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Won Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Barack Obama ... Himself
Ronnie Cho ... Himself - Organizer
Tommy Vietor ... Himself - Iowa Press Secretary
Robert Gibbs ... Himself

Dick Armey ... Himself (archive footage)

John Edwards ... Himself
Bill Richardson ... Himself

Joe Biden ... Himself

Hillary Clinton ... Herself (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
David Axelrod ... Himself
Bob Menendez ... Himself (as Sen. Bob Menendez)
Melissa Bean ... Herself (archive footage)

Tammy Duckworth ... Herself (archive footage)

Michelle Obama ... Herself
David Plouffe ... Himself
James Clyburn ... Himself
Ryan Lizza ... Himself - New Yorker
Lynn Sweet ... Herself

Jon Favreau ... Himself
Candy Crowley ... Herself

Richard Wolffe ... Himself - MSNBC
Paul Tewes ... Himself - Iowa State Director
Mike Blake ... Himself - Iowa Political Director
Suhaila Soetoro-Ng ... Herself
Maya Soetoro-Ng ... Herself
Konrad Ng ... Himself
Neil Abercrombie ... Himself
Bobby Titcomb ... Himself - High School Friend

Chuck Todd ... Himself
Jennifer Donahue ... Herself
Melisanne Russo ... Herself - Reporter (as Melissa Russo)
Jeff Zeleny ... Himself - New York Times
Jim Margolis ... Himself - Media Consultant
Jeremiah Wright ... Himself (archive footage)
Jane Hall ... Herself - Fox News

Joe Klein ... Himself

John McCain ... Himself

Sarah Palin ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Wolf Blitzer ... Himself (archive footage)
Tucker Carlson ... Himself (archive footage)

Chris Matthews ... Himself (archive footage)

Condoleezza Rice ... Herself (archive footage)

Tim Russert ... Himself (archive footage)

Brian Williams ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
Amy Rice 
Alicia Sams 
Produced by
Bristol Baughan .... executive producer
Stuart Blumberg .... producer
Elissa Brown .... associate producer
Benjamin Goldhirsh .... producer
Matt Huffman .... field producer
Meggan Lennon .... field producer
Deric Margolis .... executive producer
D.J. Martin .... executive producer
Bill Migliore .... producer
Tim Nackashi .... field producer
Edward Norton .... producer
Dan O'Meara .... producer
Chris Romano .... producer
Audrey Rosenberg .... executive producer
Alicia Sams .... producer
Original Music by
Craig Wedren 
Film Editing by
Arielle Amsalem 
Geeta Gandbhir 
Samuel D. Pollard 
Sound Department
Ron Bochar .... sound editor
Ron Bochar .... sound re-recording mixer
Zuzana Bochar .... sound apprentice
Justin Hennard .... sound mixer
Allan Zaleski .... sound editor
Alexa Zimmerman .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Keira Alexandra .... title design
Camera and Electrical Department
Bristol Baughan .... additional camera
Isaac Brown .... additional camera
Andreas Burgess .... additional camera
Eric Flagg .... additional camera
Hope Hall .... additional camera operator
Chris W. Johnson .... additional cinematographer
Gil Kruger .... additional camera operator
Meggan Lennon .... additional camera
Lee Nelson II .... additional camera operator
Matt Porwoll .... additional camera operator
Ryan Richmond .... additional camera
Editorial Department
Macy Jones .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Scot Olive .... colorist
Samuel D. Pollard .... supervising editor
Lauren Auricchio .... editorial intern (uncredited)
Music Department
Michael Panes .... musician: violin
Other crew
Keira Alexandra .... title designer
Kevin Crawley .... production assistant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Savannah Freed .... production assistant
Jonathan Gray .... production counsel
Liz Modena .... production accountant
Meggan Lennon .... special thanks
Matt Porwoll .... thanks
Chad Troutwine .... special thanks

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Great behind the scenes look at how an election is supposed to run, 5 August 2010
Author: lisa-629 from United States

Whether you like Obama or not, this film is an excellent documentary following a successful campaign. Axelrod and Gibbs played a crucial role in Obama's election, and this film highlights the brilliant ideas they came up with along the way. The movie doesn't play favorites, and doesn't appear biased against McCain and towards Obama, it is simply a film showing how hard it is and the path this President took to achieve his goals and aspirations. I would recommend this film for anyone interested in the behind the scenes work behind Obama's campaign. As far as history goes, Obama's election is a milestone, whether you like it or not. That being said, his steps to the highest office are wonderfully culminated in this documentary.

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