For millions of Americans, the election of President Obama, the first African American president, marked a new era of hope. His rise to the Oval Office aroused worldwide enthusiasm, but the newly appointed President found the change he promised was harder to come by than he anticipated. He immediately faced economic crisis, entrenched political opposition and two inherited wars. Now serving his final term, President Obama faces the reality of a narrowing timeframe and mounting political questions that could have a profound impact on the U.S. judiciary, nuclear proliferation, and the spate of terrorism in Europe
and around the world.
In four episodes, the documentary covers the economic crisis of 2008 and President Obama’s first 100 days in office; the healthcare battle and the rise of the Tea Party movement; the crisis in the Middle East and finally, the contentious domestic issues Obama faced during his Presidency – race, gun control and immigration. In-depth interviews reveal what happened inside the room where the President wrestled with momentous decisions including how to repair the world economy, which side to back as the Arab Spring erupted, and how to achieve ground-breaking healthcare reform despite opposition from Republicans.
"We’re proud to present this in-depth account of the Obama White House, featuring an exclusive interview with the President himself, talking about the issues he and his Administration faced, goals he achieved and the legacy he will leave," said Kathy Slobogin
"The Limits of Hope" was directed by Paul Mitchell, Sarah Wallis, Delphine Jaudeau, and Mick Gold. Norma Percy is the series producer and Brian Lapping and Paul Mitchell are executive producers. The docu-series is narrated by former White House correspondent and CNN Washington Bureau Chief Frank Sesno.