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Inside Obama’s White House: The Arc of History

17 May 2016 - 18:00 to 19:30

Chatham House London, UK


Mick Gold, Producer and Director, Episode 4, Inside Obama's White House: The Arc of History, BBC Two
Paul Mitchell, Executive Producer, Inside Obama's White House, BBC Two
Norma Percy, Series Producer, Inside Obama's White House, BBC Two



As part of our new Screening Room series, Chatham House will host a screening of the last episode of the BBC Two series Inside Obama’s White House. This will be followed by a Q&A session with series producer Norma Percy, executive producer Paul Mitchell and episode 4 director, Mick Gold. There will be a drinks reception afterwards where members will have the opportunity to continue the discussion.

The last of the four-part series starts with Obama's decision to launch the special operation into Pakistan to catch Osama Bin Laden. Former CIA director Leon Panetta describes how Obama decides to go ahead despite odds no better than 50:50 and the strong misgivings of top advisers.

The documentary goes on to explore how Obama was re-elected for a second term and tried to tackle America’s most intractable social problems – guns, immigration and race.

The documentary, which took three years to make, is comprised of previously unseen archive footage from the White House and interviews with key figures within the administration and the president himself.  

Programme running time: 60 minutes

This event will be followed by a reception.