Hollywood notables have participated in the production of a film, which was created to highlight the first-term achievements of President Barack Obama in order to assist his re-election efforts.
The Hollywood roster of “The Road We've Traveled” film includes double Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, who took home trophies for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump,” and Davis Guggenheim, who received the Academy Award for “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary that cinematized Al Gore's global-warming lectures.
Hanks narrates the 17-minute documentary, with a dramatic musical soundtrack accompanying his voice, and Guggenheim directs the mini movie.
A trailer for the “The Road We've Traveled,” which has been posted on YouTube, begins with Hanks setting up the premise of the film by posing the following questions: “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?”
The film proposes that four years ago things were far worse than expected and hones in on the financial meltdown, ObamaCare, the auto industry bailout, and the mission that tracked down and killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
Testimonials feature a cast of current and former administration officials that includes Vice President Joe Biden, former advisers David Axelrod and Austan Goolsbee, and former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
“It’s going to put into perspective the enormous challenges that the nation faced when the president took office and the strides we’ve made together,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told reporters.
GOP spokesperson Kirsten Kukowski gives the movie a thumbs-down review, telling USA Today, “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.”
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