Editorial: “2016: Obama’s America” not a propaganda piece

Guest editorial by Clint Parker

Why would a bust of Sir Winston Churchill, given as a gift to the United States by England, be returned by President Obama? Why would he continually spend like there’s no record debt?

These questions and more are what a new documentary, out now in theaters, sets out to answer. The film by Dinesh D’Sourza called “2016: Obama’s America” explores Obama’s upbringing, mentors, friends and dreams from his father.

Author Dinesh D’Souza, an India born native, intellectual scholar and conservative apologist explores what he believes drives Obama’s ideology and what it will mean for American if Obama is re-elected to the presidency.

The movie opened strong for a documentary, placing eighth this weekend with $6.2 million in box office sales compared to the number seven movie which open this weekend ,“Premium Rush” with $6.3 million and in twice as many theaters.

The movie starts out by examining D’Souza’s own roots and journey from his birth in India to his education in America and time in the Reagan Administration and how he arrived at his ideology.

D’Souza then looks at Obama’s journey to try to understand how he arrived at his ideology, from his birth in Hawaii, (yes, Hawaii no conspiracy here), then his family from his mother and father to his grandparents to Obama’s half brother in Africa.

He also looks at Obama’s mentor growing up. According to D’Souza, Obama’s maternal grandfather believed that Barry should have a strong black roll model so he picked a journalist who was a member of the Communist Party. Obama mentions him in his autobiography “Dreams from My Father” but only by first name.

D’Souza also looks at who Obama surrounded himself with from college professors and friends to the preacher he listened to for years. He also examines why he believes Obama won the first election on grounds that most Americans want to prove to themselves that they weren’t racists.

He ends the movie with predictions for the country’s future under a second term using Obama’s own words, what he’s done in his first term and what he believes guides the President in his elected office.

Pure propaganda for an election year? Maybe not. Sure D’Souza is a conservative, but he’s not a native born American, he is an American by choice. He also has done other scholarly works (15 books including 2012: Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream) and this film is no different as he delves into what makes Obama tick.

The movie is based on D’Souza’s book “The Roots of Obama’s Rage” and has great visual effects and scenery with D’Souza narrating. The movie is produced by Gerald Molen who also produced blockbusters like Jurassic Park, Twister, Days of Thunder, Hook and Minority Report. He was a producer for the Academy Award winning film Schindler’s List and co-producer for Rain Man which won the Oscar for Best Picture.

D’Souza said Sunday that the movie is expanding in more theaters and plans to run into October. It started out this past weekend at the Biltmore Grande Stadum 15 and is expected to be there until at least the first of next month. So if you’re a political animal, a student of human actions or just want to know more about Obama’s past and how it shaped his actions in office, you’d better head to the theater and catch it while you can. This is the only serious film that tries to answer questions that the media should have asked and answered before he was elected the first time. It’s well worth your time.

Clint Parker is publisher and editor of the Weaverville Tribune and Leicester Leader.

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