'2016: Obama's America': Strident film looks at president's roots
A review of "2016: Obama's America," a documentary co-directed by Dinesh D'Souza, who is not a fan of the president.
The New York Times
'2016: Obama's America,' a documentary directed by Dinesh D'Souza and John Sullivan. 87 minutes. Rated PG for thematic elements, brief language and smoking images. Several theaters.
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Dinesh D'Souza — the author of "The Roots of Obama's Rage" and a former American Enterprise Institute fellow — is not a fan of President Obama. The strident documentary "2016: Obama's America" builds on D'Souza's 2010 article for Forbes, which asserts that Obama pursues his father's left-leaning, "anti-colonial" ideals. Here they are presented as flaws consistent with the senior Obama's multiple relationships, alcoholism and fatal auto accident.
D'Souza argues that the president has emasculated NASA, refused to take a "meaningful step" against Iran's nuclear ambitions and is willing to let Argentina reclaim the Falkland Islands. He envisions a future in which the Middle East becomes a "United States of Islam."
Echoing his views are, among others, Paul Vitz, a New York University psychology professor; Daniel Pipes, a founder of the Middle East Forum; and the former Comptroller General David Walker, who warns about the national debt.
D'Souza stumbles when interviewing George Obama, the president's half-brother, an activist who voluntarily lives amid squalor in Nairobi, Kenya. "Obama has not done anything to help you," D'Souza says. "He's taking care of me; I'm part of the world," George Obama replies.
Not interviewed are Obama's supporters, but this isn't that kind of film. At a recent show, the film's conclusion was met with cries of "Romney!," "Ron Paul!," "Reagan!" and "Another Reagan!"