I just watched Obama’s (just shy of) 17 minute video/commercial/short film directed by Academy Award®-winning director Davis Guggenheim on YouTube.
The video, which was posted on BarackObama.com and YouTube yesterday, provides an overview of the past four years of Obama’s presidency.
According to the description on YouTube,
This film gives an inside look at some of the tough calls President Obama made to get our country back on track. Featuring interviews from President Bill Clinton, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and more. It’s a film everyone should see.
Here’s the video.
Whether you’re a fan of Obama or not, the video makes a persuasive case that President Obama brought us back from the brink of disaster.
I’m certain that few would doubt that former President Bush left the country is a bad way.
The video uses the condition of the country as the starting point for making the case for Obama’s success.
But despite the eloquent narration of Tom Hanks, will this video really have the desired impact?
The Washington Post provided an insightful review of the video and it’s intended purpose.
How many people are going to view this video and come away with the desired impression of Obama?
Will people see this video as a summary of success or pure propaganda?
Regardless, it’s clear that Obama’s re-election efforts will have to confront a more basic issue (again) in 2012.
Trolling Facebook yesterday, I came across the following bumper stickers:
Will the video be able to put a dent in the attitudes and opinions of folks creating propaganda like this?
I doubt it.
No matter how well the Obama campaign casts the past four years, some folks just don’t give a damn.
For them the issue is as simple as black and white.
Despite all that Obama has done, what’s clear is that the road we’ve traveled isn’t far enough.