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Ahmadinejad steals Obama's campaign slogan?

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has chosen the Farsi phrase Ma Mitavanim, or "We Can," as his campaign slogan ahead of Iran's June 12 elections.

By Matthew ClarkStaff Writer / April 29, 2009



Oh yes, he can.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has chosen the Farsi phrase Ma Mitavanim, or "We Can," as his campaign slogan ahead of Iran's June 12 elections.

Did he copy the phrase from President Obama? Who knows for sure. But it brings to mind the fictional McDowell's restaurant in Eddy Murphy's classic 1988 comedy "Coming to America." You know. The one that sells "Big Micks" and has the "Golden Arcs."

On the one hand, you can't blame Ahmadinejad for choosing the winning slogan. But isn't this the same guy who responded to Obama's friendly offer to end 30 years of hostility with a cool suggestion that Obama first apologize for all the "crimes" that the US has commited against Iran?

"In a sense this is a back-handed compliment to Mr Obama," writes Telegraph columnist, Con Coughlin.

Of course, Obama may have borrowed the slogan from Mexican-American civil rights leader César Chávez, who popularized the "Sí, se puede" ("Yes, it can be done") chant in the early 1970s.

In fact, it's quite possible that ancient Greeks running for office used a similar catchphrase.

Let's see what wonders the phrase does for Ahmadinejad come June.

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