Can We Ask?

Colin Delany of TechPresident points to Can We Ask, a mildly interesting anti-Obama site that attempts to undermine Obama’s credibility by turning his campaign slogan (“Yes We Can”) against itself through a remix video in which Obama opponents submit questions for the presumptive Democratic nominee (it’s worth noting that the very existence of this site seems to assume that Obama will be the nominee, which is probably a safe assumption, but still…).

Like Delany, I’m not convinced that the video works. The generic spooky negative political ad music is pretty hokey, and while the video tries to use an Obama crowd chanting “Yes We Can” to support the idea of asking Obama questions about his policies, the video still seems to affirm Obama’s charisma and popularity as a candidate. The questions themselves are relatively forgettable (something about cutting taxes, something about voting present rather than “yes” or “no”), and my primary memory of the video is the repetition of the “Yes We Can” chant. I don’t know if this video is a “backfire,” as Delany puts it, so much as a stalled attempt to disrupt Obama’s narrative of empowerment.


  1. RC of strangeculture Said,

    May 9, 2008 @ 7:08 pm

    I think you can tell when someone has a good campaign when people start trying to come up with ways to make fun of it. It all creates press.

    A video like this isn’t backfire.

    Backfire is when you have a clip of something you said at one event that sounded good there, but goes against something you said the next day to another group of people.

  2. Chuck Said,

    May 10, 2008 @ 3:14 pm

    Yeah, I found the description of the video as a “backfire” to be a bit off. And the “Can We Ask” video does seem pretty desperate to turn Obama’s slogan against itself.

  3. Chuck Said,

    May 11, 2008 @ 1:35 pm

    It is more or less what you see, a Republican-sponsored website that is asking for “questions” for Barack Obama that they edit together with Obama’s supporters chanting his “Yes We Can” campaign slogan. As I said in my blog entry, I don’t think it works very well.

  4. Chuck Said,

    May 11, 2008 @ 6:07 pm

    Hmmm…I seem to have unintentionally deleted the comment I was responding to above. Weird.

  5. Joe Said,

    May 14, 2008 @ 12:13 am

    The RNC isn’t the only one that knows how to play on the internet:

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