“The Hope and The Change” and “Occupy Unmasked” Film Screening at DNC Thursday

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Back on August 22, 2012 we posted the trailer for The Hope & The Change, a documentary produced by Citizens United, that has subsequently received widespread media attention after its premier at the RNC last week.  This week it will be showing at the DNC in Charlotte. The film gives a window into the thoughts and feelings of 40 Obama ‘08 voters who wholeheartedly invested in Obama’s promise of hope & change but never cashed in on that promise.  Instead they find themselves in a nation that is today more divided and worse off economically than it was four years ago. And the promised hope and change? These disillusioned voters say “we haven’t seen it.”

The screening will take place on Thursday, September 6th at 3pm at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Moorehead St., Charlotte, NC. in conjunction with Libertystock 

The Hope and The Change: Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was a cathartic moment in American history that promised the electorate “Hope” and “Change.”  Citizens United Productions’ latest film, The Hope and The Change, examines the journey of forty Americans – Democrats and Independents – who supported and voted for President Obama four years ago.

What people are saying about the film:

“Through the course of the film, the subjects tell how their hope turned to disappointment, as the economy floundered and Obama focused on health-care reform and presided over an explosion in government spending. ‘It actually is a feeling that I would best describe as resentment,’ said one of the disillusioned…‘As I looked at that film, I understand why Chicago’—the Obama campaign— ‘never goes back to reminding people what they felt in 2008,’ says [Pat] Caddell. ‘Politically, this speaks to what really is the Obama crisis.’ – Peter Boyer, Newsweek, 8/21/1

“A common refrain is that the president seems to be in over his head, and way too eager for the trappings of celebrity. Many lament that the candidate who promised to be the nation’s great healer has increased the level of rancor poisoning American life. What comes through most clearly, however, is the empty feeling of disappointment: ‘I voted for a change,’ says a Pittsburgh voter, ‘but really — nothing happened.’” – Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 8/29/12

“If you care about the 2012 election and value the voices of regular Americans who lost hope in their hope and change candidate, this is one documentary you won’t want to miss.” – Jedediah Bila on FoxNews.com, 8/28/12

“When the media didn’t do its job in 2008, and perhaps some voters also willingly let themselves be fooled, the majority of Americans did indeed grab for the “hope” offered by Obama’s vapid slogan. Citizens United has rounded up a host of these former Obama voters who really regret the ballot choice they made in 2008. The interviews with them provide a very practical, real-world grounding for the sometimes hyper-theoretical themes of the other two movies.” – Quinn Hillyer, American Spectator, 8/29/12

“The film is at its best when it dredges up the kind of clips that Obama’s 2012 campaign would rather everyone forget. This film is a pointed reminder of just how much candidate Obama promised—and how much he has failed to deliver….’It’s almost like an Ancient Greek tragedy,’ director Steve Bannon says. ‘It’s the classic hero’s fall.’” – Weekly Standard, 8/28/12

“The film walks through the big issues the Obama administration has attempted to tackle, from the auto bailout to the stimulus, Obama’s foreign policy to the Affordable Care Act, Obama’s celebrity reputation to the economy and rising gasoline prices. The film also touches on some aspects of the racial division that the filmmakers argue has been partially inflamed by the White House… ‘I think the legacy of Barack Obama is going to be he made a lot of promises, got into office,’ says one interviewee, ‘and couldn’t fulfill them.’ The film concludes with the final question posed by another interviewee, ‘Can we go through another 4 years of this?’” – Daily Caller, 8/23/12

Occupy Unmasked: While the liberal establishment and mainstream media portray the Occupy Wall Street movement as organic and nonviolent, Occupy Unmasked reveals the sinister, organized, and highly orchestrated nature of its leaders and their number one goal: Not just to change government, but to destroy it.


  1. Phillip Wynn

    Sep 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    The description here of the film “Occupy Unmasked” make it clearly, sight unseen, an unintentionally hilarious — certainly hysterical — example of political paranoia and irrationality (what in less polite circles is called “crazy talk”). Those of us involved in the Occupy movement, including myself, can’t recognize ourselves in this portrait, I guess because it isn’t true. I’m laughing even more at the cognitive dissonance on display with those who were sure Occupy was some kind of Democratic/Obama stalking horse, but are now hard put to explain the protests at the Democratic Convention. If I could pound one thing into your tin foil hat heads, it would be this: It’s not a question of left vs. right, but of up vs. down. A second thing I would pound into your heads is that you can’t on the one hand decry big government, but on the other hand make all kinds of excuses for big business, and especially deny that there’s any need for regulation. Second point to get through your heads: There’s not a revolving door between big government and big business. There isn’t any door. They’re one and the same thing. You can’t be against one, without being against the other. All Republican craziness does is make people buy the Democratic bs of “We’re not as bad as the other guy.” Stop listening to this left vs. right propaganda. Get it out of your heads. It’s up vs. down.

    • Steven Foley

      Sep 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

      I love that, to you, the truth about your ridiculous “manufactured” movement is somehow “tin foil hat.”

      The disreputable, crime-ridden, far left Occupy Wall Street movement is not a political movement… it’s a crime wave!!! The truth about the organizations that manufactured this movement are well documented and many.

      Your projections, as to what we Conservatives and or Republicans think or believe is laughable and irrelevant.

      Your credibility here was shot with this this statement “Those of us involved in the Occupy movement, including myself”

      • Phillip Wynn

        Sep 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        OK, if my projections were wrong, correct me, please. But as to the film, it’s paranoic crap. I appreciate your anger is at high boil against me, the Occupy “crime wave,” whatever. But this is a lot of misdirected rage. Is my projection that you hate big government wrong? How about the idea that Occupy people LIKE big government? That, too, is wrong. There’s no difference between big government and big business. There’s no revolving door between them … there is no door. Get this left vs. right thing out of your head. It’s up vs. down. Our “betters” laugh at us when we fight each other like this, pointlessly. Do I include Obama among our “betters”? You bet I do. Romney’s there too. The whole Washington lot of them is. Never before has there been this level of partisan violence, except perhaps 1861. And never before has there been less of a real difference between the Democratic and the Republican parties.