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Barack Obama thought “Yes we can” was “corny”

A new book also reveals that Michelle Obama shot down the idea of Hillary Clinton as VP


A new book on the Obamas, Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage, by Christopher Andersen provides new insight into the couple’s marriage, including the disclosure that the president didn’t like the now-famous slogan “Yes We Can” when his chief strategist David Axelrod suggested it. Andersen reports Obama found the catch phrase “childish” and “corny,” and asked his staff to find something else. It wasn’t until Michelle Obama told him “It will work. Trust me” that he agreed to use it. Andersen also reports Michelle Obama shot down Hillary Clinton as a potential vice president, opting for Joe Biden. “Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House, she reportedly told her husband. “Could you live with that?” The 328-page book also details the couple’s struggle with infertility, how they reconnected after their daughter Sasha’s meningitis scare, and Barack Obama’s frustration with his wife’s “constant criticism” about his role at home, a complaint he called “unfair” and “shortsighted.”

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Barack Obama thought “Yes we can” was “corny”

  1. Obama is lucky that Hillary was so magnanimous in defeat. She is doing a fantastic job. Biden, to me, seems like an empty suit at this point. That is essentially what the VP is supposed to be, though Cheney’s tenure might have given one a different impression.

  2. To be honest, I agree with Barack. The fact that "Yes We Can" inspired so many people speaks volumes about their collective mind… specifically, the simpleness and impressionability of it.

  3. Hilary looks more like a male than a female.I saw her snap at a student when she said she wasn't channeling Bil.I think she should try that whole chaneling thing

  4. The Republicans could have used Yes I Can !

  5. They were both right. Of course it's corny. And of course it would work.

    • That captures it.

  6. I am more troubled that B.O. couldnt see what M.O. saw regarding H.C.

    Maybe this guy overthinks things, or thinks he can fix an interpersonal problem… was a very wise decision.