Davis Guggenheim is well-versed in the film arts. He’s the directer behind Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” and also the pro-charter school work “Waiting for Superman.” But he doesn’t seem as familiar with the subject of his latest documentary for the Obama campaign called “The Road We’ve Traveled.” What do I mean? Well, while on Piers Morgan last night, he couldn’t name one negative thing about the president.
Morgan, who was in rare form, tried to get Guggenheim to explain how, if this is a legitimate documentary, he balanced it out. In other words, did he tell just one side of the story, or both. Turns out he told just one side, and he’s not ashamed about it. After Morgan asked what negatives Morgan included, Guggenheim responded “the negative for me was that there were too many accomplishments.”
Mediaite details the rest of the back-and-forth:
“Oh, come off it,” said Morgan, rather Britishly. “You can’t say that with a straight face! Come on.” But, evidently, Guggenheim could. He really, really could.
And so Morgan tried again: “Where do you find fault in [President Obama]? Personally?”
After a lengthy pause, the director concluded that, as it turns out, he finds no fault in Obama.
“He’s a perfect human being?” asked Morgan.
“Well, no,” Guggenheim admitted. “But I’m really quite in awe of him as a leader. And the choices he’s made.”
Later Morgan recapped: “You said the only negative was you couldn’t put enough positives in.”
“Well that’s true,” Guggenheim admitted sheepishly, “that’s true.” He would later say, after being asked how much the film cost and who paid, that he took a pay cut to make the film and described it as a sacrifice for his children and country.
Morgan wasn’t having any of that: “I’m surprised you weren’t paying him by the sound of it, for the sheer honor and joy.”
Watch the full clip below: