The year 2008 flashes across the screen followed by a series of grim images from that year: People waiting in line with pained looks, maps of homes being foreclosed and news footage from the stock market crash. The date 2008 stays in the corner of the screen as each image is shown, emphasizing that the nation’s economic tumult started before President Barack Obama took office.
After a scene at Obama’s inauguration, the images turn positive. The narrator notes the recovery of the auto industry and the raid that killed terrorist Osama bin Laden. As the narrator talks about Obama ending the Iraq war, a young girl rushes into the waiting arms of her father dressed in military fatigues. A graph showing job growth during Obama’s tenure is shown as the narrator says, “Instead of losing jobs, we’re creating them, over 4.2 million so far.”
“We’re not there yet. It’s still too hard for too many,” the narrator concludes. “But we’re coming back, because America’s greatness comes from a strong middle class. Because you don’t quit, and neither does he.”