An Expansive View Into Obama’s Transformative Presidency - Obama Presidency Oral History

An Expansive View Into Obama’s Transformative Presidency

Caroline Harting in Columbia News.


How will Obama’s Presidency be remembered? A massive new oral history project will help shape his legacy,” read the headline in The Washington Post on May 16, 2019. The article announced how a team of sociologists and oral historians from Columbia University’s Incite and Columbia Center for Oral History Research (CCOHR) were chosen by the Obama Foundation to document President Obama’s (CC'83) time in the Oval Office. To accurately reflect the transformative nature of this presidency, the team set out to create a presidential oral history like no other. 

Just over four years later, 470 people have been interviewed with roughly 1,100 hours of video and audio recordings, much of it produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. And now, the team is ready to publish the first set of their interviews on the topic of climate change. What sets this project apart from other presidential oral histories? Columbia News talked to the leadership team to find out.

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