American Prayer

This American Prayer was posted to my Facebook page Sunday by Hollywood actor, Michael O Keefe! It’s a music video featuring some celebrity friends of Obama and is doing the rounds among Democrat supporters in the United States….with funds raised from the song going to the Political Action Committee, MoveOn.org Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame put the words together with Bono, and Joan Baez and Martin Luther King feature. Barack Obama will accept the Democratic Party Nomination for President 45 years to the day of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

  • Harry Flashman

    Oh sweet screamin’ Jesus! If I was John McCain I’d scrap all my plans for advertising and simply pay all the networks to air this video every night on prime time.

    How to alienate the blue collar white voters in one simple lesson, keep it up Bambi ol’ son you’ll be heading for a 1984 Mondale sized washout.

    Have a butchers at this ad, good for a laugh compared to the windbaggery above:

    It’s not too late to pick Hillary you know

  • celebrities for Obama = redundant. He doesn’t win a single vote he doesn’t have already.

    I’m with Harry – he needs bluegrass and latin music videos if one even accepts he needs any at all.

  • self serving crap

    Junkys, foreigners, tax evaders, gays and hippies all taking themselves very seriously. Jason Alexander was very random.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “[i]Oh sweet screamin’ Jesus! If I was John McCain I’d scrap all my plans for advertising and simply pay all the networks to air this video every night on prime time.”[/i]

    Obviously you’re not American. Most of them are as thick as two short planks when it comes to common sense, politics
    and fame.

  • UMH = Ignorant Racist?

    “Obviously you’re not American. Most of them are as thick as two short planks when it comes to common sense, politics
    and fame.”

    Piss off UMH. I find that entirely unacceptable.

  • An Lochlannach

    ‘Stirring’ indeed. It certainly stirred my stomach.

  • latcheeco

    Really UMH, whereas your a genius by comparison, what with your flutes and bonfires, 21 st century theocrat former first minister, your disfunctional statelet with absurd form of sectarian carve up government,economically dependent basket case economy, your working class areas segregated by walls in case people get burned alive in their beds etc.etc. etc. Apologies to all other sluggerites who aren’t patronising retards.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Lol @ latcheeco.

    Admit it, most Americans are dumb-asses. Look at the US election campaign, they might as well start throwing out candy. Unbelievable.

  • latcheeco

    Again UMH,
    People who live in petrol-bombed houses shouldn’t throw stones. Idiocy isn’t confined to the land of the free. The Sun is your biggest selling newspaper and dictates who wins elections after all.

  • BfB

    Just when I think it can’t get any more bazahhh!!

    This is better than SNL in the good ole dayzz..

    btw, I hope Ulster remains your homeland.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “[i]People who live in petrol-bombed houses shouldn’t throw stones. Idiocy isn’t confined to the land of the free.”[/i]

    The people of N.Ireland are a lot smarter than the typical American when it comes to political matters, propaganda and common sense. America is a sitting duck when it comes to politics..

    “[i]The Sun is your biggest selling newspaper and dictates who wins elections after all.”[/i]

    we like looking at womens breasts, so what?

  • latcheeco

    O.k. UMH,
    On what earthly grounds do you base your last statement. Was this generalisation something you read in a “Combat” editorial? Sorry of course you’re much smarter, the evidence shows it. I mean the whole 50 years of Stormont ending in disaster, no way anyone could have seen that coming. Not to mention little girls not getting to school in Ardoyne being a stirring example of intellectual, political and dare I say common sensical genius or the pravinces trumpeted assimilation and welcoming of immigrants.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    “[i]On what earthly grounds do you base your last statement. Was this generalisation something you read in a “Combat” editorial?”[/i]

    LOL, the desperation shows you up.

    “[i]Sorry of course you’re much smarter, the evidence shows it. I mean the whole 50 years of Stormont ending in disaster, no way anyone could have seen that coming.”[/i]

    Why couldn’t anyone see it coming? when you go into war with us British, we play long.

    “[i]Not to mention little girls not getting to school in Ardoyne being a stirring example of intellectual, political and dare I say common sensical genius or the pravinces trumpeted assimilation and welcoming of immigrants.”[/i]

    Why do you want to link me with Johnny Adair? Desperate are we?

