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Q&A: Jessica Yellin Discusses CNN's Obama Documentary Q&A: Jessica Yellin Discusses CNN's Obama Documentary

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Q&A: Jessica Yellin Discusses CNN's Obama Documentary

Q. You interview several of Obama's political opponents. Why were they chosen? A: We interviewed House Speaker John Boehner, who negotiated closely with the president on the debt deal, and Sen. Olympia Snowe, who the president tried to woo repeatedly on his early initiatives. Both were openly disappointed when partisanship took hold. They talked about their experience working with the president and how much responsibility he shoulders. Q. Obama and Romney have very close family relationships. Perhaps that is their commonality. What did you learn about their family life that you found fascinating that would impact decision making? A: As we know, the president makes an effort to have dinner in the residence with his family every night. We learned what impact that has on his psyche and his relationships in DC. Q. Finally, these documentaries are meant to help us understand the men being formally nominated. But network TV is cutting back on the coverage. Both men have been the nominee for months. Do the conventions matter? Why? A: The outcome of the conventions is predetermined but the impression they'll leave of the candidate isn't. As the Republican convention showed, the events are still an opportunity for each campaign to tell its story to voters who are just tuning in. Plus, they're always good for people watching.

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