Obama campaign unveils trailer for promotional re-election film

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Eight months before voters decide whether or not to give President Obama another four years in power, his re-election team wants to remind them of what life was like three years ago.

The Obama campaign on Thursday unveiled a trailer for a documentary-style film chronicling the work of the Obama administration's first three years in office.

Titled, "The Road We've Traveled," the 17-minute film was produced by Davis Guggenheim, who directed Mr. Obama's infomercial released just before the 2008 election and former Vice President Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."

To be released on March 15th, the movie includes interviews with top advisers talking about the challenges they faced coming into office and what actions they took in response.

"Do we look at the days headlines, or do we remember what we as a country have been through," the narrator, actor Tom Hanks, intones at the beginning of the trailer.

Former top economic aide Austan Goolsbee recalls a meeting with his top advisers on the economy that Mr. Obama convened shortly after defeating Sen. John McCain but before taking office on January 20, 2009.

"What was described in that meeting was an economic crisis beyond anything anybody had imagined," said David Axelrod, identified in the film as a former senior White House adviser. He is now a top strategist for the Obama campaign.

The clip also highlights Vice President Joe Biden, recounting how the president made the decision to send U.S. forces to get Osama bin Laden.

"He's all alone. This is his decision and nobody is standing there with him," Biden said of the moment before Mr. Obama gave the greenlight for special forces to go after bin Laden.

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