While the Trump tyranny continues to embarrass, usurp and defile it was with profound relief and satisfaction that I watched a screening of The Obama Years: The Power of Words at The National Jazz Museum in Harlem earlier this week. For that hour, at least, I could bask in the brilliance, dynamism and compassion of America’s last president and pretend that a bigoted buffoon was not currently in the Oval Office. The respite did not last long because the movie only reinforced how fortunate we were to have had such a leader as Barack Obama and how bleak the future looks now with you know who in office.
The Obama Years: The Power of Words is a much-needed look back at President Obama’s legacy as a world-class orator, writer and thinker. The film gives viewers an inside look at the defining moments of Barack’s political career through the prism of his most memorable speeches. Ably narrated by Jesse Williams, star of the hit series Grey’s Anatomy, the film also features insights from such eminent historians as Doris Kearns Goodwin and Douglas Brinkley as well as key members of Obama’s inner circle, including senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Chief Strategist David Axelrod, and speechwriters Jon Favreau and Cody Keenan.
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