7th and 8th Grade “Yes We Can” Essays
In President-Elect Obama’s “Yes We Can Speech”
there was one paragraph that says, “This is our chance to answer that call.
This is our moment. This is our time- to put out people back to work and open
doors of opportunity for our kids; restore prosperity and promote the cause of
peace, to reclaim the American Dream and reaffirm that fundamental truth- that
out of many we are one; that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met
with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond
with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can. Thank
you, God bless you, and may God Bless that United States of America.”
While reading this paragraph I thought of
the song “Runaway Love” by Ludacris and Mary J. Blidge. The children are our
next generation. In the song “Runaway Love” it tells about 3 young girls who
have a bad time while they are at home.
At the end of the song you know that they runaway from home and they
don’t plan to come back. When Obama says, “This is our time-to put out people
back to work and open doors of opportunity for out kids,” so he wants to open
the doors and opportunities for our children.
Obama does plan to help the opportunity of our children, just like the
quote says, “
In “Runaway Love” the parents of the three girls
wouldn’t let their children fly and live their own life. In the song some bad things
happen to the children. One little girl is abused, another one’s mother has
some bad habits, and the last girl is 11 years old and is about to have a baby
with her 16 year old boyfriend. At the end Mary J. Blidge sings her own solo
and talks about how the girls don’t have to keep running and that made me think
of Obama and how he’s trying to open new opportunities for the children of our
In conclusion when Obama tries to help
the children he should think about the song, “Runaway Love” and how other
things like that could be happening and not only that people can’t get certain
jobs or about how he has to feed the hungry, he should think about the child
abuse, how some mothers can’t take care of their children.
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The song I chose that would be good to
play as the anthem for the incoming Obama administration is “Waiting on the
World to Change” by the man with the identity of John Mayer. It would be
good because President-Elect Obama’s speech talks about change and how he will
Obama’s speech talks about looking out
and having empathy for each other. He says, “look after not only
ourselves, but each other…- in this country, we rise or fall as one nation; as
one people.” Also, that
The song “Waiting on the World to
Change” by John Mayer would be a good anthem for the incoming Obama
administration because it talks about change and how we all stand for a purpose
and have meaning in the world. These lines in the song “Me and all my
friends we're all misunderstood. They say we stand for nothing and there's no
way we ever could. Now we see everything is going wrong with the world
and those who lead it. We just feel like we don't have the means, to rise
above and beat it” States that people in our environment may put us down, and
make us feel like we can’t do anything about it. It also states that we
have the power to take on any problem, but sometimes we don’t realize it.
In conclusion, the song “Waiting on
the World to Change” by John Mayer would be a good anthem because it talks
about how the world needs change, and President-Elect Barack Obama will give
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Obama believes that if we work
together to change
The song “Where is the Love” talks
about violence and the wrongs in the world, terrorism, the KKK, nations
dropping bombs on each other, animosity, and chemical gasses. “So I can ask
myself really what is going wrong with this world that we live in people keep
on giving in, making wrong decisions.” This relates to Obama’s speech because
these are some of the things Obama wants to change with everyone’s help. Where is the love? If
we all work together we can make a huge difference in the world, and just
maybe, Obama’s the man to do it.
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Thomas Paine stated, “The summer
soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis shrink from the service
of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of
man and women.” Thomas Paine’s quote symbolizes the main ideas of
President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech. The song “Waiting on the World to
Change” by John Mayer relates to President-Elect Obama’s election night speech
by telling the world to work together for a change.
The main ideas of President-Elect Barack Obama’s can be about change, empathy,
interdependence, and citizenship. The concepts of empathy and
interdependence are represented in the quote “this is our time-to put our
people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids: to restore
prosperity and promote the cause of peace; to reclaim the American Dream and
reaffirm that fundamental truth-that out of many we are one…” The theme
of change and citizenship are in this quote, “So let us summon a new sprit of
patriotism; of service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in
and work harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other…”
The song, “Waiting on The World to Change” by John Mayer and President-Elect
Obama’s election night speech have similar ideas. The song tells that
John Mayer’s song and President-Elect Obama’s speech both relate to
change. In the song by John Mayer tells how people are unhappy with the
world and that they wait on the world to change. The message of
President-Elect Obama’s speech indicated that
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there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all
things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in
our time; who still questions the power of our democracy" This is a quote
by President-Elect, Barack Obama. On
will be strong even if it all goes wrong, when I’m standing in the dark I’ll
still believe." The song "Someone’s Watching Over Me" by Hilary
Duff reminds me a lot of President-Elect Barack Obama’s election night speech.
