Can Ahmadinejad copy Obama's election slogan? Yes, he can
Guardian / Robert Tait
29-Apr-2009 (15 comments)

Obama's signature campaign slogan, Yes We Can, has been replicated by the Iranian president in a promotional video issued for Iran's presidential poll on 12 June, when Ahmadinejad is seeking re-election.

The video features a cover picture of Ahmadinejad wearing his trademark white jacket and pointing to the Farsi phrase Ma Mitavanim (We Can) on a blackboard. The film is aimed at students and capitalises on his former status as a university lecturer.

Its release coincides with that of another campaign video apparently attempting to trump Obama by recounting Ahmadinejad's visit to Turkey.


What a STUPID reporter

by Q on

Here's a picture of Ahmadinejad's campaign material in Iran four years ago.



Dear Molana, Thanks a million!

by Jaleho on

Please accept my humble gratitude. Such a pleasant compliment from such a name, in particular since I am used to being kicked like an old rag 'round here ;-)


Not Surprising

by Anonymous Joojeh (not verified) on

IRI's whole existence revolves around "oghdeh" about U.S. and Israel. More specifically, as we say in Persian: "Oghdeyeh khod kachal kam bini"!!


To Jaleho

by H. Molana (not verified) on

I agree with everything you say. Your wisdom, intellect, knowledge and know-hows are amazing and quite unique among Iranians.


Ahmadinejad couldn't come up

by sickofQ (not verified) on

Ahmadinejad couldn't come up with anything original even if he channled the Occult-hidden Imama.

The original slogan belong to United Farmers Workers in California led by Cezar Chavez.


Kaveh Nouraee

The Campaign Slogan Should Be

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Of Course We Can, We Know We Should, and Honestly We Really Need To, But We Won't.


Mahmood Should Copy Nike's Slogan

by EyIranEyMarze (not verified) on

I suggesst, he uses Nike's slogan "Just Do it" or "Faghat Bo*)("
That will match his speeches.
Select Mahmood for 2009, "Just Do it"

Etkhab kon Mahmood Barya 2009 " Faghat Bokon"


Obama Copied Ahmadinejad's campaign slogan!

by Jaleho on

Not the other way around, doh! Ahamadinejad's campaign slogan  with emphasis to nuclear energy was:

"We Can, And We Will"

He stayed true to his WINNING campaign slogan. No wonder he won't change it for the second term, and no wonder people who don't know much about what Iranian people stand for, even don't know what kind of slogan gathered them around Ahmadinejad!Here's one of Amir Taheri's best articles ever, courtesy of Ostad:


anonymous fish


by anonymous fish on

that might be the understatement of the



by capt_ayhab on

Hajminator you nailed it sir.

Yes we can screw Iran up, just give me 4 more years. I tell you though, I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he gets re-elected. He got tremendous boost in Durban II at the expense of Iranian people.



Thanks Q

by IRANdokht on

Especially for the 4 yr old campaign picture.



To anonymous fish

by Flounder (not verified) on

Dear I don't know if you are aware of this special trait quite prevalent among Iranians of all kinds.

When they don't like something or someone, they make fun of it/him/her or call it/him/her stupid, and that's being polite.

anonymous fish

imitation is the best form of flattery...:-)

by anonymous fish on

i don't see what the big deal is anyway. it's the intention that matters and hopefully it will be just as sincere.


Found Mahmoud's motto for the upcoming election

by Hajminator on

‫میتوانیم در عرض ۴ سال کشور را نابود کنیم. حالا ببینید با یک ۴ سال اضافی چه کارهای دیگر میتوانیم بکنیم.

Niloufar Parsi


by Niloufar Parsi on

just typical...