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The election of the first African American President, Barack Obama, marked a new era of hope for millions of people. The young President was eager to end the war in Iraq, close Guantanamo, fight climate change, and provide healthcare for all. However, what happened instead was the worst economic collapse. Millions of people say the rise of political group, the Tea Party as well as minimal cooperation from the Republican opposition led to this crisis. This four-part series is an intense and authoritative account of Obama's successes and failures as told by his inner circle. It is the story of how Obama attempted to reshape America, from inside a White House.
When elected, Obama promised to change America. However, he discovered that change would be harder then he predicted and his plans were knocked off course by the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.
When Obama announced his proposals for affordable, accessible healthcare for every American, he sparked a sour conflict on Capitol Hill. He has risked his entire legacy on what seven Presidents before him had tried and failed to do: passing healthcare reforms.
In the third episode we explore how Barack Obama set out to end George Bush's wars in the Middle East and reset relations with the rest of the world.
In Cairo, Obama spoke to the Arab world, calling democracy a human right. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defence Secretary Robert Gates describe how two years later protests erupted in Tahrir square. The President is torn between their view that Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak provides stability in the region, and the views of his younger advisors who believed in the promise of the Arab Spring. Before long, a similar test arises in Libya, Hillary Clinton changes her position to back military intervention and Obama agrees to join allies in airstrikes against Col Gaddafi.
In Syria, when shocking evidence shows the use of chemical weapons, Obama decides to bomb. But former Foreign Secretary William Hague explains why the British Parliament voted against intervention in 2013, and President Obama explains why he then decided to seek the backing of a reluctant Congress.
This episode also explores how Obama scored a big win when he negotiated a secret deal to end the nuclear threat from Iran – behind the backs of his closest allies. Secretary of State John Kerry tells how he worked through the night with President Obama on the phone to secure the outlines of the deal.
Episode four begins with president Obama's decision to launch the special operation into Pakistan, to catch Osama Bin Laden. Former CIA director Leon Panetta describes how Obama decides to go ahead despite odds no better than 50:50 and the strong misgivings of top advisors. As his re-election campaign gears up, Obama has to make a tough choice on contraception - whether to side with the Catholic bishops, or health secretary Kathleen Sebelius and feminist activists. Obama chooses the women and they contribute to his convincing election victory. But soon after his re-election, America is shocked by the Sandy Hook massacre. The families of the victims and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett recall the president's attempts to strengthen gun legislation but they are defeated by the gun lobby. Obama's other ambitious reforms fared no better.
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