2016: Obama’s America

My wife and I went to the 10:45 matinee because we could easily get shaded parking at Discover Mills going that early, and I wouldn’t have a long wait for the spicy honey chicken I love so much at the food court afterwards.  The theater was about 1/3 full, which surprised me a little for so early a showing.  They were almost all white, 50+ people just like us, probably not the President’s core constituency.

I don’t think it was a hatchet-job on Mr. Obama.  It was 90% a reasonable explanation based on Dreams of My Father and Barack Obama’s experiences and associations of what makes him tick; 10% a speculation about what the country will be like in 2016 if he is reelected, which I believe is a weakness of this documentary as entertainment.   Personally I would have used some CGI to replace the head of the Statue of Liberty in the sand at the end of Planet of the Apes with an Obama head that Charlton Heston is doing his “You blew it up! Damn you all to hell!” routine to.  But that would be an artistic choice that probably is uniquely me.  Anyway, if you scratched your head when the Obamas had the bust of Winston Churchill sent back to England, or what the “apology tour” was all about, Dinesh D’Souza provides thoughtful speculation on what the motivations were.  (Hint: the word “anti-colonial” gets used a lot.) But I’m not going to be grabbing anyone by the water cooler tomorrow telling them they have to see this movie.  If you’ve made up your mind, I don’t think it would change your vote.  If you haven’t made up your mind, I don’t think it would be the ultimate factor in how you decide to vote.

One very illuminative sequence: first, some back story.  I’m driving to Birmingham last week, and I’m listening to “The Patriot” on Sirius, where compared to some of the personalities Sean Hannity is a centrist.  The hosts are playing a clip where the President – who does like quoting the Bible – proclaims “We are our brother’s keeper!”, and then they hammer him with the “h” word (hypocrite) because his half-brother George is living in a hut in Kenya, supposedly in grim circumstances.  D’Souza interviewed George in Kenya, who appeared to be a most thoughtful, articulate, intelligent person.  D’Souza asked him how he felt about his brother not helping him out, and he replied that his brother had more important things to do than to help him personally – to “help the whole world” – and that George himself was an adult and was totally responsible for his current circumstances.  I’m not a fan of the President, but one does get weary longing for some unvarnished truth, from both sides of the aisle.  Political candidates are marketed like competing brands of soft drinks or cars.  (Cue to Ricardo Montalban – which is hard to do because he’s dead – (flamenco guitar) The 2012 Romney, all the richness and feel of Corinthian leather, but with the ultimate in debt reduction and economic expansion, even more so than the 1996 Clinton!)

In summary, good documentary; probably something you can wait until Netflix offers it though.  In a time when money is tight, and how you spend it is critical, when Sylvester Stallone pours his heart and soul into The Expendables II and spares no expense to assemble the greatest cast of assisted living steroid abusers in history, you’ve got to see that movie first.

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2 Comments on “2016: Obama’s America”

  1. Stan Sikorski Says:

    Good review Gene (or is it “Roger”?) Walker.


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