The song is about staying strong until the end, which is kind of what Obama’s
speech was about and also to bring change. "And to all those who have
wondered if America’s beacon still burns as bright – tonight we proved once
more that the true strength of our nation comes not from our the might of our
arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals:
democracy, liberty, opportunity, and unyielding hope.." Barack Obama has a
plan to bring change to the nation, and not giving up until he succeeds.
that ray of light and it’s shinning on my destiny. Shining all the time. And I
won’t be afraid to follow every where it’s taking me. All I know is yesterday
is gone and right now I belong to this moment in my dreams." This quote
shows that no matter where life leads us we must "follow the light",
follow where ever it is taking us.
"Someone’s Watching Over Me" by Hilary Duff relates to
President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech because it resembles working to succeed.
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The song (God Bless the
In Obama’s speech Obama says that
The song I chose is called “God Bless the
“This is our moment” says Obama. We should be “proud to be an
American.” From the song and the speech we know that by choice “yes we
can” make a change. Together we have the power to make a difference.
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The song “Last Dollar (Fly Away)”
could be a good theme song for our new President-Elect Barack Obama. They both
have a positive attitude and talk about good things in the future.
The main message of President-Elect
Obama’s speech is that
The song I chose is “Last Dollar (Fly
Away)” by Tim McGraw. It has a similar message because it’s very positive. The singer
is thanking those people who helped him and now he is going “to have to fly
The song counts “
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The song “God Bless the
There’s always a first for everything. We had our first elected mixed-race President
Barack Obama; who gave his famous speech when he was elected to be President.
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that
I chose “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood because it relates to the
speech given by President-Elect Obama because obama talks about having already
achieved gives us hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow and in “God
Bless the U.S.A.” it is talking about “If tomorrow all the things were gone I
worked for all my life and I had to start again with just my children and my
wife, I’d thank the lucky stars to be living here today; cause the flag still
stands for freedom and they can’t take that away.”
In conclusion the song “God Bless the U.S.A.” talks about “How we are proud to
be an American where at least I know I am free” and Obama’s election
speech talks about “this is our moment this is our time to reclaim the powerful
America dream” “and out of many we are one” and “ we will fall as a Nation and
we will rise in as one Nation”. Barack Obamas speech shows that “yes we can”
make a change, the song “God Bless the
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The song I
picked is called “Everyday” by Rascal Flatts. Barack Obama worked hard to earn
the votes to become the President of the
Obama talked about people choosing to make a change in how the country was run.
He said “
talks about how “you save my life” and about the support given to the
singer. This is similar to the support given to Obama, throughout his
campaign. “You save my life”, is like Obama appreciating his supporters
and how they have given him a new life as the President-Elect.
“Everyday” would be a good theme song for President-Elect Obama, because of the
how he worked so hard to come from behind and win the election. The support
Obama received through out the country shows that people want to change and be
saved as well. Do you think Obama is going to be a good president, I do?
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“Ring out the bells again like we did
when spring began,” is a verse in the song “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by
Green Day. This verse reminds me of Obama’s election night speech.
President-Elect Obama’s speech was about change and this verse is also talking
about the changes in life.
The main ideas and message of the speech given by President- Elect Obama are
unity, political system, and citizenship. Unity is the condition of being
united. It also means harmony. In Obama’s speech he says, “In this
country, we rise or fall as one nation; as one people.” This is an example of
his message of unity. He also spoke about the political system. He said
that our democracy is strong and was heard in the election. Barack Obama
is encouraging our citizenship by asking each one of us “to pitch in and work
“Wake Me Up When September Ends” by
Green Day is also about change. It says, “Summer has come and passed, the
innocent can never last.” This quote is about seasons and people changing
and how things always change. This goes with Obama’s speech because both are
about how we need change.
President- Elect Obama wants to change
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President-Elect Obama and John Lennon may have had a lot in common. As
you listen to the song “Imagine” and you hear the strong message that was
expressed in President-Elect Obama’s election night speech, “Yes We Can,” there
appears to be a common feeling for joining together for the good of mankind.
