Q&A: Jessica Yellin Discusses CNN's Obama Documentary
Last week, we talked to CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger about her reporting for "Romney Revealed: Family, Faith, and the Road to Power," the documentary that kicked off CNN's coverage of the Republican Convention. This week, CNN chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin shared her thoughts on the complementary feature on President Obama -- "Obama Revealed: The Man, The President." The documentary will air on Monday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In it, Yellin interviews the president and several former and current advisers about his first term in the White House.
Q: These documentaries serve as the intros to the conventions. What should viewers come away with after watching the docs and watching the pageantry of the conventions?
A: In the Obama documentary we pull back and look at how President Obama navigated a tumultuous period in our country and what his decisions said about his character. We interviewed the president and some of his closest aides to find what he's like on the basketball court - - as a player and as a coach.
Q. Who surprised you most? Were there moments when you saw what the next four years of governing would look like if the president wins reelection?
A: I was surprised by his caffeine intake. On the next four years, those we spoke to said he wants to be a transformational president and would need a second term to do that.