Tom Hanks narrates Obama campaign’s ‘documentary’
It's as slick as any commercial Hollywood production. And it's about as much a "documentary" as a campaign speech by Joe Biden.
President Barack Obama's re-election machine on Thursday released a two-minute trailer for what they have billed as a 17-minute documentary that makes the case that he deserves a second term.
From the giant American flag fluttering over a cheering crowd in the opening scene to the dramatic recounting of the Navy SEAL raid that took out Osama bin Laden to Tom Hanks' narration, "The Road We've Traveled" is undeniably a state-of-the-art pitch for the president. (Let's take a moment to miss Don LaFontaine, whose trademark gravelly "In A World" could have been the cherry on top).
It could be the first campaign video to feature two Academy Award winners: Hanks, and director Davis Guggenheim, who helmed Al Gore's Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth."
The trailer opens with a giant flag and cheers from a massive crowd turned out to hear Obama—who first appears with First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, walking away from the camera, toward a podium.
Hanks's narration begins: "How do we understand this president and his time in office? Do we look at the day's headlines? Or do we remember what we, as a country, have been through?" Words onscreen promise "a film about determination and progress," "told by those who saw it happen" as Obama made "tough decisions" to confront "historic challenges."
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