By the People: The Election of Barack Obama Reviews
January 7, 2010
It's been a year since the election that made history, and now that we've moved on back to our normal lives, that united feeling is gone away. Maybe that's just me. This movie is a great reminder of how it felt those months leading up to (spoiler alert) Obama's win. The great thing about this film is that these two women thought they were just following this energetic Illinois senator around. They had no idea they were inside of one the most significant moments in history. That gives the footage a fly on the wall perspective that I've rarely seen in a documentary. Right after watching it, I knew this was a must own for the library.
November 14, 2012
It might not be the best documentary in the world but the story of our president's campaign is impressive. "I will never forget that the only reason I'm here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky. Stood up when it was hard. Stood up when it wasn't popular. And because that somebody stood up, a few more stood up. And then a few thousand stood up. And then a few million stoop up. And standing up, with courage and clear purpose, they managed to change the world."
Barack Obama Jan. 8, 2008
August 3, 2012
it's always good to hear from those voicing their own opinions. It helps you form your own ideas and look for the facts.
July 31, 2011
Two and a half years after, Obama has proven that he can govern as well as he can campaign. But considering the mountain of opposition he has had to face, one must wonder if Obama sometimes regrets taking the job. Hatred of him spawned a whole political movement and "party." In spite of all this, and a Republican congress determined to destroy him, he has accomplished a great deal in a short time. He is the real deal.
March 22, 2010
An awkward president, who does not listen to questions, does not care about anything, or the country, instead just money. 1/20/13 will be the best day ever for lots of people.
January 10, 2010
Even though you knew from the start that Barack Obama was going to become the 44th President of the USA, it was a fun ride to watch him go through his journey. You learned from the supporters point of view, how satisfying hard work pays off. You witnessed the accusations that were thrown at him, and cheered him on throughout every speech. So much emotion poured out of people of every race, knowing they were changing history. Throw away your prejudice, your dirty politics, and follow one of the greatest Presidential campaigns "from the rocky coasts of Maine to the sunshine of California."
October 20, 2009
I caught the full preview of this documentary in a Des Moines auditorium with several hundred people. It was re-energizing all over again, like going through the "hope" excitement during Iowa caucuses when it actually happened here. The first part of the film started in Iowa where momentum really took off for Obama. Amy Rice and Alicia Sams did a great job of following Obama around and capturing real-life behind-the-scenes moments that make him seem more real. They showed him as the calm during the storm of an election with all it's ugliness, followed him in his battles versus Clinton, and finally in his defeat of McCain. The best parts of the film were the laughs had from comments made by ordinary Iowans and volunteers helping with the cause. The little boy on the phone is the highlight. There were also parts of the film that brought tears to my eyes and everyone's around me, with seeing Barack deliver a heartfelt speech with tears of his own on the eve of his grandmother's death. And there were tears of joy in re-experiencing the joy of his triumphs along with the political volunteers on the screen who's lives were followed in the film and further drew me into their stories as well.
Overall, I was kept surprisingly attached to the emotions of this documentary. It wasn't dry or factual, it was very human. And with renewed energy, I'm proud once again to be a participant in this period of American history with such an inspirational leader.