“Yes We Can”: the music video

will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas sets Obama’s South Carolina victory speech to music. Astounding!

Okay, eloquence isn’t everything. But just imagine trying to do this ….

… with a Hillary Clinton speech, or a John McCain speech, or (shudder) a George W. Bush speech.

I’m not in the demographic the video was aimed at; Deadheads for Obama is more my speed. I probably could have recognized Black Eyed Peas as the name of a music group, but I’d never heard of will.i.am. Of the people shown &#8212 Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta and Nick Cannon &#8212 I recognized only Hancock. And I didn’t even know Bob Dylan had a son.

But it’s pretty damned overwhelming. Watch and see. Then send the link out to your address book. I can imagine this video as the “Lillibullero” of the Obama Revolution.

You can see the full-size video at the the original site, dipdive.com But the streaming is intermittent; I think they’re getting more hits than they bargained for. Life is hard.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com