Most of us like Tom Hanks or at least we like some of his films.
And it’s easy to get caught up in his Obama campaign “Road We’ve Traveled” film. You can watch the film by clicking on the link below.
As I watched the film I wondered if I was hearing Tom Hanks the actor and role player being deceitful, telling us a fictional story to sway our opinions about Obama.
Or was he just Tom Hanks the actor playing the part and reading the lines in a film.
I believe he’s smarter than that.
It’s hard to imagine that any actor as successful as Hanks wouldn’t do a little research before taking on an important role in any film.
It may be that he is like the rest of us when it comes to politics and politicians.
We don’t put in the effort to find out about the issues or the people we are voting for.
As you can see from this film and many others just like it we can easily be mislead.
It seems like we are willing to believe just about anything. Especially if we think we are going to get something for nothing, and a celebrity tells us it’s ok.
A lot of what this film has to offer may be true and it’s certainly compelling but some of it is not true and it’s more than a little misleading.
Please read this excerpt from Factcheck.org and visit heir site for the full story.
• The film says, “17 million kids could no longer be denied for preëxisting conditions,” implying all of them were being denied care before the federal health care law was passed. But that’s the total number of kids who could potentially be denied coverage or charged higher premiums if they sought coverage on the individual market.
• It also implies that Obama has reined in the costs of health care premiums — which “had been rising three times the rate of inflation,” as the film says. But the law hasn’t reined in premiums, which still rose three times more than inflation last year. photo link In fact, experts say the law, which requires more generous coverage, caused some of the recent growth.
• The film suggests that Obama refused to compromise on health care. Obama did hold out for a comprehensive bill, but there was compromise along the way, including the decision to drop the “public option” that he once championed. Later, he called the law “nine-tenths of a loaf.”
• On the auto bailout, the video says automakers have “repaid their loans.” But taxpayers are still on the hook for half of the $80 billion in federal aid. It also suggests that Bush gave away $13 billion to auto companies without demanding action on their part, when, in fact, Bush required them to come up with the so-called economic viability plans by March 31, 2009. Obama then used the plans to force the companies into bankruptcy and force the restructuring of the companies.
We have to pay attention to the campaign films, ads, and actors.
Sometimes they are just talking and not really saying anything.
The director of this particular film is Davis Guggenheim, in 2006 he made a documentary about Vice President Al Gore’s fight against climate change.
He won an Academy Award for that film.
Did he make the Obama film to help the country or Davis Guggeheim.
We can’t discredit him for making the film, that’s what he does. He makes movies and documentaries for entertainment and he is apparently one of the best.
That doesn’t mean we have to swallow it hook line and sinker.
Think before you vote.