The Choice 2012

October 9, 2012

A journey into the places, people, and decisive moments that made the men who are competing for the presidency.

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The Artifacts of Character

A series of rarely seen documents, photos, speeches and other objects that pinpoint seminal moments for President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Sneak Preview: The First 10 Minutes of “The Choice 2012″

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have spent years crafting their campaign narratives. Tonight, FRONTLINE takes you behind the slogans and behind the spin to present definitive portraits of the two men competing to lead this country.

Paths to Power: Obama/Romney Artifacts Discussion Week 3

We released six more “Artifacts of Character” this week, looking back at Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s paths to power and public identities. Now, a small group of the country’s leading journalists covering the candidates weigh in on this week’s artifacts.

Artifact 14: A Governor’s Legacy

Mitt Romney’s official gubernatorial portrait depicts him casually perched on a desk next to two objects: a photo of his beloved wife Ann and a bound copy of the 2006 health care reform law that was his crown policy achievement while in office.

Artifact 13: Portrait of a Future President

As a state senator, Obama hung two pictures in his Springfield office that said a lot about the man he was, and who he wanted to become.

Artifact 12: Letters From Romney’s Mission to France

At age 19, Mitt Romney set out for France to begin 30 months of missionary work for the Mormon church. Each day, he would wake at 6 a.m., eat breakfast, study his bible, and then go door-to-door looking to win over converts.

Artifact 11: Obama’s Early Impressions of Chicago

In this rarely seen letter, written while he was a community organizer in Chicago, Obama is still very much the writer, scribbling eloquent descriptions of his new hometown on yellow legal paper.

Artifact 10: Mitt Romney’s Olympic Pins

By 1999, following a crushing defeat in his bid to take the Senate seat of Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) almost five years earlier, Mitt Romney felt he had only one option left to remain in public life: becoming the CEO of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games.

Artifact Nine: Obama’s Big Political Play

Obama learned from his first big loss to Bobby Rush. Before he launched his next political campaign, he engaged in some political maneuvering that would allow him to run for, and win, a seat in the U.S. Senate.

Lessons & Losses: A Discussion of Week Two’s Artifacts

We released four more “Artifacts of Character” this week, looking back at Mitt Romney and Barack Obama’s early debates — and losses, and at the lessons they taught others. Now, a small group of the country’s leading journalists covering the candidates weigh in on this week’s artifacts.

Artifact Eight: Romney Takes On Kennedy

Time was running out for Mitt Romney on Oct. 25, 1994. With Election Day fast approaching, a once-close Senate race seemed to be slipping away.

Artifact Seven: Obama’s First Big Loss

He may be a skilled orator now, but Obama’s performance in some of his early debates wasn’t so impressive.

Artifact Six: Mitt Romney on the “Businesses” of Life

In a 1978 talk at Harvard Business School, Mitt Romney aimed to teach young Mormon students how lessons from the business world can also apply to personal pursuits, and a path to self-improvement.

Artifact Five: In the Classroom with Professor Obama

Notes from a former student in Obama’s constitutional law class at the University of Chicago reveal an energetic, nuanced thinker.

Obama/Romney “Artifacts of Character” Discussion – Week 1

Join a group of the country’s leading journalists covering the presidential candidates for a discussion of this week’s “Artifacts of Character,” beginning at approximately 11:30 am.

Artifact Four: When Mitt Romney Bet on Staples (Video)

In the lead-up to The Choice 2012, FRONTLINE’s hotly anticipated dual biography of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, we’re publishing … Continue reading

Artifact Three: Listen to Obama Make the Case for Activism

Obama had long been passionate about making a difference, helping others.

New Full-Length Trailer: “The Choice 2012”

Come Nov. 6, voters are going to have two very different candidates to choose from in Barack Obama and Mitt … Continue reading

Artifact Two: Mitt Romney Protesting the Protesters

At Stanford, Mitt Romney took an early step toward establishing his political identity.

Artifact One: Barack Obama’s Early Poetry

As a sophomore at Occidental College, Barry Obama began to develop his identity as a writer.

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