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New Will.i.am Obama Video

posted by Ethan Nichtern

Like the last one, this one is Gap-Style cheesey, majorly cringe-inducing (more than the first), yet sorta catchy and somehow tugs at the heartstrings (less than the first). Maybe it’s just cuz I’m a triple cancer. But posts have been absent this week so here’s mine.

By the way, we are hosting a Texas vote-calling party via Moveon.org this Sunday in Williamsburg from 4-7pm. Online RSVPS are getting pretty full, but jump on in and come by. Do rsvp at this link por favor. At least a half dozen IDPers will be there. We’ll give you some drinks, then you call Texas and tell them to vote and caucus (they do both there) for the big O on Tuesday. You need a beer in you to talk to Texans (or juice or soda), which we will provide. If Obama wins Texas, which he’s close to doing, it’s over, unless Hillary holds all 800 superdelegates hostage and makes them watch Ellen Degeneres reruns over and over until they promise to ignore the will of the people and support her.

Now here’s the heart-string tuggin’, cringe-inducing new video from Will.i.am (since he’s doing such good political work now, I ought to refrain from this paranthetical aside where I remind everyone that Black Eyed Peas are possibly the biggest example of a once-talented-group-going-mainstream-cotton-candy-sugar-coated-fluff- sellouts in the history of Hip Hop Music — how do you go from “My Humps” to “Yes We Can“???? – cognitive dissonance much???– but i couldn’t refrain). Sorry. At least it was just a parenthetical.

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Erg

posted February 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm


It is stuff like this that makes Obama come off as a cult leader. His campaign needs to be careful to recognize there can be too much of a good thing, and keep him from burning out before the general.



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J.

posted March 1, 2008 at 11:10 am


I hope that all these people so excited to support him in changing the world will still work to change the world if someone else is elected.



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Ethan Nichtern

posted March 1, 2008 at 11:21 am


Doubtful. The other two possibilities seem to be much shorter on an ability to get people to feel connected and hopeful. Leadership is a huge part of wanting to make a difference.
Young progressives especially, who would probably be the primary foot-soldiers in a new generation of local activism, just don’t seem to see a lot of sincerity in Clinton. She doesn’t seem to get folks out of bed in the morning.
I hate to say it, but I think now there will be a HUGE difference in collective energy in an Obama presidency.
I just don’t see Hillary inspiring anyone.
Luckily, I think Obama has to be the clear favorite at this point. McCain is just too weak on too many fronts, and there’s really no shot of Hillary catching up.



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Greg

posted March 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm


It’s amazing to me that Obama support has become viral. People are spending leisure time watching these. It’s not like reading an editorial “i’m reading this because i want to stay informed”. it’s actually fun. Can you imagine people spending their afternoons watching Kerry videos? We’d be put to sleep.
The videos themselves are such a departure from the stiff political videos politicians usually put out. Other politicians have used music before, but they always sound like soundtracks in the background. I found myself dancing in my seat. It hits you on a much deeper, non-cerebral level.



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Erg

posted March 3, 2008 at 12:42 pm


An important thing to remember though is that it is not young progressive or local activism that is going to bring about change. Its going to have to be the people Obama claims he is reaching out to, and people in washington who make the change. Obama will only change things if he is the champion of post-partisanism. Progressives are simply a partisan wing, like the religious right or Blue Dog Dems. My take on Obama’s message isn’t we need a progressive grassroots revolution, but rather we all need to work together, compromise, and solve problems instead of fighting. Maybe I am wrong, but I hope not.
I hope there is a huge difference in energy for our country, but I am a pessimist. A little more compromise and civilty and a little less bickering and name calling would be enough to make me happy.



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