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February 04, 2008

Kareem says, "Yes We Can!"

I recently joined will.i.am at the Record Plant in Hollywood and helped him do the "Yes We Can" video for the Obama campaign.  I worked with will.i.am on my audio book project On the Shoulders of Giants.  Will collaborated with Herbie Hancock to redo a 1936 song entitled "Stompin at the Savoy."

Barack's campaign has revisited the optimism and hope the nation felt during President Kennedy's campaign.  I was at the Avalon for the rally last Thursday. 

This was the first time I had ever attended a presidential rally.  I met Barack in 2006 at the Senate building in Washington, D.C., and I was immediately impressed with his vision, intelligence, and energy. 

Barack Obama is definitely presidential.   


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Jerry Guy

Hi Kareem. I was a classmate of yours at UCLA. I, too, graduated in 1969, with a degree in History; we had a couple of classes together. Kudos for the fine work you have been doing since your active basketball playing days. I agress with you re: Barack Obama: Yes We Can!

steve burnett

i was also a 1969 classmate and history major.
i would like to read your perspective on why you have never been hired to coach in college or the NBA. It seems a travesty to me. No one could provide better insights to big men or share the vision learned from John Wooden and all of those years in the NBA better than you. What is the real reason?


One of my few complaints about being Canadian is that I won't get the chance to vote for the man.


yes, indeed, barack obama is presidential material. he is inspiring. there is a bright, shining light inside him. i went to see him at a rally in phoenix. he filled the veteran's coliseum, where you used to come to play. it was thrilling and euphoric. can't wait to see him elected. your blog is great.


Great Blog,

Entertaining and educational. Keep up the good work!



He shoots the three ball pretty well, too!


David, Spain

Only after a presidency like W. Bush's, could a candidate like Obama get a chance for the White House, so of course he deserves the presidency: he has earned it. Now we should open the Kareem for V.P. campaign...

gordon burnet

Hi Kareem,
The time is right, we are 100% behind Obama, he is a breath of fresh air after many years of bad politics in America.
Gordy Burnet

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Since retiring as a player in 1989, Kareem has balanced his love of basketball with his love of history. In 2002 he led a USBL team, the Oklahoma Storm, to a championship. Since 2005, he has been the special assistant coach for the Lakers, working with Andrew Bynum.

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