President Barack Obama’s re-election committee on Thursday released a 2-minute trailer for what they have billed as a 17-minute documentary that makes the case that he deserves a second term.
From the giant American flag fluttering over a cheering crowd in the opening scene to the dramatic recounting of the Navy SEAL raid that took out Osama bin Laden to Tom Hanks’ narration, “The Road We’ve Traveled” is undeniably a state-of-the-art pitch for the president.
It could be the first campaign video to feature two Academy Award winners: Hanks, and director Davis Guggenheim, who was responsible for former VP Al Gore’s Oscar-winning “An Inconvenient Truth.”
The trailer opens with a giant flag and cheers from a massive crowd turned out to hear Obama—who first appears with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, walking away from the camera, toward a podium.
Hanks’s narration begins: “How do we understand this president and his time in office? Do we look at the day’s headlines? Or do we remember what we, as a country, have been through?” Words onscreen promise “a film about determination and progress,” “told by those who saw it happen” as Obama made “tough decisions” to confront “historic challenges.”
Former senior economic policy adviser Austan Goolsbee describes the 2008 financial meltdown that still weighs on the U.S. economy today as “an economic crisis beyond anything anybody had imagined.”
Vice-President Joe Biden defends Obama’s landmark health care overhaul—which Republicans will hammer through Election Day—as a once-in-a-generation chance to expand access to coverage.
Campaigns frequently release documentary films to reach voters and amplify the narrative of a candidate’s message. For example, in 1992, “The Man From Hope,” a campaign biography of Bill Clinton was released.