The Final Year

The Final Year

Streaming Video - 2018
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A sweeping, insider's account of President Barack Obama's foreign policy team during their final year as they set out to define their legacy, promote diplomacy and react to the unexpected rise of Donald Trump.
Publisher: [United States] : Mongrel Media, 2018.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 89 min.)) :,sd., col.
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Mar 18, 2019

Very good. So much work, so little time. All about our country. So different from the self-interested, bloated tweeter we have now.

Oct 28, 2018

A behind-the-scenes look at Obama's senior diplomatic team—their personalities and strategies—as they balance idealism, realpolitik, and legacy in the last year. Refreshing to watch as a counterweight to the current Administration's autocratic stagnation and vulgarity. The viewer follows Secretary of State John Kerry, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Powers, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice out on the road around the world as civil servants; you also experience Obama's stamina and vulnerability. While at times there are a bit too many shots of planes leaving the tarmac, this is counterbalanced with vivid stories of success and failures, Syria especially. Powers shares that there are now over 65 million worldwide refugees, more than after WW II. It is poignant to see Powers and Rhodes as they grieve Election Night 2016, and Kerry's anger over Russia's duplicity in the attempted Syrian ceasefire. The film ends on a quietly defiant note as Obama notes that history zig zags rather than going in a straight line and to look to the younger generation.

Sep 14, 2018

His plans to shape our future in America made me upset. He caused the U.S.A. to be the Welfare payers to the world. I just hope those immigrants began to love it here and help keep us great.

Aug 13, 2018

Very interesting look at the final months of the Obama presidency with a focus on the diplomatic department. Obama pops in and out, but the camera mostly follows John Kerry, former Secretary of State, Ben Rhodes, former National Security advisor and Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the UN as they almost frantically race to get policies in place before the next administration arrives. As the film begins, they assume it will be a Clinton victory, but they begin to sweat when it becomes clearer that Trump has a chance. Watching their reactions to the Trump victory was painful (and brought back awful memories). The movie is a tad bit in thrall of Obama and his team and I wish their haloes were not so burnished, but considering what is going on now both in general and in foreign policy in particular, it's hard not to wish for what had been and wonder about what could have been if the 2016 election had ended differently.

Jul 02, 2018

Interesting and worth seeing, especially if one is interested in diplomacy and foreign affairs.

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