Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 59°
    Scattered clouds
  • Comment

'Obama's America' draws conclusions without any facts

Reeling It In

Posted: September 19, 2012 - 4:55pm  |  Updated: September 20, 2012 - 9:25am
This publicity image released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, shows an undated film clip of director, Dinesh D'Souza, interviewing George Obama in "2016: Obama's America."  Despite the unconventional release of "2016: Obama's America," the movie is among the most successful political documentaries of all time and it doesn't show signs of cooling down ahead of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain Pictures)  AP
AP
This publicity image released by Rocky Mountain Pictures, shows an undated film clip of director, Dinesh D'Souza, interviewing George Obama in "2016: Obama's America." Despite the unconventional release of "2016: Obama's America," the movie is among the most successful political documentaries of all time and it doesn't show signs of cooling down ahead of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Rocky Mountain Pictures)

“2016: Obama’s America”

Obama’s America Foundation

1 hour, 27 minutes

 

Dinesh D’Souza is a hack. I know, there are some out there that are saying, “What? No! He’s a muckraking crusader! He’s the Right’s answer to Michael Moore!”

Of course, there are more of you saying, “Who the heck is Dinesh D’Souza?” — which is as it should be. The director and writer of the recent Barack Obama “documentary,” “2016: Obama’s America” deserves nothing less than to return to the doldrums of obscurity from whence he came.

Full disclosure: I am a Barack Obama fan. I voted for him once and will likely do so again. I am perfectly primed to disagree with a negative exposé on the President. My criticism, however, has nothing to do with my politics. On the merits of the movie alone, as a piece of documentary filmmaking, “2016: Obama’s America” is just plain terrible.

D’Souza clearly thinks of himself as a counterpart to Michael Moore. Not only is he the writer/director, but he’s also the star. The film starts out with some background. D’Souza, like Obama, is the child of immigrants and of similar age and comparable background. He shows this, I imagine, to establish his bona fides, that our Dinesh is qualified to dissect Barack Obama because, but for the vagaries of fate, he could have been Barack Obama. D’Souza then proceeds to outline Obama’s background, crushing the birther movement in one fell swoop by announcing “Barack Obama Jr. was born on August 4, 1961, in a hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii.” Take that, Donald Trump!

The first third of the film is actually pretty interesting, if still pretty hacky. D’Souza manages to explain who Obama’s father was, what his relationship to Obama’s mother was, and how and why he was in the country. He establishes clearly how young Obama came to idolize an absent father, over the less-than-stable father that the boy’s mother had chosen as a replacement. D’Souza then goes on to show, how crushed an older Obama was to learn that the untarnished father he believed he had was actually just a man after all, and a fairly flawed man at that. D’Souza decently illustrates a whole swath of Barack Obama’s childhood, mostly because he’s quoting directly from Barack Obama’s own memoirs, “Dreams From My Father.”

The first part of the movie is tolerable, even interesting at times, if annoyingly over-produced. It is in the middle part of the movie that things really start to go awry. It is here that D’Souza’s analysis turns from an exploration for truth into a high-school understanding of pop psychology. Because Barack Obama at one time put his absent father on a pedestal, he must secretly wish to somehow become that father, or at least fulfill the potential that father possessed.

What potential is that? To bring down colonial empires. To destroy America’s power in the world, and to spread Socialism, maybe even ... gasp! ... Communism! Why, exactly, are we to believe that this is Obama’s plan? Your guess is as good as mine. Without a shred of actual evidence, D’Souza proceeds to travel the globe, meeting with people who have either tenuous connections to the president, or with fringe people who simply disagree with his policies. Interviews consist of leading questions, half-answers, and even outright disagreement, to which D’Souza nods knowingly, as though pieces of a puzzle are all falling into place.

