Obama ad 'Challenges' looks back to go 'Forward'
October 13th, 2012
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Obama ad 'Challenges' looks back to go 'Forward'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama's newest ad, released Saturday morning, makes the case for a second term by telling the audience the work of his first term is not finished.

The ad, titled "Challenges" and narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, begins: "Every president inherits challenges; few have faced so many." It goes on to detail Obama's accomplishments from his first term.

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"Four years later our enemies have been brought to justice. Our heroes are coming home. Assembly lines are humming again," Freeman says in the spot.

But, he says, "the last thing we should do is turn back now." Then the president's slogan "Forward" appears on the screen.

The ad echoes some of the reasons Freeman listed earlier this year for supporting the president, in a statement following the actor's $1 million donation to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting the president.

"Pres. Obama has done a remarkable job in historically difficult circumstances," Freeman wrote. "He ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the health care of every American. He has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court."

Freeman also donated $2,300 to Obama ahead of the 2008 election, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.

In a statement following the most recent donation, Freeman wrote that he was "proud to lend my voice - and support - to those who defend him. Priorities USA Action is doing a great job of protecting the values I believe in. I am happy to help them and I hope others will join me."

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. ST

    I agree, it is time to move forward. When I look around and see that almost everyone who is surrounding Romney is from "W" era. I ask myself, is it the time to move backwards or move forwards?

    October 13, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  2. BCInNV

    Wow CNN... since, even though below this very dialogue box you are stating they are not, since my messages are being prescreened, and you have obviously been picking more pro-Romney responses, I'd like to say I hope there is an investigation to the money you and your employees have taken from Romney and his campaign.

    October 13, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. 2020

    Millions joined Freeman to re elect President Obama because of his long lists of accomplishment.

    October 13, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The nation has wasted four years while experimenting with the Progressive Socialist yet again. We could have had a full recovery and become stronger on the Foreign front by now. Jimmy Carter was a smoking disaster, but this regime is totally unbelievable. Heaven forbid 4 more years of this travesty.

    October 13, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Yonni

    I hope America doesn't make the same mistake we have a made in 2000 and 2004. Look at us we could have been significantly in a better place but we squandered our wealth and precious life because we enabled warmongers to lead us to the disastrous decade. We can correct now and look towards the future but if we decided to make the same mistake at some point there will be no returning point in our future. Say no for war and yes for the betterment of our people. In a way since America is a hope for the entire world if we squandered our future we are imposing demise for all mankind. Let’s do better than we did in 2000 and 2004 vote out war mongers and let capture our future for science and development good health and prosperity peace and love among people.

    October 13, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. 200 TON HAMMER

    300,000,000 Americans have two choices keep senator mitch MConnell in the news of why he is holding out on the jobs bill or 300,000,000 Americans say hey mitch MCconnell you gotta go home for good

    October 13, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Eat before you go to debate. Hit with relevant stuff. This nation knows Bain-capital and 47% comment. Bring all these including 47%. We want to address. Don't fear. Do not be polite–he is not your uncle. Nation is now on right track, USA knows it.

    October 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    It is still all lies and BS.

    Not a shred of truth in it.

    October 13, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    Who do those Democates think they are just throwing the truth around?!

    October 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  10. JUN

    FORWARD - of what ! More DEBTS AND UNEMPLOYMENT!

    October 13, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Fact

    "He (Obama) has led our nation to be more tolerant and placed impressive, accomplished women on the Supreme Court.".
    More tolerant of Mus lim extremists and "forward" into Marxist oblivion. Time for change that will restore our FREEDOM and SECURITY.

    United States of America/freedom vs. ObamaBiden/Marxism

    October 13, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. start over

    This president doesn't deserve a 2nd term. Here are 3 accomplishments he has down for the American people:

    1) he ordered the murder a US citizen (a Muslim cleric that spoke against the US). Even though the guy encouraged terrorist attacks on the US, he was still a US citizen. He should have been given due process in absentia. By allowing Obama to do this where do we draw the line.

    2) from what we saw either he didn't care about the security of our embassy or he didn't know, which proves he is incompetent.

    3) signed the passage of the NDAA, which is the patriot act on steroids. This extends his reach to indefinitely detain US citizens without charging them.

    This President is out to strip out rights guaranteed to us in the Bill of Rights.

    October 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Good job President Obama.

    I love your positive attitude and the jovial, intelligent, loving Vice President.

    Sure beats the lying Ryan/Romney duo. What a couple of losers and liars - never seen anything like it in my lifetime. Hope Ryan loses his seat in Congress and hope Mitt finally goes away and never is seen or heard from again. I've had enough of the RR Lying duo.

    October 13, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  14. ColoradoJoe

    amazing that american people want american soldiers doing most (if not all) the patrolling in Afghanistan instead of using the trained Afghanistan forces. As for Iran, what we don't need is another mislabeled WMD by more republicans.

    October 13, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  15. CBR

    We should all think very carefully before we vote. Are we going to have a country where every person is important or will we continue to separate into the haves and the have nots. Which candidate cares about those who are struggling. Will we continue to have those in the 1% being coddled or are we going to challenge them to pay a little more in taxes? Are those of us who make over $250,000 going to make some sacrifices so that those who do not EARN anywhere near that amount will have the best health care available to them? Are we going to educate our children in public schools and are those schools going to be the best they can be?

    All of these things take some sacrifices on our parts but in the end if we follow the Golden Rule and stop blaming those who are struggling for all that has happened to them we will begin to bring our nation back. Which candidate will do this and which candidate will be the one who is looking to help the 1%? Which candidate understands that small business owner s do not make over $250,000 and instead of scaring them with tax information will find a way to support them and help them with their businesses? Just look at their records and what they have done and said. Ignore the rhetoric and look at their records.

    October 13, 2012 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  16. Ed1

    This Country can't afford another four years of your no leadership skills and spend like there is no tomorrow hope in November you will not be able to spend anymore of our tax dollars.

    October 13, 2012 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  17. Lizzie

    Great always looking back and then claiming to look forward.

    October 14, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |