Having served as the first African-American president in U.S. history, Barack Obama (pictured) looks back at his legacy in the final major interview he’ll give while still sitting the Oval Office in The 44th President: In His Own Words.
Airing Jan. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History, the two-hour special is produced by Texas Crew Productions and includes interviews with President Obama conducted both before, and after, the 2016 election. President Obama speaks to his many success and failures, from passing Obamacare and hunting down Osama Bin Laden, to the obstruction from Congress and being unable to close down the prison in Guantanamo. He also speaks on some of the most difficult parts of those eight years.
“I still consider the day I traveled up to Newtown to meet with parents as the toughest day of my presidency,” President Obama says in a clip from the special, in reference to the 2012 murder of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School by a 20-year-old Connecticut man. “It’s the only time I saw the Secret Service cry.”
Also included are interviews with Vice President Joe Biden, a number of members of Obama’s staff, members of Congress, and the press. Interviewees include secretary of state John Kerry, former Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner, and former Attorney General Eric Holder.