Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks at the White House

Every seat of the White House Movie Theater was taken by, in Tom Hanks' memorable words, "some sort of honcho and big shot" on Thursday evening for a screening of the first episode of HBO's new miniseries The Pacific. Produced by Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the 10 part series tells the story of the brave Americans who fought in the Pacific theater of World War II, a story not told by Hollywood as frequently as the European front. We've got a a behind-the-scenes video with the producing duo as they prepare to show the first hour of their work to a First audience. See an Academy Award winning producer and director turn his hand-held camera on us and the President:

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POTUS at the Pacific

President Barack Obama delivers remarks before a screening of the HBO ten-part World War II miniseries "The Pacific" in the Family Theater of the White House, March 11, 2010. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, the two executive producers of "The Pacific", sit in the front row. March 11, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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