidate and I’m truly excited about casting my vote for a candidate I feel can make a big difference. I’m sending today my and my husband's early ballot request since we’ll be watching the outcome of the election from somewhere in Andalucia.

Hey Jan, good to hear from you!

Brenda and Sandra, I always find it interesting hearing views from other countries. I think at this point, our election results really will affect the world. Let's hope people can just look at issues instead of all the spin and other crap and vote for issues.

Kim, that is just how I feel (not the stomach flu sick part). I realize that he has big dreams for us but like you said, if he can just accomplish 1/3rd it would get us back on the right track.

Annie, your state could really count. I am so glad you are out there! There is not much I can do here since it will be a landslide here. That is why I figured my blog might reach a few more people.

Kathy, "I also liked his honesty on mutual responsibility." - that is one of the things I love about his approach!!

María, I'm so glad you and your husband will be voting even though you will be on vacation during the election. Your state also could make a difference depending on how the next couple of months go.

It really feels nice to know that others feel the same way. Yes we can!!

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