President Obama, who told an interviewer last month his re-election campaign is still searching for a slogan, got a suggestion Monday night during a celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: “Buses are still a-coming.”
It’s a reference to the rallying call of the Freedom Riders, civil rights workers in the 1960s who taunted their jailers in Mississippi by singing “Buses are a-coming.” The suggestion of turning it into a campaign slogan came from the Rev. Nolan Williams Jr., music director of the Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir, which performed at the Kennedy Center.
The president and first lady Michelle Obama attended the 10th annual “Let Freedom Ring” celebration at the performing arts center.
Mr. Obama told an interviewer shortly before Christmas that his campaign team was “still working” on a catchy slogan for his reelection bid. In 2008, he campaigned on the themes of “hope and change” and “yes, we can.”