President-Elect Obama’s speech, he celebrates the choice of the American people
and embrace the opportunity to call upon the people to join together in
interdependence. He gives a message of hope, a message of unity, a
message of change. He gives a message of encouragement saying that, “
Lennon’s “Imagine,” the message is similar in that it expresses a
joining together of mankind in peace and unity. He is imagining a
world where “all the people are living for today, where all the people [are]
living life in peace.” The song says “you may say I’m a dreamer.”
This seems very strong in connection with the choice of the American people in
electing President-Elect Obama. The American people have a dream for
change and prosperity, or, as John Lennon puts it, “a brotherhood of
man…..sharing all the world.” It is a message of power, unity, peace and hope.
while John Lennon’s song “Imagine” was written more that 30 years ago, the
message remains the same as our first African American president brings forth a
message of hope and unity and imagines a world of peace for the American
people. Can we join as one? Yes We Can!
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“No More Trouble”, by Bob Marley
relates to the election speech by Barack Obama because he is our President-
Elect who makes our decisions for our country. We hope that those
decisions are trouble-free and best for our country.
President-Elect Barack Obama discussed how he would make our country better as
we “look after not only ourselves but each other.” This is important
because we are an interdependent country. He also says that “
The song I chose is “No More Trouble”, by Bob Marley is similar to Barack
Obama’s speech because it talks about how we need love and someone to guide and
protect us. After electing President- Elect Barack Obama we are hoping
that he makes changes that do not cause trouble. The song says “We don’t
need no more trouble. Make love and not war. What we need is love
to guide and protect us.” People have to choose to vote and “seek
From this song and the election speech, we learn that “yes we can” make changes
that are good for our country. As Obama says, “
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“Yes We Can.” These are the
words of Barack Obama our new President- Elect. For the President’s victory
theme song, I have chosen “A Little Bit Longer” by the Jonas Brothers. I think
this song would be a good song for the President- Elect because it talks about
waiting and waiting for something you really want. Obama has waited a very long
time to accomplish being President.
President-Elect Obama’s victory speech
says a lot of things, but most importantly it talks about change. “This
election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations.”
That is a part of the speech that talks about change. “
Barck Obama wants to reach out and
help people and McCain is no better than Bush. I don’t want to say People who
voted for McCain made a bad choice, I just personally like Obama. “Ann Nixon
Cooper knows how
“A Little Bit Longer” is, I think, a
good song as the President’s theme song. This song is mainly about a boy
diagnosed with diabetes but it still has a similar message. The message is, a
little bit longer and Obama will be our President. “So I’ll wait till kingdom
come, all the highs and lows have gone” is a part of the song I feel talks
about change too and the election. All the highs and lows of the election have
gone; it’s all gone, done. We have a new President and we can’t Vote again.”
This is our chance to answer that call. This is our moment. This is our time.”
Yet another quote from Obama’s speech that I feel matches a part of the song.”
All this time goes still no reason why.” I feel that matches because there
still isn’t a reason why Obama won, or why people chose Obama or McCain. There
are reasons why but, I feel nobody really knows why they make choices in life.
“If the road of success is too long, too rough, and you think of giving up, just
think Of how good it will be to achieve your dream.” That is a quote that I
made up for the Thomas Paine assignment that I thought Obama would believe in.
Obama is the new President- Elect, he achieved his dream. Back in George
Washington’s time, nobody ever thought of An African American President.
Change. If an African American can be
President-Elect, why can’t there be a woman President, or a younger President?
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I chose the song “Wake up
President-Elect Obama’s speech is mainly about how we can change
“Wake up America, we’re all in this together … Wake up America, tomorrow
becomes a new day, and everything you do matters in some way…” is a quote
from the song “Wake up America” by Miley Cyrus and it’s about how what we do,
even if it’s a little thing, matters. It also is about how tomorrow is a new
day because everything changes from day to day. It is similar to
President-Elect Obama’s speech because both the song and his speech talk about
In conclusion, it is we the people who will make our home better for everyone.
“This is our time.” and he’s right, this is our time, our time to make
things right, our time to change how things are, our time to save
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Always believe in your self and your
friends. The song I chose was “Letters to
the President” written and sung by Hawk Nelson. The song ties in with
President-Elect Obama speech because the lyrics in “Letters to the President” are all about making a stand. Since
their start, the band always wanted to help change the world for the better.
