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Obama campaign unveils full 17-minute documentary-style film

The Obama campaign has released the full 17-minute documentary-style video about the president’s first three years in office that we reported on last week.

Directed by Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim, “The Road We’ve Traveled” uses interviews with current and former administration aides and former president Bill Clinton to detail what the White House sees as President Obama’s top achievements. Those include rescuing the auto industry from collapse, passing health care reform, ending the Iraq war and overseeing the killing of Osama bin Laden.

On his feelings after U.S. Special Forces found and shot bin Laden, Obama says in the film: “I didn’t have a lot of feelings because our guys were still in that compound. It wasn’t until they crossed the border and everyone was safe, everyone was accounted for, including the dog, I allowed for some satisfaction.”

Obama’s mention of the dog could be a small jibe at GOP presidential front runner Mitt Romney, who has been criticized for having once strapped a family dog to the roof of his car for a trip.

The film also mentions the first bill Obama got passed by Congress which provided women equal pay for equal work in government jobs.

The campaign is unveiling the film, which is narrated by actor Tom Hanks, at 300 watch parties with supporters across the country.

“Time after time we would see rewards for decisions he had made,” Hanks says. “So when we consider this president then and now, let’s remember how far we’ve come and look forward to the work still to be done.”

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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