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Anthony Albanese copies Barack Obama by cribbing ‘yes we can’ slogan

From ‘yes we can’ to promising ‘change’: Anthony Albanese steals Barack Obama’s famous slogans to spruik his own free TAFE policy

  • Barack Obama used ‘yes we can slogan’ during his 2008 presidential campaign 
  • Anthony Albanese used the phrase in press conference in NSW on Monday 
  • This is not the first slogan the Labor leader has pinched from overseas


Anthony Albanese has channelled Barack Obama by using the former US President’s famous slogan ‘yes we can’ at a press conference on Monday. 

Mr Obama first used the slogan in 2004 when he ran for the US Senate in Illinois and the phrase became a rallying cry during his winning 2008 presidential campaign.

The three-word slogan was used to inspire voters by convincing them it was possible to bring about positive change.

Mr Albanese turned to the phrase at a press conference in Newcastle, NSW on Monday where he spruiked his policy to provide 465,000 free TAFE places and 20,000 extra university places. 

Mr Obama (pictured with wife Michelle in January 2008) first used the ‘yes we can’ slogan in 2004 when he ran for the US Senate in Illinois

‘We’re going to change. But what we’re going to do is have safe change. And I make no apologies for that. Australia’s a great country. The question is – can we be better? I say yes we can,’ Mr Albanese said. 

This is not the first slogan the Labor leader has pinched from overseas. 

Last year he borrowed former UK Labour leader Jeremy Corby’s catchphrase ‘on your side’ even though in 2019 Mr Corbyn led Labour to its worst defeat since 1935.  

And as transport minister in 2012 Mr Albanese was caught ripping off Hollywood movie The American President in a speech attacking Tony Abbot.

‘In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them,’ he said. 

‘Unfortunately, Tony Abbott is not the least bit interested in fixing anything. He’s only interested in two things – making Australians afraid of it and telling them who’s to blame for it.’

The words were almost identical to a speech by protagonist Andrew Shepherd, played by Michael Douglas, as he tore into his rival Bob Rumson in the 1995 film.

Last year Mr Albanese borrowed former UK Labour leader Jeremy Corby's catchphrase 'on your side'. The pair are pictured together

Last year Mr Albanese borrowed former UK Labour leader Jeremy Corby’s catchphrase ‘on your side’. The pair are pictured together

‘We have serious problems to solve and we need serious men to solve them,’ Shepherd said. 

‘And whatever your particular problem is, friend, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only – making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it.’

Minister for Women’s Economic Security Jane Hume accused Mr Albanese of ‘ripping off quotes from folks who are far more popular than him.’

‘Ripping off movie quotes and stealing lines from former overseas leaders doesn’t make a good Prime Minister,’ she told Daily Mail Australia. 

‘Australia needs an economic plan for recovery, not each way Albo and his stolen slogans.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Mr Albanese’s office for comment. 

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