Obama documentary maker: The only negative aspect of Obama is … Republicans

posted at 12:10 pm on March 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Allahpundit introduced you to the story of the Obama campaign documentary — allow CNN’s Piers Morgan to introduce you to its producer, documentarian Davis Guggenheim. Morgan fillets Guggenheim after the filmmaker insists that he found no negatives at all about Barack Obama, and that the only negative aspect of Obama’s term as President comes from … his opposition. No, seriously:

Daniel Halper has a partial transcript, but I want to complete it, bolding the part where Guggenheim gets stumped on Obama’s negatives:

Piers Morgan: “Most documentary makers balance these movies with the negative as well as the positive. What are the negatives in your movie about Barack Obama?

Davis Guggenheim: “Well, I mean the negative for me was, there were too many accomplishments. I had 17 minutes to put them all in there.”

Piers Morgan: “Oh, come off it! You can’t say that with a straight face. Come on.”

Davis Guggenheim: “I’m looking at you right now with a straight face.”

Piers Morgan: “The only negativity about Barack Obama is there are too many positives?”

Davis Guggenheim: “That was the negative — excuse me, that was the negative for me.”

Piers Morgan: “Oh.”

Davis Guggenheim: The challenge for me is, I wanted to put more in there.  I did.

Piers Morgan: But are there any negatives in there?

Davis Guggenheim: [pause] I think there are negatives in the sense that, the challenges when you’re trying to pass health care in a really toxic environment, in terms of the opposition he’s had, the political climate in Washington. I think that’s — Time and time again you hear that from  people who work closely with him.  He says, you know — they — he really ran hoping to change the political climate in Washington, and that hasn’t changed, and he, you know, he’s wanted to bring people together, he’s wanted to compromise, he’s wanted, you know, to bring people together to make decisions, I say that in the movie, and he hasn’t had another side working with him.

Piers Morgan: “But where do you find fault in him, personally?”

Davis Guggenheim: “I — you know, I don’t. I don’t, frankly.”

Piers Morgan: “He’s a perfect human being?”

Davis Guggenheim: “Well, no. but I’m really quite in awe of him, as a leader, and the choices he’s made.”

Piers Morgan: “I mean, I’m only asking because you are a well-known documentary maker, and this would be the first movie, I guess, you’ve made where it’s all completely positive. And even you personally don’t see any negative at all in the guy. Do you think you were the right guy to make this? I mean, are you dispassionate enough to make a Barack Obama video?”

Davis Guggenheim: “But, Piers, you haven’t seen the movie. You’ve only seen the trailer.”

Piers Morgan: “Well, I’ve asked you to list all the negatives and you said the only negative was you couldn’t put enough positives in.”

Davis Guggenheim: “Well, that’s true. That’s true.”

Awww … the only negative Guggenheim could find was that Obama couldn’t charm people out of their political principles.  This looks like a great way to spend 17 minutes, although if you really want a tongue bath of this magnitude, all you have to do is turn on MSNBC during their prime-time programming.  You get a lot more than 17 minutes of this kind of hero-worship there.

Morgan skewers Guggenheim at the end:

Piers Morgan: How much did it cost, and who paid?

Davis Guggenheim: Well, I’ll let the campaign tell you that. I, you know, I took a pay cut to make this. But, you know, the — again, I make movies –

Piers Morgan: I’m surprised you weren’t paying him, by the sound of it.  For the sheer honor and joy.

Well, this is a campaign advertisement, so it’s not like Team Obama would let Guggenheim include data points like the mirage of shovel-ready jobs, Operation Fast and Furious, or Solyndra, just to name a few items off the top of my head.  Still, I wish Guggenheim well and hope that he wins a much-deserved Riefenstahl Award for his efforts.  Morgan deserves an Emmy for that humorous dismantling of a guest, but I suspect he won’t get a nomination for that segment.

Update: I didn’t recall that Guggenheim won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, but Jake Tapper did — and he points out a few more inconvenient truths that Guggenheim almost certainly leaves out of his “documentary.”

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Cocaine is a helluva drug.

blatantblue on March 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

I can’t believe this wacko made the amazing Waiting for Superman.

KingGold on March 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Wonder if Piers got blowback over that rotten interview with Michele Bachmann.

Either way…I’ll give him points for this one. It’s pretty golden.

MadisonConservative on March 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

I’m thinking this guy got a lot of wedgies in high school.

Probably in college too.

CurtZHP on March 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Cult of personality.

Rebar on March 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

he’s wanted to bring people together, he’s wanted to compromise,

Obama’s idea of compromise – “I won.”

crazy_legs on March 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Has Reggie Love’s position been filled yet?

slickwillie2001 on March 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

I can’t believe this wacko made the amazing Waiting for Superman.

