Obama releases movie trailer a week before campaign film's debut
March 8th, 2012
07:30 AM ET
11 years ago

Obama releases movie trailer a week before campaign film's debut

(CNN) - Team Obama is releasing a movie trailer Thursday, followed by a debut of the 17-minute campaign film next week.

The film, "The Road We've Traveled," comes out March 15 and will chronicle the president's first term in office, officials said.

But the trailer - just like the real movies - comes out Thursday.

The trailer is narrated by Tom Hanks, who asks, "How do we understand this president and his time in office? Do we look at the days headlines or do we remember what we as a country have been through?"

In interviews, senior strategist David Axelrod, former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Vice President Joe Biden and others recall the behind-the-scenes discussions about the economic crisis, health care reform, the auto industry bailout and the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

"His advisers would ask where to begin? Which urgent need would he put first?," Hanks asks.

Breaking up the interviews are now-iconic images of the president accepting the nomination in Denver and speaking in Grant Park on election night. It also includes close-ups of Obama and his White House team in what appears to be exceptionally tense meetings.

If the message isn't clear, the graphics spell it out: "This is a film about determination and progress."

Campaign manager Jim Messina says the film is about the president's first term accomplishments. Like all these campaign films, it's clearly intended to build a campaign narrative. Based on the trailer, it seems that narrative is, at least in part, about a president who managed unexpected crises with resolve and a steady hand.

Campaign officials say they'll show the movie at house parties and events across the country. The film is by Oscar- winning director Davis Guggenheim, who also made the president's 2008 campaign documentaries.

Kirsten Kukowski, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, said the American people "don't need a movie trailer or a 17 minute documentary to know what the president accomplished over the past three years."

"Unfortunately Americans feel Obama’s accomplishments each and every day after President Obama led our country to higher unemployment, record debt, and higher gas prices," Kukowski said in a statement. "The question is what does another Obama term mean for America? From the promise of fewer jobs, tax increases, more debt, and the implementation of Obamacare, we literally cannot afford another four years of President Obama."

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  1. joe

    How do we understand this president and his time in office!??

    Only Hollywood actors and the collaberating news networts would be so blind as to need to ask that question when Obama has clearly printed and spend $6 Trillion of our childrens future. With little to nothing to show for it.

    March 8, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. Jules

    This film needs to be shown where independants can see it. At the house parties I have attended, you will be preaching to the choir. I would like to see the film so hope that it airs on tv sometime.

    March 8, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. Get-Real

    So, after his fundraising dinner in Houston this Friday at the home of wealthy Dina Al-Sowayle and Tony Chase ( River Oaks, very very wealth area of Houston) will Obama be "spreading the wealth". After all, at $38,500.00 per person that's enough wealth to help a lot of people. I just hope no holds their breath that Obama will share this wealth he collects for himself.

    March 8, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  4. demwit

    A good start would be to compare his actual accomplishments to the promises he made in 2008..., right?

    March 8, 2012 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  5. RealityBites

    Obama printed and spent more than Bush did in his entire 8yrs. Putting Americas future generations in a DEEP hole.
    Clearly the worse president EVER!

    March 8, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  6. Keshalaws

    I'm so glad the potus is doing this. Millions believe the media whether right or left wing. This will give a captive audience the facts.

    Obama 2012

    March 8, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The stock market went from under 7000 in 2008 to almost 13,000, and I have the bulk of my retirement fund back. My underwater home in Florida in 2008 was worth 30% of what I paid for it, and it is back to 60%. We lost 8 million jobs in Bush's last three years and have added almost 4 million back in Obama's 3 years. We are winning the war on terror with the deaths of OBL and al Qaeda leaders. Millions have access to health care who did not in 2008. All this has happened without any help from republicans.

    March 8, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  8. Rose

    What a joke.....

    March 8, 2012 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  9. diridi

    this election is about Rich Loot v/s Middle Class boot. God bless. Obama2012.

    March 8, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  10. Todd

    It looks amazing I hope every network plays the video because, in the spin so much of the truth is forgotten.

    March 8, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  11. Marie MD

    About time! This President has done more good in three years than the prior administration in eight forgettable years.
    I see that breitbart has a video of Obama from 1991showing him as a liberal. Take it from a liberal, he is a centrist. IWhike I don't approve wigh everything done by his administration, mostly about then job of the interiotn department against wildlife, when you balance the good and the ugly the good prevails.

    March 8, 2012 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  12. Bill

    There's no business like show business.

    March 8, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. WiredweirdinSF

    I bet it does not acknowledge the fact that this failed presidency has been the most inept, incompetent, corrupt in history. Is it paid for by Bill Maher and David Letterman?

    March 8, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  14. AC

    Looking forward to seeing it!

    March 8, 2012 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  15. macrasta

    what many want us to forget is the pride many Americans felt when you were sworn into office...regardless of the continuous spin and hate...a lot of us see a man that genuinely cares about his country, a loving father and husband..I'm looking forward to seeing the film...

    Obama 2012

    March 8, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  16. PaOutOfWork

    We understand this president and his time in office. It can only highlight how federal spending is above historic levels.
    – unemployment increase of 50 % since 2007, hovers at 15% to 16%.
    – home foreclosures rise by 75 percent since 2007.
    – price of gasoline increases of 50 % since 2008; since Obama took office,
    – home sales have fallen in four of the past five years, the worst showing in 13 years.
    – Poverty in America Hits 52-year High as Economy Worsens; 44 Million Americans On Food Stamps, increase of 74 percent since 2007,
    – Debt Increased By $35,835 per Household, nearly 15% of the U.S. population rely on food stamps, the number of recipients hit 45.8 million. Food stamp rolls have risen 8.1% in the past year.
    – Americans' wealth suffered its biggest quarterly loss July 2011-September2011 in more than two years, household net worth fell 4 percent as stocks, pension funds and home values lost value.
    – The American public's dependence on the federal government shot up 23% in just two years, the biggest two-year jump since Jimmy Carter was president.
    – Down Grade of Americas Credit Rating for the first time ever.
    – America’s debt has exceeded the country’s GDP.

    November 2012 is coming; the 2010 election for Democrats was a slaughter; the 2012 election cycle is going to be a massacre for Democrats.

    March 8, 2012 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  17. Brandy

    Sure hope this comes on local tv so many can see how much he has done

    March 8, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  18. Debby

    Did Michael Moore film it. lol

    March 8, 2012 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    I continue to be amazed by anyone who would actually vote for Obama again. That is simply incomprehensible.

    March 8, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  20. ken

    i wanna see it..i wanna see it

    March 8, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |