A new video titled “Yes We Can: Your Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency” is going viral as Obama prepares to leave office in less than two weeks. The video was first shared the day before the Obamas held a star-studded farewell party at the White House last weekend.
In the video, celebrity appearances are interspersed with video of regular, everyday Americans all talking about their favorite memories of the Obama presidency, from his work on things like healthcare and marriage equality to his compassionate leadership in the face of tragedies like the Sandy Hook school shootings and his general good-nature and sense of humor/humanity.
Celebrities sharing their Obama memories include Jerry Seinfeld, Tom Hanks, Ellen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill and Melinda Gates, John Legend, Chance the Rapper, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
You can watch the video here:
“I never cried before, from an election result,” John Legend said.
Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes weighed in saying:
“You really felt those first three words of the Constitution, “We the People. It was one of the first times in my life that I felt like I was really part of that ‘We,’ ” Washington shared.
Rhimes shared her memory of the Obama family celebration in Grant Park in 2008.
“Just the magic of that moment — of that man, who we’d all been on this journey with, take that stage with his family. I was sitting at home in my living room and I felt like I was a part of that crowd in the park,” she said.
Leonardo DiCaprio shared,
“When I was at the UN and I heard our president say that climate change is the most important issue facing, not only this generation but also future generations, it was inspiring,”
“When he just changed all the rules on the table in regards to Cuba with the most succinct motivation imaginable, which is ‘What we’ve been doing hasn’t worked’ — which made all the sense in the world,“ Tom Hanks shared.
Ellen DeGeneres looked back on the funnier times the last 8 years.
“The CVS experience with [First Lady Michelle Obama] was pretty cool and dancing with Barack at his birthday party. And he’s a good dancer. He should not get any flack for that — you’re a good dancer,” DeGeneres said.
Michael Jordan spoke about Obama’s legacy.
“How often do we remember Jackie Robinson — everybody knows him,” Jordan said. “To me, he will be the Jackie Robinson of politics.”