Obama Rolls Out “Forward” Theme with Look Back

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President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and members of the national security team receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House on May 1, 2011.


That’s the title of the Obama campaign’s seven-minute video released today — though the video starts by looking backward, at the economic crisis President Obama inherited when he took office in January 2009.

The narrative strings together video and audio clips about the recession and jobs claims connected to Obama’s policies — a stimulus plan that saved up to 4.2 million jobs, a U.S. automaker rescue that saved 1.1 million jobs. “Like America, he dug deep,” a narrator says at one point. The campaign said in a release that the video will serve as “an important grassroots organizing tool” through the general election and be played live at opening campaign rallies on May 5 in Ohio and Virginia.

It ticks through Obama’s middle-class tax cuts, contraception coverage for women, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the push to expand health care coverage, and for legislation to rein in credit card companies and banks. It also notes the end of the war in Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden a year ago as “the victory no one saw coming.”

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