Just days before the November 2008 election that launched Barack Obama to the White House, HBO aired a Hollywood-produced behind-the-scenes dramatic look at the candidate and his campaign, complete with “candid” family moments and jovial staff interactions, all set in front of a high-intensity, exhaustive presidential election backdrop. Barack Obama was a star and the industry ate it up.
That was then; this is now.
With high unemployment and soaring gas prices marring Obama’s image after a tumultuous first term in office, his campaign is looking to recapture his rock star status and energize his cult-like followers with a new documentary spinning his first term into some kind of roaring success. Yeahhhhh…
“The Road We’ve Traveled” is the Obama camp’s latest brainchild. This new documentary “seeks to portray the president as a determined figure who took on a series of difficult challenges during his first term,” the AP reports.
Once again, Hollywood has teamed up with Obama to glamorize his candidacy. Actor Tom Hanks narrates the film over a dramatic musical soundtrack. “How do we understand this president and his time in office?” Hanks asks. “Do we look at the day’s headlines, or do we remember what we, as a country, have been through?” Academy Award-winner Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) also directed the film.
Feast your eyes on the trailer that was released this morning:
Want to see the whole thing? You’ll have to put in some volunteer hours for Obama. The film will be airing at the president’s campaign field offices across the country starting next Thursday. In the meantime, conservatives on Twitter have had some fun suggesting alternative names for the film. Check out some of the best here.