Citizens United‘s latest cinematic political commentary for this election year of 2012 is The Hope and the Change. Available on DVD and also appearing on various cable and broadcast television channels in the weeks before the November 6 presidential election (check schedule here), the film is highly relevant viewing for all voters contemplating their choice of the country’s chief executive for the next four years. The Hope and the Change presents an hour-long montage of clips from filmed interviews of 16 independent and 24 Democratic-leaning voters from seven swing states (Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) interspersed with television footage from President Barack Obama’s first term. The 40 voters describe why they voted for Obama’s proclaimed hope and change in 2008 but, disappointed by the subsequent four years of Obama’s first term, will not vote for him again.
For Americans considering their coming choice in the presidential election, Citizens United’s one-hour stroll down Obama’s memory lane is time well spent. It is instructive to reflect upon Obama’s record in light of his high-flying campaign rhetoric and surrounding public passions in 2008. As one voter in the film states concerning Obama, “I’m not interested anymore in what he says; I’m interested in what he has done.”
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