The Obama campaign released a trailer to its 17-minute documentary, with a bit of Hollywood flair.
Delivering his best narration since the end of “Apollo 13,” actor Tom Hanks asks the audience to recall the difficulties America faced before President Obama took office and the hope that still remains.
“How do we understand this president and his time in office?” Hanks says behind images of Obama’s election night celebration. “Do we look at the day’s headline, or do we remember what we as country have been through?”
The trailer offers a defense of tackling health care reform and the auto bailout. Top former and current Obama administration officials paint a dramatic image of President Obama’s leadership in office.
And beyond key officials like Obama chief strategist David Axelrod and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren also makes an appearance.
“If the auto industry goes down, what happens to America’s manufacturing base, what happens to jobs in America, what happens to the whole Midwest?” she says in the video. Warren served as a special advisor for the Consumer Protection Bureau, and is very popular with the Democratic base—a clear sign the campaign is trying to capitalize on that fire.
Vice President Joe Biden also offers his take of Obama’s handling of Osama bin Laden, cutting to night-vision video of Navy SEAL helicopters and satellite images of the compound. “We had to make a decision: go or not go,” Biden says.
The documentary, which is directed by Davis Guggenheim—the filmmaker behind Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth" and the public education-focused "Waiting for Superman" —is set to be released on March 15.