“The Road We’ve Traveled” is a 17-minute documentary film directed by David Guggenheim, who also directed “An Inconvenient Truth”, and narrated by Tom Hanks. It is a film produced for the Obama re-election campaign that outlines President Obama’s most prominent achievements.
It is a well-made film that does its job, the job being leading viewers to believe that the President deserves to be unequivocally given an A for his first term as President, and that he should be re-elected for a second term.
Given the circumstances around the 2008 election, particularly the opponents he was up against, I continue to believe that the country would have been in shambles, and more cynical than ever, had McCain/Palin been elected. It never ceases to amaze me that Obama’s margin of victory over McCain wasn’t larger.
As for the achievements themselves, the top four that Guggenheim points out are: bailing out the auto industry when the majority was against it; Obamacare; killing Osama Bin Laden, and; The Recovery Act. Excluding his less salient successes, these four points alone should provide him with plenty of material to convince voters on the campaign trail to re-elect him.
Sadly, Americans by in large don’t vote according to the records or what the official has actually achieved. They voted according to what they believe the officials have done, gullible to rhetoric without ever bothering to fact check the validity of claims.
Thus, it is sad, cynical, but true, that the Obama re-election campaign isn’t going up against an opponent of a different ideology or policy, per se. It is going up against the party of non-true, non-facts. Of people making claims about the President that are flat out not true.
What’s even more sad is the sheer number of voters who actually believe these false statements and vote according to them. Such as when Karl Rove quoted a line said by Bill Clinton completely out of context.
As for “The Road We’ve Traveled”, it is a well-made documentary for its intents and purposes. And it’s available on youtube. So why not give it a watch?
And… here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2POembdArVo