The problem is that there are no pieces — there doesn’t even appear to be a puzzle. At one point, D’Souza interviews a man in Africa who may well have been one of Barack Obama Sr.’s best friends. The old man never knew the president, but he obviously knew and loved the father, a man who, it’s been established, was somewhat of a radical. The old man also clearly loves Obama, which is not a surprise considering our president is one of the most popular people in the world. When asked if he thought Barack Sr. would be proud of Barack Jr., the old man nods enthusiastically. D’Souza nods knowingly.

This is the type of damning evidence the director has to offer. Dinesh D’Souza has taken a few well-known facts about Obama — that he grew up without his father and spent much of his childhood abroad — added some emotional elements from the President’s own words, and has drawn wildly illogical conclusions. I can do that, too. Let’s see ... Obama is a lawyer. He lived in Chicago. He smokes. Conclusion: Barack Obama is a secret member of the mafia. The health care law will inevitably lead to greater control of public health, concluding with the complete illegalization of tobacco. At which point, Barack Obama will stand to make millions, maybe even billions, as a cigarette bootlegger.

Or, if that doesn’t make sense, how about this: Obama is rich. He grew up without his father. He fought for justice (lawyer again.) Obviously, he’s a super-hero. He may even actually be Batman, but I can’t be 100 percent sure.

By the end of the film things have completely gone off the rails. D’Souza, erroneously believing he’s got us on the hook with his fanciful theories, spins a nightmare scenario of Obama’s next term. Choking debt leads to a destroyed economy. Muslim-friendly foreign policy leads to the crushing of Israel by the United States of Islam. The film ends with a frightened little boy reading a history book that list the American Era as ending in 2016.

Wow. I can imagine what some of my friends on the Right are probably thinking at this point. Michael Moore does the same thing and gets nominated for an Oscar. No, he doesn’t. Yes, Moore is biased. And yes, he spins the facts to make the conclusions come out the way he wants. But he starts with facts. Meticulously researched facts. Massaged conclusions, yes, but built on real data, not vague psychological speculation. And as a director, Moore knows what he’s doing. He builds tension, uses graphics judiciously, and manages to let people swing using their own words. Sometimes he goes too far — ambushing an obviously diminished Charleton Heston at his home to harass him about the NRA was wrong, but usually he’s effective.

Purely as a filmmaker, D’Souza doesn’t know when to quit. His graphics are non-stop and overwhelming. Each interview seems as if it were conducted using multiple cameras from a dozen angles. At three separate points D’Souza actually “phones in” the interview, the result being we see both sides of the conversation — the interviewee on one phone and D’Souza on another, nodding knowingly. Why?

“2016: Obama’s America” is the worst kind of political propaganda because it preys on people who are disposed to be fearful about the direction of our country. And it does so without any solid basis. D’Souza hopes that he can fire up the faithful with slick graphics and convoluted theories, and is betting on the fact that they will overlook the obvious lack of any real research. He trots out worn-out old bogeymen like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and that Weather Underground guy, but he never actually uncovers anything of substance about the president himself. This makes “2016” about as hollow as D’Souza himself.

Grade: D-

“2016: Obama’s America” is rated PG for some scary music and frightening folderol.

 

Chris Jenness is a freelance graphic designer, artist and movie buff who lives in Nikiski.

  • Comment

Comments (80) Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
jtauriainen
13
Points
jtauriainen 10/05/12 - 09:04 am
0
0
wowee wow

Ok so I will grant you this. Chris loves him some Obama but you guys are a little over the top here. The biggest problem is you can't even tell that he likes Clint Eastwood and while the movie probably deserved a lesser grade he gave it a better grade because his wife LOVES Clint Eastwood. Making a comment about Clint's speech was natural because it was such a recent event. At the time when the liberal press was bashing Clint for his disjointed speech the Jenness's were upset with that and thought it was a good speech. So remember while you disagree with the political position that Chris may have, he is just another person, and a fellow community member. Save the vitriol for the politicians that are selling us down the river as they continue to stomp on the Constitution. Realize that neither Obama nor Romney plan on stopping indiscriminate drone strikes that kill innocent people with no declaration of war. I know we have not legally declared war against someone since WWII, but its time to wake up and stop this madness. If we don't have the balls to declare war against these countries then we should have the gall to bomb them. They will both continue corporate welfare. No company is to big to fail once we started picking winners and losers with tax payer money, that was the beginning of the end of our freedoms. Neither of them have talked about pulling the TSA out of airports and stopping the illegal search of citizens and seizure of private property. So both parties are severely misguided with only a few "crackpots" like Ron Paul willing to step into the breach and try and uphold the Law of the Land. The sleeper must awaken before we can stop the spiral that our country is making towards something that we don't recognize or want. Long story short stop being sheeple and give Chris a break.