People need to hear about hope and people deserve to be loved. The band hopes
this music brings inspiration to the uninspired.
Obama’s speech states that if anyone
Hawk Nelson's song “Letters to the President” symbolizes how the band wants the same ideas as Obama’s speech, that the world would have peace with the lyrics “Gotta recognize justice of our innocence”. The song also states how the world can be the most horrible place. The lyrics “Do they even know? Do they even know?” ask if the political systems know what they are doing to the planet, but it also states what the people can do to make this nation a flourishing nation.
conclusion, Barack Obama’s speech and Hawk Nelson’s song say only the people
this planet for the better. Like the song says, “If I was brave I’d write a
letter to the president”. If we all can be brave and write a letter to the
President saying how the world would be better I would bet that most of the
population would write a letter. Also, if we all just believe that we are
like President-Elect Obama, we all can encourage anyone to be a world saver.
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President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech reminded me of the song “Breaking
Free” from High School Musical. Some of the lines in that song go with the
speech. Like for example “But your faith it gives me strength, strength to believe…We’re
breaking free!” I think that song goes perfectly with his speech. Obama’s
speech is telling us about following your dreams and that we can do what we
want and don’t give up. Also the song goes with Obama’s speech because that
song is about in some parts are that your breaking free like in the title of
the song and that also one of the lines in the song is “there’s not a star in
heaven that we can’t reach.” Which reminds me of in Obama’s speech is, “
Don’t be afraid to be yourself like Obama says and “Yes we can!”
Also in the song here is another lyric that I think goes with Obama’s speech,
“You know the world can see us in a way that’s different then who we are.” I think
that line to me means that your different and that you don’t care what people
think about you and just be yourself. Another line in the song “Breaking Free”
is “But your faith it gives me strength, strength to believe.” I think that if
you add that line to a line from Obama’s speech you will get…”But your faith it
gives me strength, strength to believe that yes we can!”
President-Elect Obama’s speech and the song “Breaking Free” from High
School Musical go really great together I think. The speech is talking about
empathy and the song is talking about being yourself.
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are proud of the
The speech Barack Obama said was about
interdependence and anything is possible if we work together. One way the song
and speech are alike they both talk about interdependence. Like the song says
“And I gladly stand up next to you” and then the speech says, “look after not
only ourselves, but each other.” Working together is important
because we can succeed by reaching for our goals and hopes as one. Like
Obama said, “out of many, we are one.”
Also, they both talk about patriotism,
dreams, hopes, and working together. The speech says “So let us summon a
new spirit of patriotism, an example of patriotism in the song is, “I’d thank
my lucky stars to be living here today.” In the speech he talks about hopes and
dreams when he says, “
Conclusion, working together, hopes and dreams all connect in a way. Like when
you work together you need to have empathy for people and when you work
together you, as a group, are so much more powerful. Like in the speech Obama
says “Yes we can, thank you, god bless you, and may God Bless the
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people help other people, they use team work and try to understand, not to
judge people by the outside. Just because you might not like the color of
their skin whether they are black, white, or any color it doesn’t matter.
All that really matters is what’s on the inside, which brings me to Garth
Brook’s song, “We Shall Be Free” because in the song he talks about a lot of
things that are important. One of his quotes is “When the last thing we
notice is the color of skin, and the first thing we look for is the beauty
within”. In my personal opinion, I think that is one of the best quotes
that he said because it is so true. And I think that’s how people should
think about things instead of being so judgmental.
“We Shall Be Free”, by Garth Brooks, is a good comparison to President-Elect
Barack Obama’s speech because it is so real and so is the speech.
Everything in his speech is true, all the words he has said to dedicate himself
to his country. Like all the lines in the song you can compare the song
to Obama’s speech. Like this line in the song, “When we walk hand and hand”.
Which goes along with this sentence in the speech, “and look after not only
ourselves, but each other”. And I think that they match because when you
walk hand in hand I think that it means that you are helping people instead of
not helping them, just because you don’t like them. And not to think of
just ourselves, but think of each other and that’s what Obama said in his
speech. Just like a lot of other lines in the song go along with the
speech. But it’s not all about the song and the speech, it is also about
what you can do to help the world and what is the right thing to do.