  • latcheeco

    Nope,never mentioned him,are you close? Just giving examples of your pravince’s vaunted sophistication in political and propaganda matters because you apparantly can’t.
    As for desperation, it’s actually more like shooting into an empty net which probably says as much about me as it does you.
    Are we to expect a rematch of Yorktown any time soon in your long game or will it be just as soon as our little satelllite has its war debt paid off?

  • Ulsters my homeland

    latcheeco, surely you have to do better than that?

    Admit it, the average American hasn’t a clue what they’re supporting, they seem the most loyal, they’re the most vocal, yet they’re the most gullible nation on earth who knows absolutely nothing about what they support.

  • Greenflag

    UMH,

    ‘The people of N.Ireland are a lot smarter than the typical American when it comes to political matters, propaganda and common sense.’

    Let’s look at the numbers

    NI 1920 to 1972

    One party quasi fascist State with a sectarian gerrymander carve of consituencies that directly led to the suspension of Stormont. Where is the ‘common sense ‘ ? It’s running around in the streets burning and killing .

    1972 to 1998 .

    Best described as the 25 years bridge to nowhere ending with the GFA . Common sense politics have been seen once for a week or two and were booted into a ditch by the ‘common sense Ulster Workers Strike.

    1998 to 2007 .

    We’re working on it -talking about talking about talking about talking about common sense . Having taken 40 years to talk directly to each other the now highly intelligent NI parties have decided they don’t like to talk to each other anymore and much preferred it when they did’nt have to talk to each other .

    USA 1776 to 2008

    Apart from a brief interlude oddly enough on this day 194 years ago Aug 24th 1814 when UMH’s countrymen in a fit of pique/envy/revenge burned the USA Capitol Washington DC to te ground Americans have maintained their democracy and have even helped their former British Colonial Master and early 19th century enemy arsonist , to avoid being defeated by the continental powers in two world wars .

    ‘Why couldn’t anyone see it coming? when you go into war with us British, we play long. ‘

    You omittted the last word

    We play long and ——-dirty .

    Ironic is’nt it how the inventors of the Queensberry Rules are always among the first to break them . When the interests of British politics and imperial interests came up against the law – it did’nt pay to place too much faith in the law 🙁

    In Northern Ireland ? well the less said the better about the ‘law’ in those parts . We already see the Assembly imploding over the issue of devolution of responsibility for local security and policing .

  • susan

    Well, Forest Whitaker still has a smile that would melt steel. That’s the good news on that video. I agree with Mark Dowling, Obama needs country music and Latin music right now. Or better yet, skip the lyrics and talk plainly to the blue collar and military families bearing the brunt of the fallout from the Bush-McCain economic and military policies.

    I just did a quick search and discovered that Toby Keith, who had a big and enduring post 9/11 hit country with “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” — (signature line: “We’ll stick a boot up your ass, it’s the American Way”) — is a Democrat and is on record saying Obama is a good candidate.

    News someone could use, I would think.

    And I read on-line today in the New York Times that the pastor who performed the marriage ceremony for Jenna Bush, W.’s daughter, is an active Obama supporter.

    Also found out that Roseanne Cash, daughter of Johnny, slammed some country singer who has a single out called “Raising McCain” for claiming Johnny Cash would’ve voted for McCain, saying she doesn’t know who her father would have voted for.

    Incidentally, does anyone know how Roseanne Cash’s ex-husband Rodney Crowell, came to be wearing a “Free Derry” tee shirt on his greatest hits album?

    Great album, by the way.

  • latcheeco

    Again UMH on what grounds and empirical results do you base these conclusions. Still no proof just your assertion. Is it based on something your government funded but clearly unbiased news told you? Is it hearsay? Or does “Americans are dumb” come from the same philosophical stable as “we’re up to our necks in Fenian blood” or “never trust a taig.” “Loyal and vocal” would that be like annual vocal/musical loyalty to the same queen whose govt. enforced Hillsborough and the GFA on people as British as the constituents of Finchley. Some nations are sentimental by nature, others are like the dwarves in Belfastman C.S. Lewis’s The Last Battle. I wouldn’t confuse sentimentality with stupidity which seems to be what you are suggesting.

  • Comrade Stalin

    McCain is a psychopath and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near office.

