will.i.am Weighs In On President Obama's Performance

"Yes We Can" co-creator will.i.am tells the New York Times,"We hoped enough. Now we have to do."

Black Eyed Peas lead emcee Will.i.am has joined the list of President Obama supporters who would like to see and hear more action from the Oval Office. While discussing the Peas upcoming Super Bowl XLV halftime performance, Will reflected on his initial support of Obama, which included creating the 2008 song “Yes We Can.”

“I don’t want to hope anymore,” Will said, in reference to then-Senator Obama’s campaign slogan. “I don’t think we should hope anymore. We hoped enough. Now we have to do. We all have to do now.”

Will.i.am, John Legend, Common and dozens of celebrities appeared in “Yes We Can,” which sampled and reinterpreted Obama’s New Hampshire Primary speech. After creating the song, Will said he was inspired because, “that speech made me think of Martin Luther King…” The song went on to win an Emmy Award, and Obama won the election, becoming America’s forty-fourth president. After a wave of economic decline, senate turnover, low approval ratings, “Birthers” and Tea Party race-baiting, Deborah Solomon asked Will.i.am if he too was disappointed in President Obama.

“I don’t feel disappointed,” Will added. “I feel like, ‘Argggh! Speak louder!’ I feel like, Do something! I feel like jumping in.”

The full interview, including Will.i.am’s thoughts on the Black Eyed Peas upcoming Super Bowl performance and gun control legislation is available via the New York Times website.

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25 Comments

  • Daud Aron Ahmad Cohen

    Same coin, just two different sides.

  • realitycheck

    I think you mean the House turnover, not the Senate? The Senate is still in Democrat majority Also, "After a wave of economic decline, senate turnover, low approval ratings, “Birthers” and Tea Party race-baiting" wasn't mentioned anywhere on the Times website...? Biased to say the least

  • Anonymous

    Watch "The Obama Deception" on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw) and wake the hell up!!! Obama = George Bush = Whoever is occupying the throne of the U.S. Imperialist government. Listen to KRS-One and Professor Griff from Public Enemy. Things won't get better until we say no to the trillion $ U.S. military budget and fix our own country. 1,000,000 dead Iraqi people is change that we don't need!!!! Infowars(dot)com http://www.infowars.com

  • Nico 3

    When Obama won, everybody thought winning was enough, but now that reality is setting in, it's a whole new ballgame. It comes down to simply not making promises you can't deliver on. Realize too that a president can't be both a rock star (like Clinton acted) and a leader. He needs to be a leader first.

  • Folgers

    Maybe if people researched the rep/dem candidates before they voted then they would know what theyre getting? Look at the companies supporting/donating to the political parties to see who will really be running the country if elected.

    • Anonymous

      why would people do that for when they can watch the liberal media and just do as thir told without thinking? you're right though but the vast majority of people are too stupid, lazy or even busy to do that. its so much easier to bitch and whine afterwards

  • jack

    lol it just shows that they all just supported obama the man, not obama the president. people are starting to realize they got what they voted for. and fucking stupid faggots like will i am are starting to bitch. stfu will i am dick ridin black eye peas suck and i hope there is a sniper in the audience at the super bowl

  • HRH

    why are there sp many Jews/ Kykes on that "Yes We Can" space?? messed up

  • look man

    I'm surprised he wasn't "dick riding Obama"

  • whatitlooklike

    Obama is a PUPPET! just like all your previous & future presidents are and will be!get it through your head. It's a deception! the last one who tried to do it his way(Kennedy) got blown away!

  • nsparks923-923

    People have to understand that the President cannot just do anything by himself. Everything has to go through the proper process and get passed through the House and Senate. And the Republicans try to block everything so the President cant accomplish anything. He can just snap a finger and things instantly get better. Plus its only been 2 years. People need to get real on the expectations.

    • Anonymous

      you do know that for the first 2 years of his presidency the democrats had the majority and could pass anything they wanted without needing a single republican vote. its was his own party doing what they felt what was right for their constiuants by making things difficult.

    • pico presi

      Real Talk. Us Americans expect everything to happen over night when it took years of bad habits to get us here.

  • Brandon Brown

    Watch "The Obama Deception" on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw) and wake the hell up!!! Obama = George Bush = Whoever is occupying the throne of the U.S. Imperialist government. Listen to KRS-One and Professor Griff from Public Enemy. Things won't get better until we say no to the trillion $ U.S. military budget and fix our own country. 1,000,000 dead Iraqi people is change that we don't need!!!! Infowars(dot)com http://www.infowars.com

  • Deeznutz

    If you do your homework and weight the promises to whats he's delivered..then you'd see its all B.S....other than Healthcare he hasnt dont much. obamadeception..see for your self

  • picasso.jones

    "The song went on to win an Emmy Award, and Obama won the election, becoming America’s forty-third president." I thought that Obama was the 44th president, not 43rd....

  • Kevin Bibbs

    will i am shut the fuck up Obama is doing the most he can right now keep u dont know shit just keep making music nigga

    • Anonymous

      you are probably one of those people that voted for obama cause he was just black, and dont know shit about his political side. u dont know shit keep flippin burgers nigga!

  • Anonymous

    maybe will i am can wear black face again and shuffle his feet at an even larger audience this time around..smfh..this dude sets music and black people back a hundred years everytime he performs,talks etc..sellout muhfucka...

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