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Citizens United highlights the disenchanted Obama voter

Highlighting the personal anecdotes of Democrats and Independents who voted for and subsequently soured on President Barack Obama, a new anti-Obama film is set to embolden Republican National Convention attendees, and perhaps raise some eyebrows at the Democratic National Convention.

The film, “The Hope And The Change,” is the handiwork of the conservative Citizen’s United Productions, whose 2010 case before the Supreme Court over its 2008 campaign film about Hillary Clinton lead to a rejiggering of campaign finance laws and gave rise to the era of super PACs.

This time the production group takes on Obama, hitting the president where it hurts: with his former supporters.

Showcasing the viewpoints of a diverse swath of real, battleground-state Democrats and Independents, selected from focus groups convened by Democratic pollster Pat Caddell and College of Charleston political science professor Kendra Stewart, the film details the evolution of the disenchanted Obama voter from the hope and tingles of election night to the disappointment and frustration of today.

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“It’s almost kind of a somber film, it does have anger in it. They do like the guy, it’s not about that, it’s the sense of disappointment and that is why I made the front film the way I did — every person I interviewed would talk about the amazing feeling they had when they supported him and he came [into office]. They were very proud to vote for him and incredibly proud of the country the night he was elected,” the film’s director, conservative filmmaker Steve Bannon, told The Daily Caller. He said that the year-long project highlights how the 2008 election night jubilation has largely evaporated.

Every voice in the film is a 2008 Obama voter. There is not a single Republican, tea partier, libertarian or professional talking-head among the interviewees, Bannon said.

“We were able to check their registration, their voting records, it was a very thorough process of getting [the film subjects],” said Bannon.

Bannon stressed that all the comments and reactions were unscripted.

With haunting music and the hour-long film begins with the Obama voters explaining their jubilation and hopes for the future when Obama was elected:

  • “I couldn’t help but cry.”
  • “I felt we needed a change.”
  • “I felt the energy and belief that we will do even better.”
  • “The change was going to be better jobs better income.”
  • “I was thinking this was it, we were going to have a better life”