Thursday, January 17, 2013
PBS Frontline: "Inside Obama's Presidency"
On Tuesday, January 15, PBS Frontiline broadcast “Inside Obama’s Presidency”.
The one hour documentary gave the impression that Obama’s “reign” has come a long way from the early days of dealing with the bailouts and the Financial Crisis of 2008, into having to deal with the debt ceiling crisis of 2011 (and again in 2013) and the fiscal cliff. The idea that the debt ceiling would be challenged so soon after a major financial crisis is made to look improbable. The technicalities of the debt ceiling crisis, however, are not explained. I think the details of this problem and how it would really be handled if it happens would make a good Frontline program itself.
The film also shows how he passed health care reform (“Obamacare”) with zero Republican votes in the House. This was the “must” achievement of his presidency.
And Obama took over the war on terror, promising to slowly disengage, but sill pursuing “Obama’s War”:, as Bob Woodward calls it, leading to the raid to take out Osama bin Laden.
There will be a sequel documentary on the plans for the second term.