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Posted on Feb 3, 2008
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Pop star and producer will.i.am and director Jesse Dylan (son of Bob) put together this independent, star-filled tribute to Barack Obama’s New Hampshire concession speech. Whether it’s inspirational or just cheesy is up to you, but we’ve got nothing bad to say about Herbie Hancock on the piano.

Hillary Clinton herself has been no stranger to the affections of Hollywood, and although Obama raised more than any other candidate from the entertainment industry, both Clinton and Obama have shied away from celebrity endorsements. There are exceptions, of course, most notably Oprah Winfrey, who has campaigned for Obama. And Clinton managed to produce “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera when Obama made gains with Latinos in Nevada.

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By Homespun..., February 25, 2008 at 5:02 am Link to this comment
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Having just watched `Worst. Campaign. Song. Ever` (Hillary Song also featured on this site) and now this, I feel quite unsettled…couldn`t imagine this being popular with anyone in the UK…makes it all look a bit like pantomime! 11/10 on the cheese factor scale I`d say.

I`m sure their hearts in the right place though…

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By Dr Bill, February 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

This song is looping over and over in my mind, driving me to learn more about Barack and his “movement”. . .

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By Bill Blackolive, February 6, 2008 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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Hokay, and go to patriotsquestion9/ll and see salvation of Texas: Willie Nelson now says he thinks 9/11 is inside.  Hell, look at the engineers, too.  But when Obama gets in, will he change the climate, that ordinary chickenshit pundits on corporate TV can say they think 9/11 is inside?

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By DennisD, February 5, 2008 at 6:37 pm Link to this comment
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Where would our media be without it’s “stars” to fawn over. I guess keeping the public informed of real issues is just too demanding.

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By GrammaConcept, February 4, 2008 at 9:38 am Link to this comment

...Very Deep Subjects, indeed…Service….Optimism….Upbuilding….....Smiling..

....As we think, so we become…....all across the universe…

Light really is more powerful than darkness….

A wonderful old saying is:
........................“It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness”.........

Well…...It is.

Strive On, Friends.

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By Aegrus, February 4, 2008 at 6:39 am Link to this comment

Oh my goodness…. this is a silly video. Great message, weak presentation. Way to diminish our best candidate. *rolls eyes*

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By Alexander Edelman, February 3, 2008 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment
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“Whether it’s inspiration or just cheesy.” For shame truthdig. I expect more from you. Don’t post a loaded sentence like and hide behind the facade of “leaving it up to us.”

This video reflects the lyrical beauty of Barack’s language, a suggestion of cheese is embarrassing.

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By jdogg333, February 3, 2008 at 8:24 pm Link to this comment

I am a musician of 22 years. I generally am not a very big fan of pop music due to it’s usually canned sentiment and formulaic nature. This actually broke through my strong sarcastic streak. It’s kind of a nice break from all the negativity and sadness I’ve been feeling about the ‘State of the Union’.

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By newsreader, February 3, 2008 at 7:58 pm Link to this comment
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This is what happens when people are inspired.  This was made from a speech made by Barack Obama in NH.  Thank you Will.i.am, Jesse Dylan and all who participated in this video.  The inspiration just keeps growing.  Hope is never false.

Yes We Can!

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By Marcelisa, February 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm Link to this comment

The video set the stage for Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and the Kennedy cousins. Here’s what we talked about in our section of Pauley Pavilion: the video is in black and white, suggesting that Obama’s appeal transcends color and ethnicity; that it reminds us of the look and feel of Rev. MLK; and it protrays him as one of us as his image is spliced next to faces known and unknown expressing the same hopes and dreams.  It was captivating and powerful. The crowd loved it.

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By cyrena, February 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment

Only because of the lead-in to the story, I was ready to look for ‘cheesy’ and even accept it as a temporary departure from the serious.

Instead, this is incredibly moving and a POWERFUL statement for what is possible.

I love it!!

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