The three-part documentary about President Barack Obama, “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union,” premieres Tuesday, August 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
If you don’t have cable, you can watch “Obama” on HBO Max after it airs on HBO, but HBO Max no longer offers a free trial, so here are some other ways you can watch “Obama” online:
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AT&T TV has four different channel packages: “Entertainment”, “Choice”, “Ultimate” and “Premier.” HBO is only included in the “Premier” package, but right now the “Choice” and up bundles all come with HBO Max at no extra cost. Plus, you can include any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.
Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Firestick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:
Once signed up for AT&T TV, you can watch “Obama” live or on-demand on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet.
Or you can watch on your computer via the AT&T TV website.
Whether you already have Hulu or you want to sign up for a new subscription, HBO is available as an add-on to either Hulu or Hulu with Live TV. If you’re a new subscriber, you can start a free 30-day trial of regular Hulu plus the HBO add-on:
Once signed up, you can watch “Obama” live or on-demand on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet.
Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.
‘Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union’ Preview
This new three-part documentary from HBO chronicles “a president’s journey and the challenges of building a more inclusive America … as the country grapples with its racial history,” according to the HBO press release.
Weaving together conversations with colleagues, friends and critics, and interspersed with his own speeches and news interviews, the series begins with Obama’s childhood and takes us through his perspective as the son of a white mother from Kansas and an African father, his spiritual formation by a generation of Black leaders, and his hopes for a more inclusive America. Through the story of one man irrevocably bound to the history of a country, “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” reflects on the country’s past and present national identity.
With the clarity of hindsight and perspective of the last four years, “Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” forms a cohesive picture of America under its first Black president. Obama’s presidency was unique in America’s history, but what was a historic step forward for the country also exposed the ever-present need to address deeply entrenched challenges around race, racial justice and our history.
The series provides context, insight and critique from a wide range of participants including: author Jelani Cobb; Representative John Lewis; political consultant David Axelrod; Rev. Alvin Love; author Michael Eric Dyson; journalist Laura Washington; Rev. Jeremiah Wright; journalist Michele Norris; New Yorker editor David Remnick; Rev. Al Sharpton; professor Cornel West; politician Jesse Jackson; author Ta-Nehisi Coates; NAACP’s Sherrilyn Ifill; political advisor Valerie Jarrett; professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.; actor Keegan-Michael Key; former government official Shirley Sherrod; journalist David Maraniss; professor Ken Mack; speechwriter Jon Favreau; advisor Broderick Johnson; and Representative Bobby Rush.
Part one of the documentary premieres Tuesday, August 3 and it looks at Obama’s upbringing in Kansas, living and growing up in Hawaii, and his education at Columbia University and Harvard Law School.
Part two, airing Wednesday, August 4, explores his presidential run in 2008, and part three, airing Thursday, August 5, delves into the White House years and the “formidable hurdles that Obama faced trying to pass legislation in a bitterly divided Congress.”
The documentary as a whole “encapsulates the man and the president, illuminating his vision for the nation shaped from his own experiences and identity. Through today’s lens, the documentary reflects on the Obama administration with new understanding about the personal obstacles he faced and the challenging pursuit for equality in America.”
“Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union” airs August 3, 4, and 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
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