REVIEW: Early Life of "Obama's America" Jels, "2016" Projection Begs Fact Check Discussions

Updated 8 years ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor


Interview with George Obama in scene from "Obama's America"
Interview with George Obama in scene from "Obama's America"

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of Barrack Obama?  Conservative author, turned co-director and narrator, Dinesh D’Souza has an answer that should be regarded as a “thesis,” “premise” or “warning” that the youthful life of the now President of the United States was strongly influenced by men who held non-traditional American beliefs.

His Michael Moore genre “documentary” has a chilling agenda. It’s far from balanced but plays well on the big screen. Scenes shift from the landlocked states  to Kenya, Indonesia and Hawaii. The mixture of interviews, news clips, and reenactments resonate with one exception --- the snips of candidate, Senator and President Barrack Obama detract from the films somber mood.

Starting as a comparison between the son of immigrant roots of D’Souza (India) and the Hawaiian born Obama (thankfully, no ‘birthing’ dispute argued), the film softly preaches that his single parent (or grandparent) raising through Obama’s own exploration  in “Dreams from My Father” predisposes him to detest the nation’s accomplishments. D’Souza’s argument is that the President harbors anti-colonialism ideals which will translate into a dismantling of American stature, culture and wealth.

Pointedly, he has a hidden agenda to punish current Americans for the sins of ancestors who colonized countries in a British manner that made the colony bowing to the monarchy. More specifically, even the poorest, homeless American is “rich” by Third World and/or colonial standards, so his connotation of “wealth” contradicts that of  Americans; his definition of poor and impoverished comes from a scene out of “Slumdog Millionaire” (which is coincidentally set in author/director D’Souza’s home country of India).

Since much of the movie has been shot in developing or under developed nations, a majority of interviewees and bystanders have missing teeth, mostly speak inarticulately, wear shorts (not pants, but they are warmer climates) and either flip-flop or walk barefoot bicycling crowded streets. One particularly effective shot inserts the deserted slums of (presumably) Detroit as a future given should the African American president win re-election.

Actually, you might think I’m too harsh on the ‘documentary’ which has been labeled ‘infomercial’ by some and potentially right-wing propaganda by others. No, I’m challenging the representation of the thesis, not the high quality production values that maintain audience interest in a similar manner to a summer action or fall horror flick.

Far from allegedly ‘preaching to a (conservative) choir, the production awakens the curiosity of apathetic or undecided voters, who do not share the loud hands clapping finale. Instead, I tip a hand to D’Souza’s psychological persuasion abilities. Having purposefully (prior to viewing) not read or researched the Forbes article, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage,” or “Dreams from My Father,” the prediction of Obama’s agenda derived from his past mentors, teachers and (according to the film) an idolized absent father who after the age of two visited him once.

Salute the filmmakers, they have produced at least a superficially seductive , moderately compelling, and marginally convincing hypothesis  (reinforced in the film by an un-vetted psychologist) awaiting fact checking to discern its credibility.

Remove “2016” and its reality quotient moves upward; inject the narrator’s logic and its a leap beyond faith and logic. Too many early influences and not enough dot connecting for the conjecture of  anti-patriotic ambitions of the adult Obama. Buoyed by his almost rise from nowhere rock star rise good looking, calm conversing charisma which  overtakes (2008  favorite)  Hillary Clinton, the president’s “past” has been subject to strong criticism, but “Obama’s America” demonizes him.

Poster "2016: Obama's America"
Poster "2016: Obama's America"

Like any political drama, questions arise in swallowing his anti-Christ villainy. A lesson --- be careful with whom  you associate from the day of your birth if you aspire toward public service which requires a majority vote by an electorate, where unprincipled spin,  insatiable campaign managers, and commentator scrutiny rivals an out of control insurance defense attorney digging through past rumors, thoughts, and occasionally conduct to gain the precipitous 51% for “a preponderance of the evidence.”

What’s missing or awaiting challenge?

To accept the  “2016” crystal ball, you assume that the title character injected no thoughts of his own or of influences from  Illinois, other than those of whom the film asserts. The communist/socialistic writings of Frank Marshall Davis are put in the storytelling arc, then, mysteriously dropped. The massive spending and rise in national debt fails to mention a recession compared to the Great Depression. His hope and racist redemption election fails to assert his fluctuating approval ratings scored by each recent current event. The “radicalism” post- Civil Rights era excludes presumed natural anger from years of second class discrimination. Silencing  of the white hatred views of his Chicago “preacher” drops into oblivion after its introduction.  What’s his motivation for the projected betrayal of his nation by taking it from a world leader to a third world nether land?  That Kenya’s independence did not lead it to “developing nation” status similar to South Africa, Malaysia, or the United Arab Emirates. Half brother ,  George, denied the “less than a dollar a month” abandoned by the Obama family statement as an exaggeration and in a brief interview in the film stated his brother is taking care of all of us (which due  to the production’s thesis becomes ambiguous ).

A definition of fear mongering states the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others toward a specific end. From a legal dictionary, creating a problem (often where one does not exist) and making people feel like they must act now.

Applying this to the orchestrated dark clouds over the White House and doomsday percussion would presumably explain a viewer’s “we gotta let him go” uttering at feature’s end. I’m more likely to agree with the woman who stated, “this ought to be shown in every college dormitory…”

My strong suggestion: Shown in every college dormitory with a mandated moderated discussion that follows the screening allowing those who “love” or “hate” the Chief Executive to make their best political points.

One final thought, which derives from the darkly comedic , “The Campaign,” where a naïve, first-time not so macho politician takes on a four time incumbent Congressman.  Praising its hilarious trash talking learning session, a blasphemous (but you will laugh) Lord’s Prayer recitation, and one time no consequences family confessional, the bottom line underscores the American  “hoopla of big time, dirty” money for favors politics. Chicago, the Illinois home of Senator Barrack Obama, has itself a history of corrupt political machines and an asterisk that  Rod Blagojevich became the state’s fourth governor in four decades jailed for corruption and /or abuse of power.

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