¿Cómo se dice, como se llama?…Obama (how do you say it? what is his name? Obama)

These are the latest additions to the Obama-themed repertoire, but this time with ¡sabor latino!:

I.- ¡Viva Obama!

From AFP:

NEW YORK (AFP) — White House hopeful Barack Obama has been given a boost to his presidential campaign among Latino voters in the form of a Mexican Mariachi band singing his praises on video-sharing website YouTube.

The posting of the two-minute clip, which features six musicians dressed in traditional sombreros and black suits, comes less than two weeks ahead of a crucial nominating contest in Texas, where Latino voters play a key role.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re from Corpus Christi, from Dallas or from El Valle, from Houston or El Paso, the important thing is that we vote for Obama,” the band sings before launching into a chorus of “Viva Obama! Viva Obama!

The music theme was taken from a Mexican song called ¡Viva México!…(listen to a mp3 stream here), a tune usually played during the Mexican Independence Day celebrations on September 16.

II.- Obama Reggeaton

Listen to the song here

According to Miguel López author of the song:

“My imagination was captured in Chicago by a self-described, “skinny dude with the funny name.” Before I knew it he was elected to the U.S. Senate. In 2004, I’m living in Southern Cal watching the Democratic National Convention and impacted by his speech. It wasn’t the same old politics – the audacity of it all. This year he announces that he’s running for President.

Amigos de Obama and the Como Se Dice? Como Se Llama? OBAMA! OBAMA! ‘08 outreach campaign was created to fill a void in media outreach to Latinos. Every election year, last minute, anemic voter registration drives yield little success. Media campaigns often consist of TV spots showing candidates speaking a few words of Spanish in an attempt to win Latino votes or attack ads about ‘illegal aliens’ to scare non-Latino voters.

We are desperately seeking a voice that speaks authentically. Race and politics aside, it’s leadership not sound bites that we need. If you claim to be compassionate, show it. If you preach unity, help us unify and heal our great divide. If you want our vote, earn it. Be real. Barack Obama represents a defining moment for our generation. We have an opportunity to be agents of change and bring awareness to the Latino community.

We all have a unique story. It doesn’t matter that I’m Mexican-American, born in East LA, raised in Utah, lived in DC and worked on the South-side of Chicago. What matters is what I’m doing now and how I’m helping my neighbor, my brother.”

Both tunes are catchy, witty and will definetly capture the attention of Latino voters…maybe these will be the tools that will make the difference in the Obama campaign.


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