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15 March 2016

An authoritative account of Obama's successes and failures as told by his inner circle

For millions of people, the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama marked a new era of hope. The energetic young President was eager to end the war in Iraq, close Guantanamo, fight climate change, and provide healthcare for all.

What happened instead was the worst economic collapse in living memory, minimal cooperation from the Republican opposition, and the rise of a populist anti-big-government Tea Party.

This four-part series, made by Brook Lapping for BBC Two, is an authoritative account of Obama’s successes and failures as told by his inner circle, including: David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Eric Holder, John Kerry, Robert Gates, Tim Geithner and Larry Summers – and his chief adversaries.

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