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Friday, March 16, 2012

"The Road We've Traveled"

The Obama/Biden 2012 campaign makes its case, and it's quite a powerful one.

Its first emotional peak comes around the 9 minute mark, when Michelle Obama explains the urgency behind the President's commitment to go big on health care reform. A second one, perhaps more visceral, comes within two minutes, during the segment on national security and the killing of Osama bin Laden. A third one comes at the 15 minute mark, with the triptych of Lily Ledbetter, Sonia Sotomayor and Elana Kagan.

A number of the Administration's accomplishments given short shrift, but if the Lily Ledbetter video is any indication, there are plenty of shorter films that could be made. Let's hope for a few additional short films; certainly a Spanish-language presentation focusing on Sotomayor and Latino issues is called for, as is one on the battle to repeal DADT. I expect the thirty second spots on Osama will be held back till October.

These documentaries are at their best when they tie Obama's accomplishments to his life as a father, as a son, or as a husband. The campaign is making a statement about Obama the man in these films, which is both important and timely. America has begun to make a judgment about his likely opponent's character, and between the dog-torturing, callousness towards women and the poor, and lying, it's far from positive.

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