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Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

Peter Kunhardt

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

by Peter Kunhardt

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

Peter Kunhardt

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Directed by Peter Kunhardt, this three-part HBO documentary series chronicles President Barack Obama's rise to political power despite major racial injustices in America.

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Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

by Peter Kunhardt

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

Peter Kunhardt

Overview

President Obama's election in 2008 was heralded as the dawn of a new post-racial America, yet his presidency showed how deeply Americans were divided over racial issues. Obama was often critically evaluated by both Black and white Americans.

Consisting of interviews with mostly Black friends and colleagues of President Obama's as well as Black celebrities, activists, and political leaders, this documentary reveals how divided Black Americans are about Obama's legacy.

Although his racial identity was constantly mentioned by the media and voters, President Obama himself held an optimistic view of the American public as open to political and racial progress. Whether his hopes were realized or not is for viewers to decide for themselves.

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"I chose to run for president at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together."

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Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union

Peter Kunhardt

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