What’s this all about?
In 2008, a feeling of change was electrifying the nation. We, the people, were being presented with the first black man to run for president, and the first woman to run for vice president. It was right then, more than ever, that what we’d been told as children; anyone could be president, might be true. Up until that election, it had only seemed that any white man from a stable background could be president. This American milestone grabbed the attention of the entire world, and certainly made more Americans than ever sit up an take notice.
At that time, we began to wonder what it was that people really wanted to see happen, and more pointedly, if they were president, what would they change. We got a little help from the likes of Wyclef, Mos Def, George Watsky, and some pretty impressive other voices to kick off our campaign, getting your attention so we could ask you what you would do if you were president. We took to the streets, and we asked you to make your own videos, and the response was amazing. The American people spoke up, and the things that they said were important, valuable, and representative of the true voices of our communities.
And now the buzz has begun again. Next year, in 2012, there will be another election. We’ve already begun the process, picking through the hopefuls in search of the face that will eventually be pardoning Thanksgiving turkeys, telling us what the state of the union is, and representing who we are, we the people, to the rest of the world. But what will make that person any better qualified to represent us than any one of us will be? This is where we come in, right now, as the 2012 elections loom on the horizon. This is when we speak.
We’re at it again, asking you to tell us what you would do If You Were President. We’re asking you to make a video, write a blog post, draw a picture, sing a song, do whatever it is that you do best, and just answer that one question. Obama is listening. We’re listening. Now, speak, America! This is your podium, and it’s your turn at the mic.
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