The documentary features interviews with former President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Obama’s former chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and his former senior adviser David Axelrod, the New York Daily News reported, all hammering home the central theme that President Obama inherited one of the worst financial situations in America’s history, but made valiant, difficult decisions in order to rebuild America. Read more and see the powerful documentary after the previous
“Not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president,” Hanks says in the movie, which had 300 premieres across the country, the Post reported.
“Obama’s operatives don’t want you to judge him by your unhappiness with your present financial situation. Nor do they want you to judge him by the high aspirations you had for him in the summer of 2008,” wrote Slate’s Will Saletan. “Forget all that hopey-changey stuff. They want to reset your expectations to the weeks after his election, when the economy was going to hell.”
Republicans jumped on the film, which cost at least $345,000 to make, immediately.
“The American people don’t need a Hollywood movie to know what the President accomplished over the past three years,” Kirsten Kukowski, a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee, told the Associated Press. “Unfortunately Americans feel Obama’s accomplishments each and every day after President Obama led our country to higher unemployment, record debt and higher gas prices.”