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Inside Obama's Presidency (full documentary)

19 Jul 2023
As Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term, FRONTLINE took a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. (Aired 2013)

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From President Barack Obama’s battles with Republican opponents over health care and the economy, to his dramatic expansion of targeted killings of enemies abroad, “Inside Obama’s Presidency” examined the 44th U.S. president’s key decisions and experiences during his first term — and how they might inform his second.

“Inside Obama’s Presidency” was a FRONTLINE Production with the Kirk Documentary Group. The director was Michael Kirk. The writers were Michael Kirk & Mike Wiser. The producers were Michael Kirk, Jim Gilmore and Mike Wiser. The reporter was Jim Gilmore. The deputy executive producer of FRONTLINE was Raney Aronson-Rath. The executive producer of FRONTLINE was David Fanning.

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FRONTLINE is produced at GBH in Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding is provided by the Abrams Foundation; Park Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation, and additional support from Koo and Patricia Yuen.

Prologue - 00:00
Barack Obama Wins 2008 Election and Inherits A Financial Crisis - 00:50
In 2009, Republicans Develop Plan to Oppose Obama’s Initiatives - 04:06
In 2009, Financial Reform Slips Away - 12:55
The Obama Administration and the Price of Health Care Reform - 27:16
Obama’s Covert War: Targeted Killings in the “War on Terror” - 35:17
2011 Compromise on National Debt Creates ‘Fiscal Cliff’ - 40:03
49:08 - Obama Returns to 2012 Presidential Campaign Trail ‘Changed’
Credits - 51:57
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