CNN acquired the documentary “President in Waiting” from director Jeffrey Roth (41, The Wonder of it All). Now-President-Elect Joe Biden discusses his deliberation in accepting his nomination of Vice President, and explores in detail, his relationship with President Barack Obama, and the key counsel he offered at pivotal moments during their time in office. The film will premiere Saturday, Dec. 5 at 9:00pm Eastern on CNN.
“CNN Films is known for premiering important stories of the day that impact our country, so I couldn’t be more thrilled for the film to have this opportunity,” said director Jeffrey Roth.
Roth interviewed all six living Vice Presidents, including Joe Biden (now President-Elect), assembling for the first time in a film, the former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter, along with Vice Presidents, Mike Pence, Dick Cheney, Al Gore, Dan Quayle, and Walter Mondale. Exceptionally relevant to the current political moment, President in Waiting is an intimate and illuminating examination of the relationships between the American President and Vice President, and their views of the power of the Vice Presidency, in their own words.
Each exclusive interview reveals the singular forces that shaped the tenures of these Vice Presidents, from war to diplomacy to political crises and defining decisions, and illustrates how the modern Vice Presidency has evolved to become one of the most powerful political offices in the land. The documentary is a blend of contemporary interviews, footage of events, and evocative photographs and other archival media that document the central role of the men at the heart of American power.