KingGold on March 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

OMG WTF!??!?1

YOU’RE RIGHT!

I TOTALLY DIDN’T REALIZE.

Holy. Crap.

blatantblue on March 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Davis Guggenheim: “Well, no. but I’m really quite in awe of him, as a leader, and the choices he’s made.”

Then you, sir, are one dumb mother fornicator.

Long haired country boy on March 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Piers Morgan: “But where do you find fault in him, personally?”
Davis Guggenheim: “I — you know, I don’t. I don’t, frankly.”

After all, god is perfect.

dirtseller on March 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

When you’ve lost Piers Morgan…

RadClown on March 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

There should be a Leni Riefenstahl lifetime achievement award for excellence in propaganda film making.

NotCoach on March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

That guy made Piers Morgan look like a conservative talk radio guy.

Seriously, was this some kin of put-on, or is that clown for real?

forest on March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Anyone who says “you know” that many times in a one minute span is desperately trying to get you to substitute your knowledge for their obvious lack of same.

Lost in Jersey on March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Has Reggie Love’s position been filled yet?

slickwillie2001 on March 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

/spit take

dirtseller on March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I’m thinking this guy got a lot of wedgies in high school.

Probably in college too.

CurtZHP on March 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Atomic, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs6-m8huZ7w

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Reading that interview was like riding through Disney’s “It’s a Small World”.

lhuffman34 on March 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Self Inflicted Relativism leading to Political Correctness is destroying the Western world.

kirkill on March 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Sorry that tagline is vomit inducing

Bleh

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

If liberals were the sort to buy trailer hitches, Davis Guggenheim would be just the fellow to suck the chrome off of them.

My Sharia Moor on March 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I’m really quite in awe of him

Gag!

There isn’t a human being alive that would be worthy of that kind of “up your a$$” thinking. Good grief!

glennbo on March 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

A good solid B+ upgraded to A+!!!

VinceOfDoom on March 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I can’t believe this wacko made the amazing Waiting for Superman.

KingGold on March 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Ken Burns made The Civil War. Still a nitwit.

And if anyone actually claims Morgan Spurlock is worth a damn, I challenge them now.

MadisonConservative on March 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Next thing we know, he’ll be making a documentary about the Flucking of Sandra Fluck…

lovingmyUSA on March 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Someone get that guy a napkin.

SAMinVA on March 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Chris Plante’s WMAL/105.9 FM morning show had a ball for almost an hour tearing this Leni Reiffensthal wannabe’s work a new poop chute.

It’s never a good thing when the socialist, sycophant klutz doing the interview doesn’t believe who he’s interviewing.

Why do I get the warm, fuzzy feeling this is going to fail in an epic way? Couldn’t be happier.

Not a smart move from Tom Hanks for his narration, either.

Jack Deth on March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Piers Morgan is a leftist who was fired in disgrace from the Daily Mirror for knowingly printing one too many whopping lies, and even he finds this a bit much?

Oy vey.

CorporatePiggy on March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Atomic, right?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs6-m8huZ7w

Del Dolemonte on March 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Any other would just be a waste of cotton.

CurtZHP on March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Ummmmm he passed obamacare under a total dem controlled congress

Doofus

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Yes Obama tried so hard to change Washington. I WON.

ctmom on March 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Wow..someone dumber than liberal4life…or is that liberal4life?

HumpBot Salvation on March 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

You know

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Piers Morgan: I’m surprised you weren’t paying him, by the sound of it. For the sheer honor and joy.

Love that Brit sense of humor. Piers can be an uber-douche, but he also has his moments.

angryed on March 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Wasn’t this guy in The Breakfast Club?

Hey! Hey! Hey! Heeeeey!!!

Dongemaharu on March 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I gained a smidgen of respect for Piers today.

kirkill on March 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Kinda fun. Not as much as watching Soledad O’Brien self detonate,..but, still,…

a capella on March 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

This

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Morgan: So what did you find to be negative about President Obama?

Guggenheim: Nothing. I inserted my head, saw what might have been a polyp and nothing else.

TugboatPhil on March 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Geez, it must’ve been tough drinking that 50 gallon drum of Kool Aid.

plumorchard on March 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

What a total Arse clown.

Guggenheim’s laughably naive panty-waisted liberal fanboy attitude toward Obama is genuinely reflective of the endemic white male liberal variety of delusional thinking. Sigh…

Ozmondias on March 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

You know, you know, uh, you know, you know…

No wonder he loves Barrack. They have the same speech pattern.

angryed on March 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Speaking truth Sucking up to power!

