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'Obama Revealed': Jessica Yellin talks new CNN convention documentary
Mon Sep 3, 2012 9:49PM
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CNN will debut its documentary on President Obama on Monday and kick off the network's official coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.


CNN, along with cable news rival MSNBC, produced documentaries that precede the candidates' respective conventions. While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sat down with both networks, Obama only granted an interview to CNN. "Obama Revealed: The Man, The President," will be hosted by chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin, who has covered the president since the 2008 Iowa Caucuses.


In an interview with The Huffington Post, Yellin said her challenge in reporting the documentary was twofold. The chief White House correspondent said that she sought to give viewers a sense of Obama's leadership as president and "who he is as a man." The documentary explores how Obama tackled what many would describe as the biggest moments of his presidency, and how his handling of those situations reflected his governing style and personal character. Huffington Post




The ninety-minute documentary also includes interviews with Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and longtime personal aide Reggie Love.


Regarding his relationships with Congress or Republicans Yellin said that if anyone thinks the president is not a great transactional politician, he set the record straight in my interview, saying he's really just being a good Dad. He said the time he carves out to be with his family is often perceived, by those in the Beltway, as an unwillingness to socialize with members of Congress. Really, he said, he has prioritized time with his wife and two daughters.


Regarding the president's closest advisers Yellin said Larry Summers, Austan Goolsbee and Christina Romer all said the administration's efforts helped keep the nation out of anther Great Depression. But Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, said they felt Republicans organized against them from Day One, even during the financial crisis, something he said Democrats did not do in 2008.


Viewers can expect to watch Yellin report live primarily from the convention floor as the network covers the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Obama Revealed: The Man, The President" premieres on Monday, Sept. 3 on CNN at 8:00 p.m.




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