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2016: Obama's America
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Or, 'Fahrenheit Herp Derp.'"
1 stars

In "2016: Obamaís America," the conservative writer Dinesh DíSouza tells us that America is being run not by Barack Obama II, but by Barack Obama Sr. Our current president barely knew his father, but, DíSouza argues, he carries out his fatherís anti-colonial ideals anyway.

All of this was found in DíSouzaís 2010 book The Roots of Obamaís Rage, which followed a Forbes article called ďHow Obama Thinks.Ē In response to that article, a writer opined, ďDinesh DíSouza has authored what may possibly be the most ridiculous piece of Obama analysis yet written.Ē Who wrote that? Michael Moore? Howard Zinn? No, Daniel Larison in The American Conservative. Other conservatives have been scarcely more kind to DíSouzaís blend of conspiracy theory and pop psychology. So it isnít just liberals who might have trouble swallowing 2016: Obamaís America.

The first reel or so is almost The Dinesh DíSouza Story. DíSouza talks about his upbringing in Mumbai and his escape to the embrace of America. To hear him tell it, DíSouza and Obama are doppelgangers: both were born in 1961, both graduated from Ivy League colleges in 1983, both even got married in 1992. We do not hear, alas, whether DíSouza and his wife attended Spike Leeís Do the Right Thing on their first date, as Barack and Michelle reportedly did. In any event, DíSouza feels emboldened by his lifeís parallel track to Obamaís, and he feels he is uniquely qualified to outline the ways in which Obama is a shadow radical bent on reducing Americaís power on the global stage. He understands Obama, you see.

To make his case, DíSouza bends reality in small, weird ways (a baffling dramatization of a black man entering a bar, leading to two white men walking away, only, it turns out, to return with a birthday cake for their black friend ó awww!) and in large, disingenuous ways. He lies about Obamaís stance on Iran; he lies about Obama wanting to give the Falkland Islands back to Argentina; he lies about Obamaís supposed blocking of American oil drilling and support for Brazilian oil drilling; he even lies about the Churchill bust Obama allegedly removed from the Oval Office (it was on loan and was slated to be returned before Obama had any say in it). And the timing of DíSouzaís attempted slam-dunk on Obamaís supposed gutting of NASA in favor of ďreaching out to MuslimsĒ is hilarious, given whatís trucking around on the surface of Mars as you read this.

How is it as a movie? I had the same problem with it that I had with Michael Mooreís Fahrenheit 9/11, to which 2016 is clearly intended as an heir apparent: it preaches to the converted. Moore, however, produced convincing documentation regarding the Bush familyís ties with the bin Laden family, and he had a star witness in Lila Lipscomb, the former war supporter whose son died in Iraq. DíSouza has nobody comparable, though he tries to pull a gotcha with Obamaís half-brother George, who seems, inconveniently for DíSouza, rather blasť about the presidentís alleged neglect of him. Why hasnít the richer, more powerful Obama pulled his kin out of Nairobi squalor? Well, because George is an activist and chooses to live as he does.

2016: Obamaís America comes to seem like clownish alarmist speculation (the Middle East will become ďthe United States of IslamĒ!) taking place in an echo chamber of talking heads who, like DíSouza himself, have never spent time with Barack Obama. It ends with DíSouzaís boyhood avatar staring out into the audience as DíSouza intones ďThe future is in your hands.Ē At the end of all this, I was no more persuaded of Obamaís anti-colonial agenda than I was before. The film moves fast, so that, while weíre saying ďWait a minute,Ē itís already on to the next theory, the next guilt-by-association fallacy, the next pearl of pop-psych wisdom. According to the film, Barack Obama is president because the American people wanted to feel good about finally electing a black man, even though heís half-white and that very half-whiteness made America comfortable with him. But, DíSouza is very sneakily saying, itís not Obamaís white half you have to worry about.

DíSouza, I recall, is the same man who in "The Enemy at Home" held liberals responsible for 9/11. Christ, even Michael Moore said it was al-Qaeda.

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originally posted: 09/08/12 18:42:45
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7/20/15 John Looks as if you are eating your words now. the truth in this film has come full circle 5 stars
10/16/12 Phineas It's great,and everybody knows it!!!! 5 stars
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  25-Jul-2012 (PG)
  DVD: 16-Oct-2012


  DVD: 16-Oct-2012

Directed by
  Dinesh D'Souza
  John Sullivan

Written by
  John Sullivan

  Dinesh D'Souza
  Barack Obama

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