Valkyriepundit on March 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Hadn’t realized we are THIS close to Kim Jung Obama…..

Sir Napsalot on March 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

“He’s a perfect human being?”

NO, to his minions he’s a god.

Kudos go to the most unexpected quarters.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Why is there a picture of Janeane Garofalo on this story?

pedestrian on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Nice that Guggenheim has found a new religion finally…now that CAGW is proven false.

kirkill on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

OT. I just cancelled HBO with Direct TV and they told me they were getting a lot of calls doing the same. It only saved me $3 a month on a $159 monthly package but it felt great.

Bacon4allah on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

SNORT

gophergirl on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Pravda, Machiavelli, Muenchhausen, Orwell and Pinocchio all rejoice.

The times are surreal and very dangerous.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Name and face matches the stereotypical liberal politician-jocksniffer, 4sh0.

Jeddite on March 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Pssst, Davis! Get a one-way ticket to one-party rule in NorKo.

Thanks.

Resist We Much on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

It’s a campaign ad, what was he supposed to say?

I was expecting, “he gives people to much credit” or something equally contrived.

It’s not like this is airing on 60 minutes or something.

The real issue would be why cnn thought he worthy of being a guest.

Saint Brietbart would have know who to attack in this article.

freshface on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

77% of the people, as of yesterday, say they will vote in Nov. based on gasoline prices.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Awww…it’s a love story.

d1carter on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Someone get that guy a napkin.

SAMinVA on March 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Or a bib if you get my drift.

docflash on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Why is there a picture of Janeane Garofalo on this story?

pedestrian on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

If I had to choose between Janeane and this guy…..

CurtZHP on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Dear Mr. Guggenheim,

Intercourse unto you and the horse (cough, cough) you rode in on.

AubieJon on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I’m really quite in awe of him

Awecumentary.

votermom on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

freshface, you are a real dummy.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Worship him…

CycloneCDB on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Another metrosexual with “leg-tingle” and “crease-in-pants” syndrome! Obamacare doctors, code red, STAT!

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I’m really quite in awe of him

Great attitude for a documentary maker
/sarc

tom on March 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

It’s like watching that Television show Fringe, the democrats are in an alternate universe

Kini on March 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Proof right here how successful CNN c/b if they were more balanced.

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The KOOL_AID is Flowing once again!!!

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

I’m really quite in awe of him

Good, you can pay the eventual $8.00/gallon tithe toward your lord and master. I’m voting the a$$wipe out.

This guy really has extremely low standards (if any).

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Does the documentary show PBHO hitting 4 aces in a row on the front nine of a par 5 course using only a sand wedge?

Bishop on March 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

If Obama turns a corner too fast he’ll snap this guys neck.

darwin on March 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Is that something on his chin?

Sharke on March 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

In awe? You are an idiot, sir….

chai on March 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

OT. I just cancelled HBO with Direct TV and they told me they were getting a lot of calls doing the same. It only saved me $3 a month on a $159 monthly package but it felt great.

Bacon4allah on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I used to have the “give me every channel you got” package and it was something insane like $160, 170 + tax. I realized I watch maybe 10 channels on a regular basis. Now I have the basic $30 package, I still watch the same 10 channels.

angryed on March 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I wonder if Piers is going to be arrested when he returns to the UK for his part in the hacking scandal..?

d1carter on March 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I hate to say this but it is a campaign documentary (which is an oxymoron.)
Why would this tool put anything negative in a “campaign documentary?” Geez I have trouble putting those two words together with a straight face.
I’ll give Piers some credit for this interview. I think he has the same problem that I do, understanding the newer concept of documentaries. Thanks to people like Mikey Moore, documentaries are now nothing more than propoganda posing as truth. They should simply be called movies or short films or commercials. They are not true documentaries.

Deanna on March 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Next thing we know, he’ll be making a documentary about the Flucking of Sandra Fluck…

lovingmyUSA on March 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

My wife is ‘of an ethnicity’ that has difficulty pronouncing ‘L’s.

Funny, huh.

Tsar of Earth on March 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

I find the liberal need to create “gods” out of their political leaders extremely creepy. For the record, I also find the Ronald Reagan worship creepy too. Politicians are short-term thinkers and opportunists. I distrust all of them, but most especially liberal ones.

This dude is creepy x 10!

JAM on March 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

This clown should get an award for bull sh!t. What are they smoking in hollyweird these days? Not grass – must be horse sh!t.

rjulio on March 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Does the documentary show PBHO hitting 4 aces in a row on the front nine of a par 5 course using only a sand wedge?

