In 2008, Barack Obama ran a soaring presidential campaign that promised the electorate “Hope” and “Change.” Now, four years later, has he fulfilled these promises to his dedicated supporters?
To answer that question, I sought out forty Americans – registered Democrats and independents – who supported and voted for President Obama four years ago. Citizens United Productions’ latest film “The Hope and The Change” is the result of these conversations.
For the last year, I traveled with Writer/Director Stephen K. Bannon to the key swing states of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia and found authentic American stories from citizens who have lost faith in their President. Our 60 minute documentary tells of the daily lives of hard-working Democrats and Independents through unscripted and unrehearsed interviews. Our diverse cast represents a broad cross-section of America’s racial and socio-economic spectrum, who all describe their personal struggles under the current administration.
The disappointment and frustration felt by many is reflected in the quotes from the interviews featured in the film:
“I supported Obama the first time. I don’t see the change.”
“I thought, just like a lot of people, he promised the change and we all got fooled.”
“He’s done a lousy job.”
“I voted for the wrong guy.”
“I think the legacy of Barack Obama is going to be that he made a lot of promises, got into office and couldn’t fulfill them.”
“When I hear the phrase ‘hope and change,’ I definitely think of bait and switch.”
“It’s almost like buyer’s remorse. You just have that tendency of wanting to almost take the item back and see if you can get your money back.”
“Obama’s a great con artist.”
“I’m not interested in what he says anymore, I’m interested in what he’s done.”
“We’ve tried change and this is what change got us.”
And, perhaps the most poignant, “Can we go through another four years of this?”
The powerful voices in “The Hope and The Change” will resonate with many citizens across the country who are disillusioned with the Presidency of Barack Obama. This persuasive documentary will change many minds and get people off the fence and into the game.
I didn’t want to make a film that would simply preach to the choir. I want to reach the “Reagan Democrats” and pragmatic independents; the people who believe in the American Dream and the idea that if you work hard and play by the rules you can get ahead. These are the very people who will decide this most critical election for future generations.
The everyday Americans in this film who regret their votes for Obama will have a major impact on the debates that are currently raging across America. Our goal is to have as many people as possible see “The Hope and The Change” and, from that, start a conversation. This Friday, Fox News’ Sean Hannity will air an hour long special on our documentary. Then the film will be screened during the RNC in Tampa next Tuesday, August 28th at 4pm (free tickets and more information available at CitizensUnited.org/RNC). This will be followed by a presentation in Charlotte during the DNC and a limited theatrical release in September, with other deals in the works.
President Obama campaigned in 2008 on “The Hope and The Change” and what the stories from Americans in “The Hope and The Change” show is that they are disappointed in the direction of the country. Viewers will see how their nation’s economy and society has changed for the worse over the past four years under the failed policies of President Obama.
Again, it must be asked, “Can we go through another four years of this?”