America is ready for an orator again

Senator Barack Obama
Originally uploaded by Stephen Voss

I saw the "Yes We Can" video (in the "Featured Video" box on the front page) for the first time a day or so after it hit the net. Until that point, I had passed on this election cycle's rhetoric. After eight years of a declining quality of voice in our administration, I found little point in hitching my attention to pundits looking to tackle the center of American low-brow.

The video is a haunting homage to Obama's New Hampshire concession speech which went largely uncovered by mainstream press. Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.am opens the piece in stark black and white. He's familiar, but not household. And when he opens his mouth, it's not his voice that comes out.