Yes We Can! President Obama’s Landmark Health Reform Bill Approved!

Yes We Can! President Obama’s Landmark Health Reform Bill Approved!

Congress gave final approval on Sunday night to historic health reform legislation that will provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and remake the nation’s health care system along the lines initially proposed by President Obama.  When the decisive 216th vote went up on the electronic tally board in the House chamber, Democrats erupted in cheers and reprised the “Yes, we can!” chant from the Obama presidential campaign.

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Obama Concludes His Presidential Campaign : “Fire it Up! Ready to Go!”

Obama Concludes His Presidential Campaign : “Fire it Up! Ready to Go!”

Barack Obama saved his biggest Virginia rally for last, speaking to a jam-packed event in Manassas (VA) with 90,000 people in attendance. For his conclusion, he reached back to the beginnings of his presidential campaign to tell an inspirational story that lahad long ago fallen away from his speaking routine.

The story he told was about a long drive, a rainy day and how one person can make a difference. It was inspired by a small 60 year-old woman he met during a visit to tiny Greenwood, South Carolina, in 2007 and became a favorite during his Iowa caucus campaign. It ends with Obama leading a cheer of “Fire it up, Ready to Go!

Obama ended the event on Tuesday evening by exhorting the large crowd: “In 21 hours, if you are willing to endure rainfall, to take the person who was not going to vote to the polls, if you will stand with me in a fight with me, I know that your voice will matter. I have one question for you, Virginia. Are you fired up? Are you ready to go? Fired up? Ready to go? Fired up! Ready to go! Virginia, let’s go change the world!

Obama’s Final Rally: “Fire it Up! Ready to Go!”

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“Yes We Can”: An Emotional Song for Change

It’s a multi-cultural, viral moment that began riding the wave of Obama excitement right on time for Super Tuesday, an acoustic guitar, black-and-white footage, rapper sporting a fedora and looking thoughtful, crooning softly against a backdrop of Barack Obama’s rousing concession speech on primary night in New Hampshire. Then, add in a diverse group of celebrities, which included John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Scarlett Johansson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, echoing key Obama phrases in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

The music video featured faces and voices chanting “Yes, We Can” in an emotional crescendo. It was designed to uplift, indirectly calling up comparisons to Martin Luther King Jr. and César Chávez as Legend throws his arms wide and sings, “A King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed us to the promised land” and CSI: Miami actor Adam Rodriguez recites, “Sí, se puede!

The people who made the video say that Obama’s campaign had nothing to do with the video. “The intention,” the filmmaker Jesse Dylan (the son of Bob Dylan) said, “was to make a really simple thing. . . . It was like, ‘Super Tuesday’s coming, let’s try and get this up, maybe it can help a bit.’ We weren’t doing it for the campaign. We were doing it for what Obama said in his speech. . . . I believe the words he had to say.”

Obama’s New Hampshire concession speech had nothing to do with losing., the frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, said that the speech shoved him off the fence and inspired him to make the video. “That speech made me think of Martin Luther King . . . Kennedy . . . and Lincoln . . . and all the others that have fought for what we have today,” he said. Its creators say that the video was an inspired creation, and that they recorded it in just two days., a onetime John Kerry supporter, called filmmakers Mike Jurkovac and Jesse Dylan on Sunday, Jan. 27th, and told them he had an idea. By that Wednesday, they were packed into a recording studio in Los Angeles, collecting friends and whomever they could recruit along the way. After the video was recorded, they uploaded to YouTube and promoted it on ABC News’s What’s the Buzz on Friday.

When you create a look and feel for a piece visually that’s based on this black-and-white footage, it gives it this historical connotation,” Jurkovac said. “What’s moving people are the same themes: ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country’ or ‘I have a dream.’ If there’s a swell of a movement among young people, that’s what they’re reacting to. Even if they never lived through it.”

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Obama and Clinton Celebrate Super Tuesday Primary Victories

Senator Barack Obama’s Super Tuesday Speech

Surprise Update :

In a surprise shift after the topsy-turvy voting on Super Tuesday, Senator Barack Obama passed Hillary Clinton in the more recent network tallies of the number of delegates that the candidates picked up last night. The Obama camp now projects topping Clinton by 13 delegates, 847 to 834. Clinton had been portrayed in many news accounts as the night’s big winner, but Obama’s campaign says he wound up with a higher total where it really counts, the delegates who will choose the party’s nominee at this summer’s Democratic convention.

NBC News, which is projecting delegates based on the Democratic Party’s complex formula, figures that Obama will wind up with 840 to 849 delegates, versus 829 to 838 for Clinton. With the delegate count still under way, NBC News said Obama appears to have won around 840 delegates in yesterday’s contests, while Clinton earned about 830, “give or take a few,” Tim Russert, the network’s Washington bureau chief, said on the “Today” show.

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