jtauriainen
13
Points
jtauriainen 10/05/12 - 09:04 am
0
0
wowee wow

Ok so I will grant you this. Chris loves him some Obama but you guys are a little over the top here. The biggest problem is you can't even tell that he likes Clint Eastwood and while the movie probably deserved a lesser grade he gave it a better grade because his wife LOVES Clint Eastwood. Making a comment about Clint's speech was natural because it was such a recent event. At the time when the liberal press was bashing Clint for his disjointed speech the Jenness's were upset with that and thought it was a good speech. So remember while you disagree with the political position that Chris may have, he is just another person, and a fellow community member. Save the vitriol for the politicians that are selling us down the river as they continue to stomp on the Constitution. Realize that neither Obama nor Romney plan on stopping indiscriminate drone strikes that kill innocent people with no declaration of war. I know we have not legally declared war against someone since WWII, but its time to wake up and stop this madness. If we don't have the balls to declare war against these countries then we should have the gall to bomb them. They will both continue corporate welfare. No company is to big to fail once we started picking winners and losers with tax payer money, that was the beginning of the end of our freedoms. Neither of them have talked about pulling the TSA out of airports and stopping the illegal search of citizens and seizure of private property. So both parties are severely misguided with only a few "crackpots" like Ron Paul willing to step into the breach and try and uphold the Law of the Land. The sleeper must awaken before we can stop the spiral that our country is making towards something that we don't recognize or want. Long story short stop being sheeple and give Chris a break.

Watchman on the Wall
2893
Points
Watchman on the Wall 10/05/12 - 11:45 am
1
1
Very Good jtauriainen

Then there are the 5 drones flying Alaska's skies looking for what?
As i have tried to state many times IT DOES NOT MATTER WHO WINS THE PRESIDENTCY.
World Bankers and Global Union advocates will eventually control the entire population OR SANCTION ALL THAT REFUSE TO OBEY. Do we see this SANCTIONING CONTROL THINGY Happening any where in the World Today? That would be a BIG YES, we do. It all falls in line with Revelation 13; where God shows and warns of just a Global Union which Sanctions everyone ot OBEY or Suffer lose.

Obama will get his Dream of a Global Citizenry controled by Economic Sanctions against everyone for a Forced joining of the UNION ONE Global Governmant.
Members are allowed commerce to survive, nonmembers are refused commerce to survive and in fact will be terminated by the Religious leader and OBEDIENT members.

CAN YA SEE THE GLOBAL GOVERNMENT STORM SPREADING AS WE TYPE WITH IT'S RELIGIOUS POLITICAL CONTROL AGENDA FOR ALL THE WORLDS CITIZENS?
Who will any of you survive when the electronic commerce system is shut down and ALL wealth has vanished and then revamped for OBEDIENT MEMBERS ONLY?
The 2008 777 point crash was a Baby crash compared to whats coming any day now Globally.

freedomlibertytruth
1398
Points
freedomlibertytruth 10/07/12 - 07:27 pm
3
1
maybe this is why pepsico changed their label.

Why would BHOs Colombia records be hidden?

04/2008 San Francisco Senator Barack Obama D-Ill said: “”…I traveled to Pakistan when I was in college — I knew what Sunni and Shia was [sic] before I joined the Senate Foreign Relations Committee."

This last part — a college trip to Pakistan — was news to many. And he only admitted it AFTER a national news cast announced that his passport records had been breached.

