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“2016: Obama’s America”: The Most Offensively Funny Movie of the Year

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Poster for the documentary '2016: Obama's America'

Despite not having many fans among liberals, '2016: Obama's America' has earned $20 million in box-office receipts to date.

I propose a contest. Would documentary filmmakers Dinesh D’Souza and Michael Moore be willing to sit down and engage in a debate? Who is man enough to take the challenge?

I’ll come clean and say I have a bone to pick in this proposition: I recently saw D’Souza’s film, 2016: Obama’s America, and I found it to be the most offensively funny movie of the year. I wish I could say it uses humor in the same way that Moore does, but it happens to be an unintentionally hilarious denunciation of President Obama that actually attempts to weave a theory that Obama is, at heart, an anti-colonist and therefore an anti-American who is willfully gutting our nation and propping up other nations in a deep-seated-attempt to please his long-deceased, absent father. It posits the similar accusation levied at Moore: that he hates America. The thesis is as thin and ridiculous as a Michael Bay movie, which is why it’s no surprise that it’s become a box office juggernaut, making $20 million over its eight weeks in release so far, according to Box Office Mojo.

D’Souza is utterly cynical and deceptive, so much so that I don’t believe he even believes what he’s proposing, but he knows that throwing crap on a wall will gain traction with Americans, so he willfully misleads a populace he believes he can play like a fiddle.

One thing I didn’t count on is that the movie doesn’t deliver on the promise of its title: a political analysis of where Obama could bring America in four years. That’s an intellectually engaging subject that is just touched on at the very end. Instead, the documentary is a totally weird pseudo-psycho-intellectual threading of D’Souza’s personal history with that of Obama’s.  He draws on his own books to tell us he understands where Obama is coming from because he comes from the same place (India, a post-colonial country, like Kenya). He so desperately and tenuously makes this connection, but then he flips and disavows the connection with a conclusion that he loves America and Obama hates it.

Let’s start with the most damning evidence D’Souza has to offer: Obama removed a bust of Winston Churchill from the White House. This is the best evidence the great thinker D’Souza can muster? He’s playing to the lowest type of thinking.

In one instance, it’s dizzying how D’Souza takes a paragraph purportedly written by Obama’s father in an academic journal in 1965 to suggest Obama is in favor of a socialist state. He connects the dots for us, saying the aforementioned assertion is President Obama’s wish because he wrote in his book Dreams from My Father that he wants to realize his father’s dreams. It’s a jaw-droppingly stupid reach, but there it is.

Or there’s the time D’Souza painstakingly tries to build the case that Obama has callously turned his back on his half-brother in Kenya (going so laughably far as to place two images of the two, one with Obama walking away from his half-brother) because he may be pro-colonization. But when he interviews the brother, the guy isn’t having it. He denies that he feels neglected by his famous distant relative and smiles at D’Souza, while D’Souza gropes for air. Why he’d leave this in his film is bizarre, but there it is.

The Hawaii section inspired more howlers. First, D’Souza builds the case Obama’s menacing anti-American mother can’t bear to let his American-leaning Indonesian stepfather influence him to be too pro-American, so she sends young Obama to… America! Did D’Souza ever take a moment to think that this totally contradicts his case? And while in Hawaii, we hear that Obama went to study “oppression studies” at Punaho, a high school that D’Souza suggests is a haven of rebels and anti-colonialists. WTF? Punaho is one of the most elitist schools in the country. It’s like the Oxford of the Pacific. Then, we hear all about the anti-colonial hostility brimming under the surface in Hawaii, but it’s just spaghetti in our ears. D’Souza never makes a connection between Obama and this movement. It’s laughable, but there it is.

Sure, it’s funny. It’s so stupid that it’s funny. But all great comedy is rooted in tragedy. And as the 20 or so of my fellow audience members (yes, they live among us even in the blue states) applauded the final credits of the film, I couldn’t help hoping that there were more than just box office similarities with the last hugely popular election season documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11. That film made $120 million, but it also turned a lot of people into Michael Moore haters. And, most significantly, it did not help defeat its target, George Bush.

