I am shocked, shocked that any politician would ever use words in a speech he or she didnâ€™t personally write. I know there are rumors that presidents hire speech writers, but I refuse to believe that. Seriously, it is always better to give credit right up front, but I always thought that plagiarism was using someone elseâ€™s words without their permission. It seems Barack Obamaâ€™s accusers are using the expanded definition. Soon theyâ€™ll be on to the terrible truth that he is not the first person to use the slogan, â€˜yes, we can.â€™
Documentation comes from Liza Porteus Viana, who wrote the following, let there be no mistake about it, she wrote this, not me…
Not only has Barack Obama’s “Yes, We Can” theme caught on like wildfire on the Internet but it apparently has created some commonalities between the Democratic presidential hopeful and some foreign leaders, as well.
Tatarstan President Mintimer Shaimiyev’s favorite catchphrase, in Tatar, is “Bez Buldyrabyz!” That has the same meaning as “Yes, We Can.”
and let me not fail to credit Anne Stewart, who points out that Barack Obamaâ€™s outreach to labor recalls an earlier version of the slogan, in Spanish.
Although it only really caught on in English after New Hampshire, Spanish supporters of Obama have been using the phrase â€œSi se puedeâ€? since the get-go. The words are actually an old Spanish labor union slogan from the 70s, originally penned by Ceasar Chavez and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta. Yet another example of amazing design ideas coming for the ranks of union organizers!
And I must admit that I did not personally compose the following verses. These are the words of the great musician Allen Toussaint, whose rockinâ€™ version of â€˜Yes We Can Canâ€™ is on the CD â€˜Our New Orleansâ€™ ( a benefit CD for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.)
Make this land a better land
Than the world in which we live
And help each man be a better man
With the kindness that you give
I know we can make it
I know darn well we can work it out
Oh yes we can, I know we can can
Although Alan Toussaint wrote the song, it was a hit for the Pointer Sisters (who acknowledged his authorship) back in the day when the world was young and we believed in peace, justice and freedom. It seemed so close then, a change for the better. Do we keep coming back to the same realizations?
Some say time moves in circles, some say it moves in a spiral, with each turn bringing us to the same place at a higher level. Like the song goes, â€œNowâ€™s the time…â€?