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

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Get an all-access pass behind the scenes of the presidency as filmmakers trace the political journey of Barack Obama from his days as a Chicago senator to his current status as Commander in Chief. Explore the grass roots effort to get him elected by witnessing his landmark first victory in Iowa and following him on the road during the punishing primary campaign. Later, Obama is sworn into the presidency at the historical inauguration that named him the first African American president in the history of the United States.
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G
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Documentary , Special Interest
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HBO

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Critic Reviews for By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

A less-than-electrifying account of an electrifying election.

Full Review… | August 11, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Slow-paced, one-dimensional docu captures historic election

Full Review… | July 26, 2016
Common Sense Media

A great election souvenir, but it falls short as a documentary.

Full Review… | February 26, 2012
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for By the People: The Election of Barack Obama

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.

Ken Bash
Ken Bash
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A momentous occasion in U.S. history but as charismatic as Obama is, this was just kind of boring at times.

Michael Ritchason
Michael Ritchason

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.

Connie Coffey
Connie Coffey

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