Not surprisingly, D’Souza has said he was inspired by Moore’s success with Fahrenheit 9/11, so I think we can make the circle complete by bringing these two together. As much as I’d like to see Obama weigh in on this, I don’t think it’ll happen. An equally compelling discussion can be had. Here’s the subject of the debate: Who loves America more: Dinesh D’Souza or Michael Moore?

Full disclosure: I couldn’t bear to be in a position to “support” this movie, so I may have bought a ticket to The Dark Knight Rises instead, and slipped into 2016: Obama’s America. I suggest you do the same, if you’re a masochist like me, and want to drown yourself in lies wrapped in celluloid.

Tom Roston
Tom Roston
Tom Roston is a guest columnist for POV's documentary blog. He comes to us as a ten-year veteran of Premiere magazine, where he was a Senior Editor, and where he wrote the column, Notes from the Dream Factory. Tom was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Brown University and started his career in journalism at The Nation and then Vanity Fair. Tom has also written for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, GQ, New York, Elle and other publications. Tom's favorite documentaries are: 1. Koyanisqaatsi - Godfrey Reggio 2. Hoop Dreams - Steve James 3. The Up series - Michael Apted 4. Crumb - Terry Zwigoff 5. Capturing the Friedmans - Andrew Jarecki
  • Steelcurtain223

    Haha, your analysis is hilarious. So you think this President is doing a good job and NOT fundamentally transforming this country? Good grief, I’ll steal a line from you, “they walk amoungest us”. And just to humor you, I stumbled on to this web site by accident. You’re a fool…

    • Eric Nelson

       Steelcurtain, keep drinking the Fox news juice that wants to split America into two countries: a Republican one and a Democratic one.  Or you could step back, look at facts, and make an assessment of a President, who is moving America forward.  Try it for once.

      • Donaldrr18

        Explain again how this president s moving the U.S. forward. With a 16 TRILLION dollar debt your direction may be about 180 degrees off.

      • Punjab

        Muwhahahahaha! WOW! That must have hurt. Let’s see, the country is nearly split down the middle with opinions of differing standpoints. Yet, the media outlets are an almost one-sided, landslide in favor of the liberals. So, how is it, with only ONE, major, media outlet in this country, in favor of the conservatives, that we find ourselves in an ALMOST even deadlock? It doesn’t strike you as odd? Who REALLY needs to step back and take a look at what is going on. I favor no party in this country. Yet, I find it incredulous that people believe that our country is recovering. Though this response is not a timely one, it holds true. You actually had even less of a reason to be praising Obama when he was re-elected. He has accomplished almost nothing for our nation. He and his parties numbers suck in relation to the economy and well-being of our fellow citizens. Now that Obama’s Sequester is in place, what have you to say for yourself? He was the one who established it, and utilized it as a leverage tool. Then, he tried to denounce it and label it a creation of the opposition, so it would look like the conservatives were behind the dismantling of his favored social programs. Even that failed, as the sequester arrived. And, now what? Nothing. I laugh at you and all who are unable to look at our politicians and call them out for the lousy, perpetrators of douchebaggery that they are. You Eric Nelson, are one such citizen, who has been buffooned.

  • Sasebone

     Several idiots on my Facebook believe what they saw and the same nasty book this fella wrote.  I am surprised at educated people who swallow this and negative email forwards and never really do their homework before speaking or posting more of this crap on their Facebook.  Has America gone mad? 

    • Jo

      Yes America has gone mad.  Specifically–in November of 2008.  Thanks for asking.  

    • Shawn Alan

      I’m surprised so many people are fooled by Obitler, that part of america has gone mad.

