HISTORY to air candid new interview with President Obama on presidency
President Obama will recount his successes, failures and struggles during his time in office in a candid new interview set to be aired on HISTORY.
The interviews, conducted both before and after the 2016 Presidential election that saw Donald Trump claim victory, are described as the “most comprehensive one-on-one television interview in office conducted”.
Barack Obama became the first Democrat president in eight years in 2009, after winning the presidency on the back of an election campaign using the slogan “Change We Can Believe In”. During his tenure, he dealt with the economic crisis, ended US military involvement in Iraq and created the controversial health care act termed ‘Obamacare’.
Over two hours, Obama will discuss his election campaign, inauguration as 44th president of the United States, popular and unpopular policies while in power and the many challenges that he has faced along the way. The special interviews will delve more carefully into the legacy of President Obama than any before it.
The special, titled President Obama: In His Own Words, will also include interviews with members of President Obama’s staff, Congress and press. Amongst those featured are Vice President Joe Biden; Secretary of State John Kerry; Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner; Attorney General Eric Holder; National Security Advisor Amb. Susan Rice; Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Senior Advisor Valerie Jarett; Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes; former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel; former Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid; Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.