Bishop on March 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

He doesn’t even need to hit the ball. He just thinks of a hole in one and the ball flies into the cup on its own.

THAT’S how amazing he is.

angryed on March 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Why is there a picture of Janeane Garofalo on this story?

pedestrian on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Maybe they’re one and the same.

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Morgan fillets Guggenheim after the filmmaker insists that he found no negatives at all about Barack Obama,

WTF are his Positives?

[I won’t count his part in the War on liberty as a positive, BTW]

Chip on March 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Piers Morgan: How did President Obowma taste?

Davis Guggenheim: Well, I’ll tell ‘ya… It was delicious, if you like that sort of thing

.

/

Seven Percent Solution on March 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I find the liberal need to create “gods” out of their political leaders extremely creepy. For the record, I also find the Ronald Reagan worship creepy too. Politicians are short-term thinkers and opportunists. I distrust all of them, but most especially liberal ones.

This dude is creepy x 10!

JAM on March 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Ask 1000 conservative if Reagan was a perfect human being and 1000 of them will laugh in your face. Ask 1000 libs about Obama, 800 will say yes.

angryed on March 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Schadenfreude on March 9, 2012 at 12:25 PM

soledad wont be talking about that one

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Well at least he knows what Obama’s nuts taste like.

echosyst on March 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

And what’s that stain on his jacket?

rjulio on March 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

watch tingles have him on his show later today…

the thrill!

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Chris Plante’s WMAL/105.9 FM morning show had a ball for almost an hour tearing this Leni Reiffensthal wannabe’s work a new poop chute.

It’s never a good thing when the socialist, sycophant klutz doing the interview doesn’t believe who he’s interviewing.

Why do I get the warm, fuzzy feeling this is going to fail in an epic way? Couldn’t be happier.

Not a smart move from Tom Hanks for his narration, either.

Jack Deth on March 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Wow, I gotta check out that podcast for sure.

22044 on March 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

When this comes out it should be called the Hanks Obama sex tape.

freedomplow on March 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Bacon4allah on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

good for you!

cmsinaz on March 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Davis Guggenheim: “Well, I mean the negative for me was, there were too many accomplishments. I had 17 minutes to put them all in there.”

Oh, I’m sure Guggenheim could have squeezed every Obama bow and apology in 17 minutes if he really tried!

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

OT bombshell:

the economy added 227,000 new jobs (286,000 of those were 2nd and 3rd jobs by the same people)

faraway on March 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The real issue would be why cnn thought he worthy of being a guest.

Saint Brietbart would have know who to attack in this article.

freshface on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Well I was agreeing with you up to this point. The term documentary in this case is a farce, it’s a campaign commercial. But CNN isn’t to wrong. The guy is a news item and Piers actually did pretty well. The only thing to attck here is the use of the word “documentary.”

Deanna on March 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

O/T,speaking of Loony-Tic thinking,and Regulators!!

State investigation concludes deep injection well caused northeast Ohio earthquakes

Submitted 1 hour ago from http://www.denverpost.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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Ohio: Gas-drilling injection well led to quakes

Posted: 03/09/2012 08:55:39 AM MST
March 9, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
Updated: 03/09/2012 10:27:16 AM
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COLUMBUS, Ohio—A dozen earthquakes in northeastern Ohio were almost certainly induced by injection of gas-drilling wastewater into the earth, state regulators said Friday as they announced a series of tough new rules for drillers.

Among the new regulations:
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http://www.denverpost.com/dontmiss/ci_20138267/apnewsbreak-oh-finds-injection-well-caused-quakes

canopfor on March 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Once again, if a Republican president made a mock-worthy film like this, the Obamamedia would be excoriating him, both for its stunning dishonesty, as well as its reminiscence to Nazi-era propaganda.

Rational Thought on March 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Here you’ll find a better documentary with all the negatives:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6jeNp9IagQ&feature=player_embedded

iggya on March 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Ask 1000 libs about Obama, 800 1200 will say yes.

angryed on March 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Sorry to correct you but you forgot to include the dead libs. You know, the ones who vote every election. ;-)

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Why is there a picture of Janeane Garofalo on this story?

pedestrian on March 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

snort.

Lost in Jersey on March 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Too bad about Tom Hanks too. WTH :(

bluealice on March 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

freshface on March 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

translated fishface: “I gotta say something stupidly contrarian-it’s my job”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

What’s with these Hollywood weirds. It’s almost like some cosmic ray was beamed down to mesmerize them into Obamabots.A lot of the public seems to be under some sort of spell…

sandee on March 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

With praise like this, Guggenheim should be wearing a blue dress with a stain on it.

Kingfisher on March 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

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