Apparently, according to the Obama campaign, In 1981 — the year Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University — Obama visited family in Indonesia. Then Obama traveled to Pakistan with a friend from college whose family was from there. Then went to India.

{most interesting this is cause} On FIRST check into Colombia records they indicate Obama was at the school ONLY during the 1982-83 school year. Obama and Columbia’s spokesman have insisted he began attending the New York City school in the fall of 1981? {so why didn’t the Colombia official records reflect it?}

Janine Greenwood, vice president and general counsel for the National Student Clearinghouse, said there was a “computer error” in their system that has been CORRECTED. She said she confirmed with Columbia that Obama was at the university for two academic years, not one.

Greenwood said she “tried to untangle this” discrepancy one year ago after two “DegreeVerify certificates” from the Herndon, Va.-based clearinghouse –obtained through a fee-based request – indicated Obama attended Columbia College at Columbia University “ONLY” in the 1982-1983 academic year, from Sept. 1, 1982 until May 31, 1983, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree May 17, 1983.

“All I know is [the record] was right originally, and somewhere along the line it went off the rails, and then it was right again,” Greenwood said.

a little research into Pakistan in 1981 is especially interesting, as it was restricted for travel by U.S Citizens, expecially Non-Muslim persons. It just raises question about 1981 and BHO's foreign travels to a hostile country.

During his years at Occidental College, Obama also befriended Wahid Hamid, a fellow student who was an immigrant from Pakistan and travelled with Obama there, the Obama campaign said.

Hamid is now a vice president at PepsiCo in New York, and according to public records, has donated the maximum $2,300 to the Obama campaign and is listed as a campaign fundraiser.

{*It’s like MAGIC. maybe that's why Pepsi changed their logo}

JTAURIAINEN: old saying – if you don’t want none, don’t start none! Pass it on to your friend.

lkpomn912
931
Points
lkpomn912 10/07/12 - 07:36 pm
1
1
Which cat paid for BHO's

Which cat paid for BHO's round the world trip in 1981? huh?

Watchman on the Wall
2893
Points
Watchman on the Wall 10/07/12 - 09:37 pm
0
1
Clinton TOOOOOOO

Willy Clinton who we can all trust also has the same symbol for his Global Initiative with the circle and streaks across it, just as Obama's new Flags also show how they have replaced the FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS with their new Global Initiative Flags.
Ambassador Stevens Red blood was streaked in 5 waves across a White wall in Libya at the place he and 3 other Americans were Sacrificed for peaceful Islams spread.
Did you folks know that Islam means SUBMISSION, not peace?
They are forcing everyone to submit or die as they spread their Global Initiative for a World Order. OOPS! Thats exactly what the OWO folks are also working towards, the very ones that said Obama is the chosen one that will lead us into that ERA, NEW AGE.
Could they be working for the same GLOBAL UNION ONE INITIATIVE for MEMBERS ONLY? NO! That would be a conspiracy of GLOBAL MAGNITUDE PUSHED BY SUPERNATURAL POWERS AT ALL LEVELS OF HUMANITY DESIGNED FOR A RELIGIOUS POLITICAL PARTY THAT CONTROL EVERYTHING AND EVERYONE.
NO it can't be, or can it?? Could Gods word possibly be true which warned us of this coming INITIATIVE IN REVELATION 13; WILL YOU LISTEN TO REASON OR CONTINUE ON THIS ROAD TO ETERNAL DISTRUCTION?
It's your free choice to vote how you want to, but i think you need to know the 'REST OF THE STORY' as Paul Harvey use to say, and now you know it and must decide for your selves as to what you will do to prepare for it's INEVITABLE ARRIVAL.

Back to Top

Spotted

Please Note: You may have disabled JavaScript and/or CSS. Although this news content will be accessible, certain functionality is unavailable.

Skip to News

« back

next »

  • title http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321268/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321253/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321248/
  • title http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321243/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321208/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/320593/
  • title http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321173/ http://spotted.peninsulaclarion.com/galleries/321163/
My Gallery

CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS