The Choice is an absorbing documentary about the 2008 election available on PBS’s Web site. I wasn’t able to sleep the other night and wound up watching the whole thing. It tells the life story of the two candidates and recounts their paths to their respective nominations. McCain comes off as a sympathetic figure on an individual level, albeit one who has had to make compromises with the religious right in order to please his party. The material on Obama is especially interesting. It describes his experiences as both a community organizer in Chicago, “the capital of black America,” and as president of the Harvard Law Review. A former editor of the Review who went on to become White House counsel describes the political battles inside the law journal as more nasty and vicious than anything in Washington. Obama, however, managed to unite the fractious staff, which we can hope is a sign of things to come should he win the presidency.
A bunch of other PBS documentaries, including several about Bush and Iraq, are available here.