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By the People: The Election of Barack Obama (2009)

116 min | Documentary

Nearly a year before Barack Obama announced his candidacy for the presidency, two filmmakers began to roll cameras on the young senator. Over the next 19 months, across the USA, the daily events of the presidential campaign are chronicled.
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Aug 7, 2009 (United States)

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Barack Obama
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Neil Abercrombie
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Dick Armey
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David Axelrod
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Jill Biden
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Joe Biden
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Ronnie Cho
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Hillary Clinton
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Jennifer Donahue
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Ann Dunham
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Robert Gibbs
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Jane Hall
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Carol Harwell
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John McCain
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Konrad Ng
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Barack Obama Sr.
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Malia Obama
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Michelle Obama
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Lynn Sweet
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Jake Tapper
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Paul Tewes
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5.9 / 10 | 955 votes