Tom Hanks’ solemn voice leads off President Obama’s slick Hollywood-produced video, touting the president’s accomplishments in office. No wonder conservatives are crying foul. Now, the full video has been released.
Hanks, who has become a symbol of America’s virtue and patriotism after appearing in the 1998 film “Saving Private Ryan,” throws the full force of his personality behind the Obama re-election campaign.
The video opens with scenes of a campaign rally, lots of American flags and Obama and his family taking the stage. “What do we remember about November 2008,” Hanks intones. As Obama waves and the crowd cheers, Hanks asks: “Was it this moment? Or This?”
The video cuts to a scene from the New York Stock Exchange as a newscaster delivers the bad news. “Ten years of savings gone. Poof!”
How do we understand this president and his time in office? Do we look at today’s headlines or do we remember what we, as a country have been through,” Hanks interjects.
Gone are the days when Republicans could claim at least a slice of Hollywood with icons like Charlton Heston and Ronald Reagan. Now all they’ve got is squirrely Ted Nugent. All they can do is grit their teeth and dismiss the video as propaganda.
While it’s definitely melodramatic, the Davis Guggenheim piece, titled “The Road We’ve Traveled,” gets across the point; Obama inherited most of the nation’s problems from the mess created by eight years of George W. Bush.
“Not since the days of Franklin Roosevelt had so much fallen on the shoulders of one president,” Hanks proclaims. “And when he faced his country, who looked to him for answers, he would not dwell in blame by dreamy idealism.”
Republicans are already reeling from HBO’s acid portrayal of their one-time champion Sarah Palin, who has been so politically neutered and rendered a caricature of herself, she couldn’t get elected dog catcher.
Now this, which portrays Obama as Lincolnesque. Sure Lincoln was a Republican, but Reagan was fond of quoting John F. Kennedy so this finally evens the score.
Check out the full video below: