Saturday, November 08, 2008

Yes We Can

Barack ObamaIt's been a few days now since Barack Obama became President Elect of the USA and I couldn't be happier. It's beginning to sink in and it'll be interesting to see how thinks play out over the next four years. I noticed during the broadcast of Obama's rally at Grant Park in Chicago the night of the election, after the national anthem was sung, they showed an Obama promotional video on a video screen set to The National's "Fake Empire". By and large it was only the instrumental portion of the song playing and there's no denying the hopeful and uplifting sound of the instrumentation. As I found out, the promotional video was out prior to the election, and The National played an Obama rally recently in Cincinatti. However, on another level, with the song's various meanings (in particular, it's political interpretations), lyrically it's an appropo choice when viewing the song as a denouncement of the state of the union (in the US under George W. Bush), especially the lyric "We're half-awake in a fake empire".

Video: Barack Obama rally @ Grant Park in Chicago (Nov 4, 2008) (ffwd to 2 min 10 sec)
Video: "Signs of Hope and Change" (Obama promotional video)

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