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Biography: Barack Obama - Election Update Edition

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When he called himself "a skinny kid with a funny name" at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his political star was already on the rise. By the time he decimated the competition in 2004 race for the Illinois Senate, he was the bona fide golden child of a Democratic party desperately in need of a winner. In many ways, the story of Barack Obama is a uniquely American tale of the 21st century, where racial lines are blurry and the most interesting chapter is just beginning.

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This cable-television biography about the life of Illinois senator Barack Obama was made before he began campaigning to be the Democratic party's candidate for the 2008 presidential race. Still, the program suggests Obama has one or another kind of profound, Anerican destiny as a mixed-race activist who never comfortably fit into one or another group, and had to look deep into his own roots to understand his identity. The son of a white American mother and black Kenyan father, Obama was abandoned by the latter when he returned to his native country to work for its improvement. Raised by his mother--whom Obama credits with teaching him many of his values--and his grandmother, Obama lived in Hawaii as a child but moved to Indonesia for a few years when his mom remarried. There, Obama saw cyclical poverty and the underlying factors that perpetuate it before returning to Hawaii. Interviews with childhood friends and his sister describe Obama's restlessness before attending Harvard law school and propelling himself into a life of public service and community activism. Often accused of lacking enough political experience to qualify him for the White House, Obama comes across in this show as a visionary and experienced consensus-builder who can reach across opposing points of view. The program ends with details about Obama's entry into the U.S. Senate and his rise in the Democratic party, but a post-program coda catches us up with the history of his recent campaign. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Barack Obama
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Studio: A&E Home Video (New REleaset)
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015VQAZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,965 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Meiers19 on November 9, 2008
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Barack Obama has had a very fascinating life. This documentary was very informative and really gave you good perspective of where he came from and how it formed who he is today. This is a very limited updated version to include the Presidential race. I cannot wait until a true Presidential race and Election biography comes out!
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This is very well put together. If you don't respect Obama before you see this, you will after you watch it. It let me know that he can relate to middle-class & lower class people. Thanks to the author who put the dvd together. Thanks to Amazon for carrying any & all items I am looking for.I always turn to Amazon for my learning needs.
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This purchase is an integral part of my Presidential library. It will be added to my memoribilia (which I have collected since
President Obama first ran for office in 2008 and won the Presidency. I am proud of my collection.
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It started off really well. Got a little choppy and then ended abruptly. Almost as the rest of the information didn't get transferred to the DVD. Very strange. I would be a little concerned about purchasing another DVD made by Bio.
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