    • jay b

      What i dont understand is Obama has two young daughters who will probably get married and have children of thier own and they will have some too who will continue to live in this country under whatever it remains or becomes from this administration now why would mr Obama tear down a country that his girls will remain in living and working going to school in ect ?.now if Obama takes his family and moves out of the country to somewhere else i can see mabey all these fairy tales in this movie making sense,i just dont believe all the hype about this guy now if he turns out to be the anti -christ ill be the first to admit i was wrong about him! but this movie has been proven to have muddy facts that have been fact checked ,its amazing to me how seemingly smart people cant seen to engage in critical analisis and deductive reasoning and check this stuff out instead of going to some movie made by a 3rd paty and say OMG he said it so it MUST be true lol! well whoever wins nothings really going to change as long as presidental candidates are lawyers and millionares and have vested interest in companies that these policys affect and special interest and big oil and other compaies are in thier back pocket influencing thier vote on things NOTHING will ever change and the regular American peole will be the ones that suffer…….

      • Punjab

        You said, “well whoever wins nothings really going to change as long as presidental candidates are lawyers and millionares and have vested interest in companies that these policys affect and special interest and big oil and other compaies are in thier back pocket influencing thier vote on things NOTHING will ever change and the regular American peole will be the ones that suffer…….”

        With at least that much of your post, I agree completely. Don’t know about the rest either way. Both sides are experienced in the art of argumentative deception.

  • DanMD

    Hey Tom,  Did you REALLY see the movie or go to Dark Night like your movie ticket stub indicates?…And if you really did go, it sounds like you had your mind made up before you went in.  Let’s see; you write for the LA Times, The New York Times and PBS.  I think my minds made about you and your opinions.

  • Andrea Occhionero

    There was no humor in this film at all. I was frightened by what I learned. This was a well written and documented film. You are sick to think this was funny in any way. For or against Obama, this was crucial for all Americans to see and hear. No humor in this at all. Ask the 9/11 victims, survivors, and the military how funny and hilarious this is. I think you need to go see a doctor.

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  • Arthur_wright

    Empty cans rattle the loudest… I guess that is why democrats always have so much to say!

  • Tinamariegrubb

    Anyone who is affraid because of this theoretic horse crap is the one that needs to see a doctor

  • pjhowell1954

    Saw the movie last night and left depressed, because I knew you left wing liberals would claim it’s untrue!  You need to watch Fox News to get the fair and balanced truth!!  They are so fair and balanced there really is no voice on TV that balances out the throngs of liberal “talking heads”!  I miss Glenn Beck on TV!!!  Find him at

    • Katharine Engler

      umm there is no fair and balanced truth on fox news. I don’t mean to be rude but they report things from a republican perspective. I actually know republicans who cant stand watching that channel because they feel it sets a bad example for what republicans are and how they act.

      • Punjab

        The US does not have a fair and balanced media outlet, PERIOD.

    • Bigger Picture

      ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… oh wait… I think you’re serious??! OMG…

      • Punjab

        OMG? Does that stand for “Obama Must Go”? ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. If it does, you’re right. Unfortunately, this response, post-dates one of the saddest moments of our great nation’s history; his re-election.

  • Jo

    Let’s see… Brown (check)…The Nation ..(check)…LA Times (check)….Vanity Fair…(check)…NYT…(check)….  I think we get the picture.  The only thing offensive is the totally partisan people they pick to do reviews of movies this guy wouldn’t like if Obama stood up and admitted it was all 100% true.  Even then you would pan it.  Same ole, same ole.  Yawn.  

  • Guest

    I saw 2016.  It supported what I had already learned about Obama when he was running for president.  Anyone paying attention with half a brain could pick up the things that are not right about this president.  It made perfect sense for D’Souza to leave the scene with Obama’s half brother in the film.  Obama’s half brother had a normal view of the world which showed the contrast between him and Obama.  He said, “Obama has his own family to take care of.  He also made the interesting observation that those countries who were under the rule of Britain the longest, fared better economically and socially than countries who rebelled earlier.  I’ve never heard that assessment anywhere else.  You watched the movie with such a strong liberal bias and expectation that every scene must be tailored to bash the president, that you missed the point of that clip entirely.  You even openly admit that you don’t understand why the scene was left in the film at all.  You expected D’Souza to do what liberals do.  If some piece of information comes along that can’t twisted to fit their agenda, they leave it out entirely.  My case in point:  watch how information is presented by the parade of idiots on MSNBC.  If that’s not enough, how about the lie being spread that Mitt Romney said, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”.  Romney never said that.  The New York Times slapped that headline on an op ed piece Romney provided when asked to comment on the failing auto industry in Detroit.  The libs are quoting the NY Times headline, not Romney.  If anyone has not seen the movie 2016, please see it and decide for yourself.  I found it very worthwile.

