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2016: Obama's America

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2016: Obama
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 2012-07-13 Limited 2012-07-20 Limited
  • Running Time: 89 min.
  • Directors: Gerald R. Molen, Dinesh D'Souza
  • Cast: Dr. Paul Vitz, Dr. Alice Dewey, Dr. Paul Kengor, Willy Kauai, George Obama, Philip Ochieng, Joseph Ojiru, Daniel Pipes, David Walker, Sarah "Granny" Obama
  • Producers: Gerald R. Molen, Ann Balog, Doug Sain
  • Writers: Gerald R. Molen, Dinesh D'Souza
  • Distributor: Rocky Mountain Pictures
  • Official Site: 2016: Obama's America Official Site

The movie of choice for people who hold the beliefs that A) America is the strongest, best-est country ever and B) that that nation somehow just isn't strong enough to survive eight years of centrist Democratic leadership, Dinesh D'Souza's 2016: Obama's America actually does not touch on 2016 much at all. Instead, it distills the anti-anticolonialist jeremiads of D'Souza's books-- which already were to academic argument what fruit snacks are to fruit-- into an eminently fast-forwardable travelogue through Nairobi, Kenya, Indonesia, and a magic-hour D.C., where D'Souza slumps about Droopy Dog–style in contemplation of the monuments. His thesis concerns the reasons Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy early in his presidency. The only answer D'Souza entertains: that our president is an anticolonial African revolutionary driven to impress his dead, absentee Kenyan father. D'Souza's best evidence is NYU psychology professor Paul Vitz, who explains that the father who abandons a boy has a profound influence on the shaping of that boy, an argument that lays bare D'Souza's debased rules of evidence: the fact that Obama senior was never around to radicalize Obama junior only proves that he did radicalize Obama junior. That explains why junior later went on to fulfill the dream of all Kenyan revolutionaries: passing the health care plan Republicans came up with in the '90s.

Alan Scherstuhl

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