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Ahmadinejad Adopts Obama's 'Yes We Can' Slogan

Wednesday, 29 Apr 2009 02:55 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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President Barack Obama’s “can-do” signature campaign slogan may have rubbed off on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who finds himself hard on the campaign trail using the same catchphrase, according to a report in the U.K.’s Guardian.

Obama’s trademark “Yes We Can” has been embraced by the Iranian president in a promotional video making the rounds in the ramp-up to Iran’s presidential poll on 12 June, when Ahmadinejad is up for re-election.

The “Yes We Can” videos have been distributed during Ahmadinejad’s public appearances in and around the capital city of Tehran.

The can-do films are running in tandem these days with another video highlighting his various trips to poor provinces across Iran, a routine that has become a standard practice during his tenure in office.

Ahmadinejad’s remarkable rise to power four years ago has been partly attributed to a promotional film that featured him as a simple man who was willing to reach out to the poor.

According to the Guardian, the Obama-inspired film features Ahmadinejad wearing his ubiquitous white jacket, pointing to the Farsi phrase Ma Mitavanim (We Can) on a blackboard.

The film targets students and highlights his former persona as a university lecturer.

The can-do film competes with yet another film making the rounds -- recounting Ahmadinejad’s visit to Turkey. That trip was less than a triumph as his full state honors were curtailed and Istanbul residents complained of traffic jams caused by his security measures.

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