As part of BET Networksâ€™ 2008 national election coverage, BET News sits down with the 2008 presidential hopefuls for a series of compelling interviews titled â€œWHATâ€™S IN IT FOR US?â€ For the premiere special, BET speaks with the man on a mission to become the first Black man in the White House, Senator Barack Obama, in the half-hour special WHATâ€™S IN IT FOR US? BARACK OBAMA AND THE BLACK VOTE, premiering Tuesday, January 8 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The second special WHATâ€™S IN IT FOR US? HILLARY CLINTON AND THE BLACK VOTE will air on Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
In the premiere special, BET News correspondent Jeff Johnson sits with Senator Obama in a revealing interview that provides a rare glimpse into the Illinois Senatorâ€™s life, his family and his political aspirations as he embarks on an impressive quest to change the complexion of politics forever. Through this enlightening BET News special, viewers will hear Senator Obamaâ€™s thoughts on topics ranging from the U.S. education system, the criminal justice system and immigration. It also explores what being â€œBlack enoughâ€ really means, the African American electorate and even the Senatorâ€™s personal thoughts on hip hop and what is playing on his iPod.
In the second special, Johnson sits down with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman who once stood before America in the East Wing and is now looking to lead America in the West Wing and become the first female Commander-in-Chief. Viewers will get a glimpse into Senator Clintonâ€™s thoughts on her rivals, her passions, and what sets her apart. Also, Senator Clintonâ€™s campaign ace has been husband Bill Clinton, and his presidency endeared them both to African Americans. Will her husbandâ€™s influence and connection with the Black community be enough to earn her the Black vote and give her a win?