There is another line in the song that I like. It goes like this, “Stand
straight, walk proud”, I really like that sentence in
that Obama deserves to be president because we need a change in the
world. And I am not trying to be cruel about the color of his skin
like some other people would, or do. I am just trying
to explain why we needed or why we should have a black president because
even though some people may not like it, I personally think that it was the
right thing to do. I believe that if everyone works together then we can
make the world a better place. Also, I believe that Obama can run this
country as any one of the other presidents have ever did or maybe even
“When this worlds big enough for all
different views”. In Barack Obama’s speech, he also talks about
slavery and the color of skin, and the one person he talks about is Ann Nixon
Cooper who is 106 years old. And when she was born just a generation past
slavery, but she still could not vote for two reasons. Those two reasons
are because she was a woman and because the color of her skin, which
is what I think really needs to change. But this year in the election she
touched her finger to the screen and voted. She said even after 106 years
she still believes that
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I chose the
song “Don’t Stop Believin” by Journey for a couple different reasons. One
reason is not only because its one of my favorite songs, but the lyrics to
the song go with every word of Barack Obama’s speech. For example, the lyrics
“strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard” is kind of like when strangers
that Barack Obama doesn’t even know, were waiting on the streets, waiting to
vote for him.
Another line from the song that would match President-Elect Barack Obama’s
speech would be “some will win, some will loose”. This goes along with the
speech and goes along with the whole thing about being elected. Its pretty
simple…Barack Obama won, John McCain lost.
Believin’” goes along with Obama’s speech because a lot of people didn’t think
we were ever going to have a black President, but we do now and that surprised
a lot of people. You never know, next we could have a woman President.
You never know what can happen so “Don’t Stop Believin” also means never give
up hope and dreams and Barack Obama talks about that a lot in his speech. “Yes
we can” is a line from the speech that goes along with that line from the poem.
conclusion, Barack Obama stated that all things are possible. Think about it a
106 year-old black women came out to vote this year and when she was the legal
age to vote, she was discriminated against because she was a woman and she was
black. Just believe that all things are possible…be positive in life…life
will bring you everything it has.
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The start of something new……………… change, our
country has had a great change in just one day. President-Elect Obama was the
latest change in our nation. Barack said, “If there is anyone out there who
still doubts that
In Obama’s speech he says, “For that is the
true genius of
In the song “The Start of Something New” the
lyrics of the chorus goes something like this, “anything can happen when you
take a chance, I never believed in what I couldn’t see, I never opened my heart
to all the possibilities.” You never really know how many possibilities you
have unless you look for them. And as we have already experienced “anything can
happen when you take a chance.” Anything can happen when you take a
chance. “I never knew it could happen till it happened to me” was another line
from a song.
President–Elect Obama famous words, “Yes We
Can.” and the song’s title “The Start of Something New” go well together. Yes we
can have a fresh start of something new. You can always start over, but the
decisions you make are always permanent no matter what. Your choice.
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The song “How to Save a Life” by The
Fray is about helping people when they need it and not ignoring them.
This reminds me about President-Elect Barack Obama when he talked about helping
others. Helping people is a good thing in life because in return you might get
something or help back.
In Obama’s speech it says that “out of many, we are one” and that is similar to
“And I would have stayed up with you all night” from the Fray.
They are saying that we are all the same people and it is good to stay with
them and help them and Obama also says “Yes we can”. Another example of
similarity is in the lyrics it says “how to save a life” and in Obama’s speech
it says to look after not only ourselves, but each other.”
“How to Save a Life” would be a good
anthem or theme song because it is about helping people and saving lives.
Obama’s speech is very similar because he talks about helping people and he
says that we are all one and were all one people. Obama says “Yes we can”
because he knows we can do it and stick together as one world.
just always remember when you see someone who needs help, help them just like
President-Elect Obama and the Fray would do. If you don’t help them you just
won’t get anything in return. Helping people in life is a good thing and
not helping is just not right.
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“Let us summon a new spirit of patriotism; of
service and responsibility where each of us resolves to pitch in and work
harder and look after not only ourselves, but each other.” We have gone through
a great deal of pain over the years, but we managed to face it all and come out
on top. So now we should be proud of what our nation can do.
President-Elect Obama has made a difference in who
has been, and will be, in the White House. Now that we have an African American
President, we will probably have more changes in the society. Obama mainly
states that change will come but he talks about the people in the
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts