The Road We’ve Traveled: Obama’s Film of Fiction Narrated by Tom Hanks

President Obama’s new campaign video “The Road We’ve Traveled” is enough to make any thinking, breathing American puke. The nearly 20 minute mini-documentary, narrated by actor Tom Hanks, is more fiction than fact, more fantasy than reality. Hanks tries to emotionalize the presidency of Obama asking viewers if they remember electing the nation’s first black president or the country on verge of economic collapse. (Eye-roll here)

The entire video seeks to seduce voters into re-electing Obama based on his character and unique story over his failed record of presiding over the worst recession since the Great Depression. Tom Hanks asks “How do we understand this president and his time in office? Do we look at today’s headlines?” This line will likely arouse laughter from viewers because Americans understand this president’s time in office as one of failure, which is why since last year Obama’s job approval ratings job approval ratings consistently hovered below 50%. Although Hanks would like us to be blind to the headlines, Americans read daily about the unemployment rate being above 8% for the past three years.

This sappy video tries to play Americans for fools. Describing Obama’s first meeting with his economic team in Chicago to discuss the country’s economic crisis, Communications Director for Obama’s re-election campaign David Axelrod exclaims, “There was a screen set up for slides but we might as well be watching a horror movie.” No most Americans would say the horror movie has been the one they’ve been living for the past three years under Obama’s presidency: $15 Trillion debt, virtually no hiring or economic growth, and $1 trillion plus deficits, etc.

This video paints a picture of a helpless President Obama. Hanks voice turns dreary and foreboding “Not since days of Roosevelt had so much fallen on shoulders of one president. And when he faced his country; he would not dwell in blame or idealism.” Obama ran for president of the United States. He knew what he was getting into and it’s an outright lie to say Obama didn’t blame anyone for the situation he stepped into. Obama has spent his entire presidency blaming George W. Bush and Republicans for his inability to lead America out of this recession.

Hanks waxes on about Obama’s record of success/relentless spending like the $800 trillion Recovery Act, which did nothing to create jobs. Several minutes are sucked up talking about how critical it was for Obama to spend $80 billion to save the US auto industry, oops I mean union jobs. Then Hank declares “Obama knew he couldn’t fix the economy if he didn’t fix healthcare.” He should have focused on fixing the economy rather not passing $1 trillion Obamacare which killed jobs, rather than created them.

Of course the video paints Obama solely responsible for the Navy Seals capture of Osama bin Laden, this is the only time during he’s presidency he’s taken responsibility for something. Note Vice-President Biden’s emphasis “this was his decision.” What’s left out of this narrative is it was Bush’s enhanced interrogation techniques that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder condemned that enabled CIA to get information from an al Qaeda operative that Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan.

The most outrageous fiction in video is Hanks listing his record of success: Dodd-Frank, Obamacare, Repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, 3.5 million jobs created (no mention of the 6 million lost during his presidency) but Hank declares Obama’s successes “which changed the way the world sees us.”  That’s true enough. Obama’s policies have made the world see America as weak and broken.

Finally, Hanks notes: “Time and time again, we would see rewards from tough decisions he had made.” I guess Hanks is talking about the rewards of high unemployment, foreclosures and broken dreams Obama has given the American people? Watching this re-write of Obama’s record, which you think will never come to an end, Hanks finally pleads with viewers during the last minute “So when we remember this moment and consider this president, then and now, let’s remember how far we’ve come. And look forward to the work still to be done.”

Someone tweeted me “when I think of Obama, I feel like a battered spouse who has everyone fooled that our relationship is great when it’s not.”

Despite Hanks desperate attempt to portray Obama as a great president, many Americans, remember how much they’ve suffered under this weak, misguided president and they aren’t going to give him four more years to do more “work.” Game Change the book describes (pp.26-27) David Axelrod, Obama campaign advisor, “Axelrod was known for being interested less in policy than in softer qualities of character and biography. His central gift was a grasp of the power of narrative—his ability to weave his candidates beliefs and background into an emotionally compelling bundle.”

You don’t elect a President based on emotion; you elect that person based on his or her ability. The American people have had enough of the Obama narrative and aren’t going to fall for this fairytale a second time around. As producer of the HBO movie Game Change combined with his acting ability, Hanks is good at spinning tales with a leftist bent. But what both Hanks and Team Obama should recognize is Americans aren’t stupid and whether they’re watching a movie or living through the presidency of Obama, they can always separate reality from fiction.

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25 Responses to “The Road We’ve Traveled: Obama’s Film of Fiction Narrated by Tom Hanks”

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  2. D oliver says:

    WOW!!! the GOP got wopped!!.. sorry I had to say it///

  3. Bob says:

    Why distort the truth?

    Do you repubs/tea party people really think these guys will look out for the middle class or the top1%. And none of you are in the top1% or will be.

    The Ryan budget is laughable at best yet you defend it. Medi care to coupons. Tax cuts for the wealthy and an increase on the bottom 50% of earners. That’s fair huh. Cuts to all sorts of programs with out an increase in revenue. Guess it’s Everyman for himself these days. And if you says hey that’s a socialist view then please remember how bad our infrastructure is and just who will fix it. Because there isn’t any profit in fixing roads or bridges.

    And the repubs answer….. Mittens Romney

    But hey will the real mitt romney please stand up….. Because he has moved so far to the right in the last 6 mos with gaffes and all out lies along the way. All in an effort to pander to the tea party folks and to secure the nomination.

    And yes I wasted me time here.

    Conservative black chic quite the oxymoron.

    Lady I just saw you on CNN. What a train wreck. Many of your thoughts were inarticulate and you came across as slightly psycho. You do not need to smile the entire time like a robot. Nor do you need to have emotional outbursts when your position is challenged.

  4. d martin says:

    The most obvious reason why Obama chose Health care over Job creation, is that whilst the fomer was divisive and it was his primary reason for running for president…( his social activist background) he knew he or any other president might not get the chance to do so ..the jobs would come back, but health trumps all… Anyway one should not forget that its the GOP, under the guidance of Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon, who during the PING PONG summit made China what it is today. Thoughts of American supremacy overwhelming the Chinese,now laughable was backed by many CEO at the time…Look it up, aided andabeeted by Walls st, and taxation policies favourble to American firms operating overseas ..America lost milllions of jobs.
    Blaming someone else for a problem seems to be an American trait that is not veiwed in a positive light OUTSIDE the country…more could be done by American to help themselves, but alas the circus continues.
    The president of the US is the one of the weakest Head Of State….He cannot ionitiate laws etc, only the congress can, instead he is at the mercy of that body…lets not blame the president for things he cant control. He can only suggest a change in a particular area but in the end its congress’ call
    See instead a parlimentary system, where the Prime Minister is all powerful, who he appoints, who he fires, no oversight, little or no consultation with oppositon ,etc….
    Bravo for Obama, bravo for holding the line on health care ..the jobs will come back ,even faster if the tax system is overhauled ,,,
    \
    your truly .. A black man in CANADA

  5. Black P Stone says:

    Crystal…

    You are a sellout! You do not deserve call yourself black woman

  6. Yo says:

    I’m just wondering I never seen any Republican candidate talking to poor black voters. What have they done for us in recent memory???

  7. Ed Townsend says:

    To Bob, it has been argued to try and put some lawsuit protection in via the Affordable Healthcare Act to give some incentive for surgeons to keep going. Yeah, I do agree the bill is a rediculously big and long one with riders and pork attached, but I think we need to clear up the real motives for why people do or do not want to be doctors.

  8. RatedPG says:

    Great read! It’s 800 billion… I think Bernanke would run out of ink if it was 800 trillion 🙂

    Keep up the good work!

  9. No time to repeat says:

    Let us pray for real change in 2012 not just a bad repeat!

  10. Michael Foley says:

    Really talented actors thrive when given a part in a work of fiction. We are all breathlessly waiting for the sad, and sobering story of Tom’s life, “Mr. Smith goes to Hollywood,” or, How Jimmy Stewart became Alec Baldwin……

  11. Silas Dogood says:

    Well done. It is unfortunate that the majority of Americans that watch that piece of fiction will buy into it 100%. We the people have allowed this administration to, “fundamentally change,” our republic. It is the only promise that the president kept.

  12. Bob says:

    truevoice: Would the general public really understand the effect Obamacare will have on business. Many members of Congress are just now realizing the garbage that was thrown into the bill that was signed. The Association of Realtors discovered a new tax that will charge the Seller of a Home an additional 3.8% tax. If you house sold for $200,000 you will pay the federal givernment approx $7000. How many more items were included in that bill American taxpayers and some congressmen have no idea. Did anyone read it?
    As for the effect Obamacare will have, Small business owners already know whats coming and they are fearing for their livelihood. What’s truly sad about Obamacare is that it does nothing to rein in the premiums being charged by insurance companies..the costs are still going up. I prefer to listen to doctor’s opinions about this scam. The shortage of doctors in this country grows every year. Once Obamacare begins there will be no financial incentives for doctors to continue in their line of work. Many may quit. I will never forget Pelosi’s arrogant comment, “We’ll just have to sign it to see whats in it.”

  13. Raey says:

    what do you have to say about Trayvon Martin and the NRA evoking this stand your ground law? Ya’ll make me sick!

  14. Dennis S. Conklin says:

    Greetings,

    I listen to bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio program through Roundtable Membership ipodcast. I just listened to the Monday first hour that you were prominently featured and you were wonderful.

    The next time you are on, see if Bill’s team can have your segment put up on the free-side for a few days. When I hear an interesting guest I like to FB and Tweet about it to my FB Friends and Twitter Followers, and it would be nice if I could include the audio’s link (and not just your website).

    Regards,
    Dennis

  15. Buck O'Fama says:

    “Not since days of Roosevelt had so much fallen on shoulders of one president. And when he faced his country; he would not dwell in blame or idealism.”

    REALLY? It must have been Bush that blaming all of Obama’s troubles on Bush, then.

  16. Rick Caird says:

    Was Tom Hanks narrating as Turner or as Hooch in this one. I am thinking Hooch.

  17. Frank Tremblay says:

    Heard you this AM on Morning in America – had to check out your website. Enjoyed your article on the Tom Hanks film – Keep up the good work.

  18. Pete Espinoza says:

    Very nice!!

  19. Bob Zucker says:

    I also discovered this blog today via Morning in America. Hanks may be employing the dishonest rhetorical device because to him, as to David Axelrod et al., “the ends justify the means.” They are faithful adherents to the religion of progressivism/liberalism, in which honesty is definitely not one of the ethical values.

    Obama is likely to be re-elected. I fear that Americans ARE that stupid – especially the younger voters. They apparently believed that investment in the “green economy” was the best way to increase employment, and that “fixing” healthcare was essential to prevent future economic disaster. Additionally, we whites may still may not want to deal with the guilt resulting from joining with the “haters” to vote against the black man.

    There is also self-interest. I happen to be totally dependent on the federal government for my entire income (federal employee retirement and Social Security). I cannot afford even higher premiums and co-pays for the healthcare which keeps me alive, nor the lower COLA’s. These most certainly will occur with Republicans. I know that my current benefits will not continue in the long term, but I am more concerned with the next few years right now.

    And so I am conflicted – as are probably many millions of others.

  20. Brian says:

    “Hanks tries to emotionalize the presidency of Obama asking viewers if they remember … the country on verge of economic collapse.

    We don’t have to remember; the economy is still on the verge of collapse, thanks to a President who put reorganizing the American health care system over getting us out of the recession.

  21. daniel lambiase says:

    just wanted to say i enjoyed listening to you on morning in america, you make alot of sense in what you say, and i like your opinions on the 17 minute obama video. have a great day

  22. Paul Altenburg says:

    Dear Ms. Wright,

    I haven’t seen the Hanks film, but it is reminiscent of the many appeals to faith based on emotion rather than reason which the thoughtful have endured with bedevilment for as long as man could speak. A significant proportion of humanity is susceptible to the pathos component of rhetoric, while disregarding the ethos and the logos. This method of appeal is purposefully employed whenever any substance of value is lacking. This is clearly a dishonest rhetorical device, and Mr. Hanks knows it. He is, after all, an actor.

    When we understand this, then we are free to speculate as to the motive for such rank dishonesty from a seemingly intelligent man.
    This is where I hit the wall! Is it the honestly-held belief that Mr. Obama is a divine being whose wisdom transcends human understanding and whose truth is revealed only to the chosen few of the rank of Mr. Hanks? Well golly! I think I’ve hit on the truth of an eternal mystery! That truth of course is the revelation that such persons as Mr. Hanks are indeed guided by some supernal inner Knowledge which is possessed by few and presumed by many.

    God save the Republic!

    Best regards,
    Paul Altenburg

  23. Paul Altenburg says:

    Dear Ms. Wright,

    I haven’t seen the Hanks film, but it is reminiscent of the many appeals to faith based on emotion rather than reason which the thoughtful have endured with bedevilment for as long as man could speak. A significant proportion of humanity is susceptible to the pathos component of rhetoric, while disregarding the ethos and the logos. This method of appeal is purposefully employed whenever any substance of value is lacking. This is clearly a dishonest rhetorical device, and Mr. Hanks knows it. He is, after all, an actor.

    When we understand this, then we are free to speculate as to the motive for such rank dishonesty from a seemingly intelligent man.
    This is where I hit the wall! Is it the honestly-held belief that Mr. Obama is a divine being whose wisdom transcends human understanding and whose truth is revealed only to the chosen few of the rank of Mr. Hanks? Well golly! I think I’ve hit on the truth of an eternal mystery! That mystery of course is the revelation that such persons as Mr. Hanks are indeed guided by some supernal inner Knowledge which is possessed by few and presumed by many.

    God save the Republic!

    Best regards,
    Paul Altenburg

  24. Chaim Forst says:

    I am writing to you from Israel.

    I am listening to you on Bill Bennett. So, I found your website. Really interesting. Although you need a little help with your commas 😉 your site is very interesting. I like your thinking and ability to express your ideas so clearly. Nice work.

    I wish you lots of success.

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