Director of Obama ad couldn't find negative to put in 'documentary'

The director of a new 17-minute campaign advertisement that President Obamas reelection campaign has described as a documentary said Thursday night he couldnt find a negative side of the presidents first term to put in the new film.

“The negative for me was there were too many accomplishments, Davis Guggenheim told CNNs Piers Morgan. I had 17 minutes to put them all in there.


Morgan pressed Guggenheim, who admitted to being in awe of Obama, on whether the film would be balanced. Guggenheim also admitted to taking a pay cut to make the movie.

I think there are negatives in the sense that, the challenges when youre trying to pass healthcare in a really toxic environment, theyre negatives in terms of the opposition hes had, in terms of the political climate in Washington, he said. Hes wanted to bring people together, hes wanted to compromise, hes wanted to bring people together to make tough decisions — I say that in the movie. And he hasnt had another side working with him.

Mitt Romney, speaking at a campaign event Friday, scoffed at the new infomercial and the directors interview the previous night.

I have some suggestions for the president and for the producer, he said. First of all, talk to the 24 million Americans that are out of work or underemployed in this country.

Guggenheim directed a 30-minute campaign video for Obama in 2008, as well as Al Gores Oscar-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth. The trailer for the 17-minute pro-Obama film, narrated by actor Tom Hanks, was released by the campaign earlier this week. The film, called “The Road Weve Traveled,” will screen for supporters at various campaign events.