“Yes we can” almost wasn’t: According to a new book, President Obama didn’t originally like his campaign slogan when David Axelrod introduced it during his Senate race in 2004 and almost nixed it, until Michelle intervened. “Trust me,” she said, “It will work.” Barack and Michelle: Portrait of an American Marriage also alleges that Michelle was a crucial voice in convincing Barack to choose someone other than Hillary Clinton as his running mate. "Do you really want Bill and Hillary just down the hall from you in the White House?" she reportedly told her husband. "Could you live with that?"