    Obama, on the other hand, is dull and uninspiring. I can’t nail him down on a single policy, and when I do, he appears to change it. I’m getting eerie flashbacks to the 95-97 period when Labour were positioning themselves to replace the Conservatives. Tony Blair made it very clear to everyone that Labour was changed. He took great care to build friendships among the large corporations and special interests, including Thatcherite champions of the right such as Murdoch. But most importantly, he had very little to say about what he was going to do – there’d be “change” and there’d be a “new deal” but nobody took any time to explain what those meant. Well, Obama looks very much the same right now.

  • latcheeco

    no, no, no people! Leave him he’s mine:)

  • latcheeco

    Comrade,
    Mick Hall suggested the same thing not long ago during the primaries. Unfortuntely the presidential game here is as much about not getting nailed down on issues than trading blows on policies that are going to change on the point of impact anyway because nobody really knows the extent of the mess the winner will find. Just the way it is, especially if you’re the first viable black candidate: go the distance, don’t get hit. There are parallels with Blair but mostly on style Obama is not coming from a background anything like old labour. Both parties here are capitalist to greater or lesser degree we often confuse democrats as almost socilist which they are very far from being.

  • latcheeco

    So to sum up UMH your ideas come down to “sure nah, you’re thick and we’re smarter than you ’cause we’re… ah…ulster pradezans and we have the queen and the twelfth and fries and whathaveye.

  • Dewi

    Susan:

    Paragraph 4 must be linked somehow

    Derry T Shirt

  • prolefodder

    This is perfect for large sections of the US electorate – no one so far has said that what works in Norn Iron would not work in the US. These resolutely upbeat, positive, we can change the world type ads are as central to any US election as the attack ads. Sure it’ll piss off some white blue collar workers and sure as hell won’t convince hard-core republicans, but that’s not the demographic its aimed at. Its clever marketing, duh!

  • latcheeco

    Prolefodder,
    That was my point when I said that Americans were sentimental by nature.This works as an ad directed at their nature.

  • latcheeco

    Has somebody put “Ulster” to bed?

  • susan

    In what sense, latcheeco? :o)

    DEWI ABU. You are the greatest. I was wrong about it being the greatest hits, it was “The Outsider” sleeve.

    http://www.roots-and-branches.com/Rodney Crowell Outsider.jpg

  • latcheeco

    Thank you Susan, i’ll be here all week;)

  • Rory

    Oh dear! Where circumstances cried out for a Gary Cooper figure we are presented instead with – Barry Manilow! It is almost as though the Obama camp know in their heart-of-hearts that victory must elude them and so they prepare this lovely bitter-sweet swan song that they might at least have the consolation of the what might-have-been.

    In Irish terms it’s like a Joycean dinner where the dreams of the Lost Leader are tearfully resurrected or a Continuity Sinn Féin rally where The Wolfe Tones are endlessly looped playing The Boys of the Old Brigade.

    I have the strongest feeling that Obama simply doesn’t know his USA. I will be happy if it turns out instead that I am wrong and that it was I who didn’t understand.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘Admit it, most Americans are dumb-asses. Look at the US election campaign, they might as well start throwing out candy.’

    Im great believer in judging a body politic by its most popular politcal commentators, in which case with the likes of Bill Maher and John Stewart and the humour they use to undercut the politcal establishment, the ‘Ameerikans’ are streets ahead of us in this part of Europe.

  • Comrade Stalin

    latcheeco,

    Thanks for that very measured opinion. Yes, I don’t have a terribly high opinion of the Democrats, and they certainly aren’t socialists (not necessarily a bad thing). It still seems to me that it is the Republicans who set the agenda in US politics, and has been for some time, and the Democrats seem to spend a lot of their time rebutting Republican suggestions about their point of view.

    republicanstones,

    Im great believer in judging a body politic by its most popular politcal commentators, in which case with the likes of Bill Maher and John Stewart and the humour they use to undercut the politcal establishment, the ‘Ameerikans’ are streets ahead of us in this part of Europe.

    I disagree, we’ve had satire against politicians in the UK for a long time. Rory Bremner for example. Furthermore, the mainstream media in the UK ask proper questions of the politicians and put them on the spot, while still being impartial. The US mainstream media behave as though they’re scared to do this. The US president doesn’t like doing live interviews, for christ’s sake, and this fact is barely commented upon. The leader of the most powerful country in the world is scared of journalists and TV cameras.

  • Henry94

    I hope McCain wins but that’s a fine song.

  • Dewi

    Rory

    “The Wolfe Tones are endlessly looped playing The Boys of the Old Brigade.”

    Adopt a Unionist Wonder how far this scheme will get

  • Dewi

    Back on topic – if I were American seeing foreigners (Bono & Stewart) interfering I wouldn’t be too happy I must admit.

    From Economist:

    Note the scale of the Obama operation in New Mexico
    A little more important than videos.

  • Berlusconi’s campaign song was much worse than this – truly cringeworthy – and it didn’t do him any harm. I doubt that many people will change their vote, one way or the other, based on a campaign song. If you want full on campaign songs, you need to go to Jamaica where they seem to taken them very seriously. “Me an me neighba’, we votin for Laba’!”

  • Dewi

    Sammy my sister went to the Caribean on holiday last year:

    “Jamaica?”

    “No, she wanted to go…” Sorry

    Delroy Wilson – better must come A campaign song for Manley in the 70s….

  • susan

    I doubt this is an official campaign song, just one of several. The convention is this week, I’m sure they’ll come up with something to dial up the mainstream.

    Dewi, the first image that came to my mind reading the Wolfe Tones’ “adopt a Unionist” scheme was of a full-throated Finbar Furey camped outside Pete Baker’s doorstep and serenading him with the eighties song “Melt with You” on mandolin every time he flicks on a light switch.

    Do you think it would work?

  • Dewi

    Do you think it would work?……hmmm dunno – if he sang:
    “There was never a May deadline”
    he might get somewhere……

  • 0b101010

    As well as making me gag, this latest in the line of sing-a-longs confirms to me that Obama’s cloying base is probably his campaign’s own worst enemy.

    It also seems rather distasteful for non-Americans to involve themselves in an American presidential campaign like this.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘Rory Bremner for example’

    Please tell me you didn’t just recommend Bremner. He’s boring and not really up to it. Bird and Fortune’s skits are much better. Of course for politcal commentary there was only one Mark Thomas.

    ‘The US mainstream media behave as though they’re scared to do this. The US president doesn’t like doing live interviews, for christ’s sake, and this fact is barely commented upon.’

    Well if the US media are afraid to do a Paxman, why then is the Prezzie afraid to do interviews?

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘The leader of the most powerful country in the world is scared of journalists and TV cameras.’

    Iosef I think you and I will agree at least, that if you had the particular grasp of the english language which wee Dubya has you wouldn’t be too keen on journos and TV cameras either.

  • Greenflag

    Comrade Stalin,

    ‘McCain is a psychopath’

    Any actual basis or proof for this claim ?

    He’s a career politician and a successful one to judge by his several re-elections

    ‘and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near office’

    ‘Obama, on the other hand, is dull and uninspiring.’

    Which is why he draws crowds of 80,000 plus to his rallies around the USA ?

    ‘ I can’t nail him down on a single policy’

    Under the best circumstances it’s difficult to nail down politicians on policy before elections .

    Given the present mess in public finances in the USA , as the party of ‘small ‘ government has squandered and looted the national kiddy bank ,and ‘removed ‘ trillions of dollars in home equity for millions of Americans , I’m not surprised that both parties are being less than specific . Neither party knows yet what the final ‘taxpayer ‘ cost will be for either the war or the property meltdown and rescue of financial institutions.

  • Comrade Stalin

    RepublicanStones:

    Iosef I think you and I will agree at least, that if you had the particular grasp of the english language which wee Dubya has you wouldn’t be too keen on journos and TV cameras either.

    I think a lot of Bush’s English hash-ups are deliberate.

    What’s more serious is that he doesn’t have a grasp on his own policies. He’s scared of being asked a question and not knowing what the answer is.

    Greenflag:

    Any actual basis or proof for this claim ?

    Now you’re being silly.

    Which is why he draws crowds of 80,000 plus to his rallies around the USA ?

    I don’t form my opinions of politicians based on how popular they are, at least not consciously.

  • latcheeco

    Ob101010,
    Again you have to remember that apart from the sharing of a language most Americans have very little in common with you in terms of psychology, world-view, aspiration, background etc. This sort of commercial does have some potential in their market. Now its clearly not going to work everywhere. If they were as grounded as you are in the reality of the world’s ugliness they would probably gag too. As regards outsiders I would not be surprised if some of the people appearing in this video did not have dual-citizenship encouraged by Bush’s favorable tax cuts for the rich.

