Yes, He Did: Ahmadinejad Appropriates Obama Slogan

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2009 2:37 PM CDT
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Seeing Barack Obama’s success in the 2008 election, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has borrowed the US president’s most famous phrase for his own reelection campaign, the Guardian reports. In a campaign video, the Iranian president stands in front of a blackboard with the Farsi words “Ma Mitavanim,” or “We Can,” written on it. The video stresses Ahmadinejad’s previous life as an academic.

Iranians go to the polls June 12. A different video details yet another similarity between the two leaders—a trip to Turkey. But while Obama’s state visit was a success, Ahmadinejad’s was rife with controversy. He was not accorded full state privileges after refusing to honor Turkey’s secular founder, and saw a pipeline deal fall through due to US pressure.