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By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)

Nearly a year before Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency, two filmmakers began to roll cameras on the young senator. Over the next 19 months, across the USA, the daily events of the presidential campaign are chronicled.

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Amy Rice, Alicia Sams
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Barack Obama ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Abercrombie Neil Abercrombie ... Himself
Dick Armey ... Himself (archive footage)
David Axelrod David Axelrod ... Himself - Chief Campaign Strategist
Bill Ayers Bill Ayers ... Himself (archive footage)
Melissa Bean Melissa Bean ... Herself (archive footage)
Jill Biden ... Herself
Joe Biden ... Himself - Democrat Vice-Presidential Candidate
Mike Blake Mike Blake ... Himself - Iowa Political Director
Wolf Blitzer ... Himself (archive footage)
Tucker Carlson ... Himself (archive footage)
Ronnie Cho Ronnie Cho ... Himself - Organizer
Hillary Clinton ... Herself - Democrat Candidate (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
James Clyburn ... Himself (as James E. Clyburn)
Candy Crowley ... Herself - HSCNN
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In 2006, Barack Obama -- a largely unknown freshman senator from Illinois -- hits the campaign trail in a struggle to gain national recognition. Cameras follow Obama as he recovers from nearly losing to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primaries and meets the challenge of his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, in the general election. After a hard-fought campaign, Obama successfully captures the nation's imagination, becoming the first African-American president in U.S. history. Written by Jwelch5742

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The Election of Barack Obama

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USA

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English

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7 August 2009 (USA) See more »

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Great behind the scenes look at how an election is supposed to run
5 August 2010 | by lisa-629See all my reviews

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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