  • Greenflag

    CS,

    ‘What’s more serious is that he doesn’t have a grasp on his own policies. He’s scared of being asked a question and not knowing what the answer is. ‘

    Too true . 750 is the number to date of new laws which Dubya has challenged with signing statements declaring his intent to reinterpret or disregard the laws he has just signed .

    Which is all the more remarkable given that a total of 568 signing statments were issued not just by any of his predecessors but 568 was thee total for all previous 42 Presidents of the USA .

    ‘I don’t form my opinions of politicians based on how popular they are’

    Neither do I . But it’s popularity what wins elections .I expect Obama if elected will be just as much in hock to the Wall St ‘money interests’ as Bill Clinton was or Hilary Clinton would have been that’s why I take his ‘change ‘ message with a grain of salt . Probably the best card Obama has going for him is that nobody but nobody could do as bad as the present shower of incompetents.

    ‘Ob101010’

    Distasteful ? We’re talking ‘politics ‘ here . You start with the premise that it’s distasteful from the outset and then work your way to the eventual comprises that are needed to govern a modern democratic (in theory) society .

    We realise that NI may be an exception to the general rule and that what has passsed for politics there, for the past 80 years has been not only tasteful and edifying, but intellectually stimulating and choc full of progressive ideas such as one taig one vote and one prod eye equals one taig eye .Similar for teeth 🙁

  • Big Maggie

    Did anybody actually pay attention to the “lyrics” of this load of crap?

    And this is the ground
    That keeps our feet from getting wet
    And this is the sky over our head
    And what you see depends on where you stand
    And how you jump will tell you where you’re gonna land

    American Prayer
    American Prayer

    It’s almost elegiac isn’t it? Jesus in a handbasket. If Obama isn’t elected will that mean that God:

    1. Hates Obama?
    2. Hates Bono?
    3. Hates Dave Stewart?

    My money’s on 3.

  • latcheeco

    Margaret ya girl ye,
    It’s a shite pop rallying song in the dubious tradition of Huey Long’s “Every Man A King.”
    Rory,
    It was Gary Cooper/John Wayne wanted dead or alive bullshit that got America in the current mess

  • BfB

    It was Gary Cooper/John Wayne wanted dead or alive bullshit that got America in the current mess

    Mess? Not from where I’m standing. Where are you standing latch? Best look around in your own eeyoo neighborhood and reassess. You seem to think that foolish eurpeen opinions of situations they have only prejudice and jealousy to lean back on are somehow valid if just spoken and written. Mr. Putin would disagree with you then, wouldn’t he?

  • Brenna

    Latcheeco,

    I love your commentary, it was hilarious, especially the back and forth with the Ulster guy.

    I don’t know if any of you are American’s like I am, but to hear all of you give your comments on your opinion of our election process, candidates, etc. Is just plain funny to me.

    I had not heard of or seen the video, until I came to this blog. Most American’s I know don’t listen to famous people about politics; no we don’t make our decisions lightly. Being a democrat, last eight years has been embarrassing and we just we need a change. I am a black American and I voted for Hilary and am damn upset she didn’t get the vote. I think Obama is better than McCain (lesser evil if you will) and will vote for him to get a keep a republican out of office. I don’t think American’s can stand the humiliation of another Republican in office. We need to do better and I sure as hell hope Obama, if he wins, will do better.

  • latcheeco

    BfB,
    Sorry for the delay I’ve been trying to decipher your post without the aid of an enigma machine. Here goes:
    “eeyoo” Did the frogs and krouts just annex Mobile? The bastards! Is their no end to their aggrandisement? Is that who that Gustav fella is coming into the Gulf?
    “Mess” So you haven’t bought gas any time lately?
    “Putin” I have no clue what he thinks. Unlike mystic Dubya I have no talent for Slavic soul staring.

  • latcheeco

    Brenna,
    Mick Hall is that you trying to dress up like a black woman again? 🙂

  • BfB

    latchkey

    How much do you pay for petrol?

  • latcheeco

    I paid $3.37 this morning for gas. Why has Bush got me a bargain?