Obama Years, The: The Power Of Words
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All American presidents leave behind a mixed legacy of successes and failures, but for many, their lasting impression comes from their use of what Teddy Roosevelt famously called ‘the bully pulpit’ - how they tried to shape their times through their most important speeches. This film tells the story of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, through some of the defining speeches of his political career. With insights from eminent historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Douglas Brinkley, as well as interviews with key figures in President Obama’s speechwriting process, including Valerie Jarrett, David Axelrod, Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan. Other contributors include Harry Rubenstein of the National Museum of American History, Rep John Lewis, and Clark Judge speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan.
A Smithsonian Channel Production