You make the call!

He wears lifts, so I guess we could say he’s just “lifting” it from Obama

Barack Obama’s offer of a hand of friendship to Iran after 30 years of hostility may have met with a sceptical public response from Tehran. But now a rapprochement of sorts may be under way amid evidence that the US president’s can-do electioneering tactics have struck a chord with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Obama’s signature campaign slogan, Yes We Can, has been replicated by the Iranian president in a promotional video issued for Iran’s presidential poll on 12 June, when Ahmadinejad is seeking re-election.

The video features a cover picture of Ahmadinejad wearing his trademark white jacket and pointing to the Farsi phrase Ma Mitavanim (We Can) on a blackboard. The film is aimed at students and capitalises on his former status as a university lecturer.

Birds of a feather or just bird brained?

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One Response to You make the call!

  1. Chad says:

    If I remember correctly from my recent Farsi/ Persian studies, Ahmadinajad actually used the phrase in his last election, so we could say someone else lifted it first. I know there’s more to the story, but I’m on my phone and not the home unit to pull up my bookmarks.

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