President Barack Obama – “Yes We Can” Tulip

2009 -I was honoured to be asked by Wendo Blondeau, Canadian Tulip Festival Sponsorship and Special Events Co-ordinator and Julian Armour the Festival Director to create a Presidential tulip in honour of President Barack Obama’s first state visit to Canada.

This tulip focuses on the inspirational and spiritual messages from the Inaugural Speech. “God Given Promise – All are equal, all are free, all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” “The world has changed and we must change with it” and “Hope, Freedom, Unity, Liberty, Peace”.. On the base is a quote from Abraham Lincoln, “That this Nation under God, shall have a new birth of freedom”.

Portions of Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech is in script on the leaves. “Now is the Time. We cannot walk alone. All men are created equal, judged by the content of their character.”

The “Yes We Can” tulip experience was one concentrated week of painting versus the the 4-6 weeks spent creating each of the other tulips. The “Yes We Can” tulip is a gift from the Canadian Tulip Festival to the American people and will be on display during the Canadian Tulip Festival, May 1-18 2009.

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Photos of the tulip honoring President Obama:


Photos of the tulip during the creative process:

The media event held at the Rideau Centre included TV and Newspaper coverage.


The following is some of the coverage:

  • Feb. 17, 2009 ~ TV – CTV Regional News, CBC Ottawa and the A Channel Newspapers – Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Sun (online video clip), Metro News, Nepean This Week Radio – CFRA, Virgin
  • Feb. 18, 2009 ~ CPAC Cable public affairs Channel- Canada’s National network covering Parliament, politics and public affairs. ~ Global National
  • Feb. 26, 2009 ~ The EMC

2009.02.27-EMC-ObamaTulip-Page1.pdf   |   2009.02.27-EMC-ObamaTulip-Page2.pdf

Here is a listing of news organizations carrying the story: