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Video: Obama campaign releases ad narrated by Morgan Freeman

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This might not be seen a lot in Illinois. Certainly not in Chicago. But as the ad wars between President Obama and Mitt Romney's camps intensify, Obama at least is breaking out the big guns: Morgan Freeman.

The actor narrates the latest Obama spot with a theme of "recovery" and "moving forward." Here's the script:

Few have faced so many. Four years later... Our enemies have been brought to justice. Our heroes are coming home. Assembly lines are humming again. There are still challenges to meet. Children to educate. A middle class to rebuild. But the last thing we should do...is turn back now.

Of course, Freeman has some experience with "hope." Perhaps "forward" helps avoid the typecasting.

Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding:

I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope.

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