    • Punjab


  • Jon.C

    Actor Jon Voight is correct when he said that there is a  strong liberal bias in the American media. Case in point, read the above. It has become so transparent to anyone who pays attention. And that is why Obama will not win the next ellection. The medias influence has lost much of its power because of its blatantly obvious bias for all things Democrat.

    • Ric Mason

      Looks like you’re contradicting yourself Jon.C. If the media are so bias in Obama’s corner, doesn’t that mean they will make sure he only gets good press, and in the end- wins?

  • Doc Soup Man

    Thanks for the comments folks, but could someone address the main premise of the movie, “2016: Obama’s America,” as well as my response to it: that Obama is an anti-colonialist and anti-American who is purposefully gutting our country and propping up others in an attempt to destroy the American Empire. Do you actually believe he is willfully (or subconsciously, to appease his deceased father) doing this? Do you actually believe that D’Souza believes this?

    • Singerburch

      Yes and yes. Obama’s words, Obama’s actions.

    • Shawn Alan

      Yes and yes.

    • barefoot721

      They believe they don’t like the president… and this gives them more fuel for the flame that is really what’s tearing down America… their hatred, ignorance and misunderstanding of what it really means to be an American.

    • Joshua

      Dinesh made a ver. clear connection between him and his father. You only heard what u wanted to hear. You fact stacked to yourself. This may sound prejudice at first but bare with me. In my area there are many psychiatrists. Many of whom are of indian decent. I notice and agree with Dinesh taking a psychological angle on this as I find many indian families in my area to be very psychologically focused, introspective peaceful level headed people when it comes to our soul, our being, and our family. It is no secret that doing what is called a psychodynamic pathological evaluation is one of the best ways to determine ones source for their thoughts, feelings, motives and a myriad of other behaviors the stem from their past. As a liberal pawn psychology often gets overlooked and ignored even when it is a key component for piecing together one’s history and timeline from past, present, and into the future. Through Psychodynamics one can make a very clear case for the negative effects of one’s father abandoning them during the developmental formative years of his life, growing to idealizing his absent father tremendously, learning years later that his father was a rotten wife beating alcoholic, and then before having an opportunity to make peace with himself and his father over this news he dies tragically in a car accident because he was drunk driving. Things like this lead to distorted thinking, mental illness such as Bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder and destructive behaviors. Most children who suffered from the abandonment of a parents suffer from what is known as the iceberg effect (look it up if you don’t believe me). Childhood abandonment leads to over-idealization and deep deep rooted psychological issues. The effects of thr abandonment live far beneath the surface, even below the contempt and shame they feel below the visible emotions they show the rest of the world. So not only do I believe that Dinesh believes what he is saying and is dead on I will add that I believe obama is more than just trying to appease the global wishes for his father, I believe he is avenging his father’s death and blames the colonialist society for killing his father. Obama believes (opinion) that the colonialists made his father the angry alcoholic that he was thereby leading to his death.

      • Punjab

        Excellent! Very well stated.

  • omelight

    Tom, what kind of ugly water did you drink?  You certainly brought out the vile Rubignican nut heads…

  • Deborah Naert

    Bo is a far left secular progressive… anyone that thinks this guy is interested in your welfare better get some brains quick… He is on a power trip and has no ambition to help anyone but himself… DON’T listen to what he says………… WATCH WHAT HE DOES!   

    • afkjna

      Bo the dog?! I can’t believe it?!

