“The Obama Years” Documentary Slated for October 30 from Public Media Distribution

Public Media Distribution and the Smithsonian Channel have announced the upcoming release of The Obama Years: The Power of Words (DVD: $24.99), slated for October 30. Over eight years, President Obama delivered more than 3,500 speeches and statements that ranged from redefining patriotism, candidly addressing race relations, inspiring hope and healing, and turning divisive moments into an opportunity for national unification. But which are the moments that history will remember? Narrated by actor Jesse Williams, The Power of Words tells the story of Barack Obama, “writer in chief,” taking viewers inside the defining moments of his political career through the prism of six of his most memorable speeches. The program also features insights from eminent historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Douglas Brinkley, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Chief Strategist David Axelrod, Rep. John Lewis, Obama speechwriters Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan, Reagan speechwriter Clark Judge, and Smithsonian curator Harry Rubenstein of the National Museum of American History.