And it’s even creepier than we imagined it would be, thanks in large part to Tom Hanks’ narration and the weeping Obamabots.
Via NY Times:
It’s not exactly morning in America. Or even halftime. But President Obama’s new campaign documentary makes an argument that the country is on the upswing, even if it’s not quite yet roaring back.
The Obama campaign released “The Road We’ve Traveled,” a 17-minute video, on Thursday night with a series of screenings at its campaign offices nationwide and a live stream on YouTube.
The video uses archival news footage, interviews with administration officials and a flurry of statistics to create a narrative arc for Mr. Obama’s first three years in office: He became president when the country was in miserable shape, fought against obstinate resistance to make bold reforms, like overhauling health care and ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, and put the country back on track.
The documentary has glossy Hollywood production values — it was directed by Davis Guggenheim, the Oscar-winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth,” and is narrated by Tom Hanks — but relies on many of the traditional trappings of a campaign ad. There he is, laughing with cute children. Or embracing an old woman. Watch him as he fist-bumps a supporter.
The story narrated by Mr. Hanks starts with elation on election night in 2008 and quickly segues to despair with the beginning of the Great Recession.
David Axelrod, the president’s senior campaign strategist, likens watching the president’s first major economic briefing to a horror movie. “All I was thinking at that moment was: ‘Can we get a recount?’” he says.
Adds Mr. Hanks, “Not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president.”