Saving Private Obama

The thing that grabbed me was that this campaign video is narrated by Tom Hanks. Hence the headline.

Beyond that, this video is interesting on two levels:

  • It gives us a taste of how the president is going to sell his record for re-election purposes.
  • It’s a new wrinkle to me — a trailer for a campaign ad. Sort of like the trailer for the Ferris Bueller ad ahead of the Super Bowl. It goes (I think) where no candidate marketing has gone before…

More info, from Politico:

The Obama campaign has released the trailer to director Davis Guggenheim’s 17 minute film about President Obama’s first term in office.

The film is narrated by Tom Hanks and the trailer includes interview clips of Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Austan Goolsbee, and Elizabeth Warren among others.

According to the campaign, the film will be released next week at support events around the country.

    6 thoughts on “Saving Private Obama

    1. Steven Davis II

      Saving Private Obama is an insult to the movie. Besides, Obama would not have been on the front lines unless he was a driver or a cook.

      Barak Dynamite is probably close to reality.

    2. bud

      The president has a lot to talk about. The labor report comes out today so we’ll have a pretty good indication of whether the recent good news on the unemployment front continues. If so the over/under on how many states Obama carries should be around 40. With the taint of liberalism “marring” Romney’s prospects in the south it’s possible Obama could even be competitive in places like GA, LA and maybe SC. Otherwise Mr. Obama has demonstrated strength as commander and chief with the death of OBL and Ghaddafi. Plus he’s kept his promise to get us out of the Iraq tarbaby. And now it appears we’re pulling out of Afghanistan. Plus, he has very high likeability numbers. Who wouldn’t like him? He appears to have a Ward Cleaver like family life. And there’s no hint of scandal in his administration. Admitedly family values don’t carry much weight with voters but it can only help.

      Let’s see what the labor report shows today before we swear Mr. Obama in for a second term. But all the signs point to a promising campaign season for the Democrats.

    3. bud

      And here it is as reported in USA Today (originally AP):

      “WASHINGTON – U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since before the recession, which started in 2007 and ended in 2009. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force.”

      Pretty good but still not a slam dunk for the POTUS. With unemployment remaining 8.3% there is much work remaining. But this is good enough to make the over/under state total for Obama about 35 right now.

    4. Ralph Hightower

      There are many things that Obama did right.

      1) Saving Detroit. In my 43 years of driving (has it been that long?), I have never owned a foreign car. I’ve owned mostly Chevy, two Fords (both Mustangs, 66 & 74), a Pontiac, two Saturns, and a GMC. Yea, there are some that don’t have an allegiance to a brand, but we have never owned a foreign branded car or truck.

      2) Killing Osama. That had to take guts to avoid ticking off Pakistan.

      Watching the trailer, I saw a few black & white photos. I saw the same trend watching some of the commercials of the Super Bowl 2012.

      Black & white photos have a classic look about them. I’m glad to be on the leading edge of the retro trend.

    5. Steven Davis II

      Detroit is saved? You could have fooled me. I was in that city two years ago and was shocked that a city in the United States could look like that. Hollywood could film end of the world movies there and not have to do anything set-wise other than set up cameras.

    6. `Kathryn Fenner

      @ Steven– How do you know what President Obama might have done in the military? He is a seriously good athlete, and has shown a lot of courage and overcome a lot of adversity.

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