    • Arguman

      Everyone knows Bo is a Dogmatic Dudeist

  • Mzeelee

    I didn’t find the movie funny at all.  Bo is a liar, deceiver and a Chicago style politician, which may be redundant. His actions have all the humor of a Blitzkreig without the noise.  No, the movie didn’t support the title – especially the part about the United States of Arabia – hah- Arabs can’t agree on anything. But the content stands as a quiet, well-presented background of the leader of the free world who has been driven since birth by the idea that EVERYBODY needs to be controlled. 

  • Kathyroe32

    ” I felt it attacked Obama on the things the liberty movement actually favored in Obama. The attacking of Obama were things like “Obama doesn’t favor attacking Iran” etc etc etc. Doing a fact check, I think Obama DOES favor attacking Iran. I thought it was very interesting. It was propoganda like “Obama hates the constitution, and he also wants to repeal the patriot act!!!!!” stuff. You’d hafta really understand liberty to understand the anti-liberty, pro-neocon propoganda of this film. It was absolutely red meat to conservatives. I goto hand it to the scumbags who have taken over this country, they really know what they are doing.” This review is on target. People believe anything.

    • Shawn Alan

      He definitely DOES NOT favor attacking Iran, and to boot he is abandoning Israel.

    • Punjab

      You said, “… I goto hand it to the scumbags who have taken over this country, they really know what they are doing.”

      I just want to say that I agree. No matter which side of the red/blue spectrum they are on.

  • Rpdawg

    2016 explains and shares what the liberal media hides and distorts.  The writing’s on the wall. obama doesn’t believe in Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (the American Dream).  Bogus Collectivism and Income Redistribution is his style.  What ever happened to Rugged Individualism, and Self Reliance?

  • Rpdawg

    By the way Eric Nelson…..”forword” is a well know marxist slogan.

  • Troutdog

    This whole discussion is very disappointing. Why isn’t the DOC people screening out all of the conservative comments? Another thing,I was watching a another DOC called “Gathering Remnants: A Cowboy Tribute”. Many of us consider the Doc Channel a Liberal safe haven. But here we go waisting time with a Doc that glorifies the conformity of hard work. i used to love this channel,but seems you dont understand who really has supported you.
    Just so you know. there are too many people in the world for a true democracy or republic. The only answer is a better Communism. There I said it. All of us educated people understand this.The Democratic party and the media (like the DOC channel) needs to understand,they need to help the liberal main stream reach this recognised utopia. Please quit glorifying hard work. There are enough rich conservatives to make life comfortable for all of us. Please be supportive of our agenda…

    • Shawn Alan

      Stop drinking the kool-aid, move to China if you want communism and take all the other libtards with you.. We don’t want you or it here.

      • Kyoto

        Right now China is watching every move the US is making they are buying up foreclosures left and right. I found the film scary and if u dig a little bit u would know. Also the 3 banks that were going bankrupt and Obama bailed them out were buying up guns and ammunition and hiring mercenary’s from Russia. To get ready to put all Christians in FEMA

      • Punjab

        You misunderstood Troutdog’s point, I believe.

  • isa

    2016 a fiction movie funded by the Koch brothers that are spiking gas prices and funding Romney, Corruption, corruption, corruption

    • Shawn Alan

      I know you’re making that up, so I know you’re a liberal. The movie was funded by 12 anonymous donors, and nowhere does it state who they are. You isa liar.

      • Logan Johnson

        12 anonymous donors contributed to a $2.5 million film. That’s a little over $200,000 per donor. Regardless of whether it was the Koch Bros, it is obvious that the people who funded the film stand to lose the most if Obama is re-elected. This was an excellent review of the film, calling it out for what it is.

  • Shawn Alan

    Anyone that actually believes that Obama is moving america forward is truly either ignorant and/or blind, much like the “independent journalist” that wrote this pile of crap article.

  • Steve

    Just one more reason to defund PBS. No reason for the taxpayers to support these liberals Let them go find Jobs in this Obama economy

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  • mike

    nothing funny or offensive about it

  • Shandy

    I dont think you saw the movie at all. All Americans need to know the facts. If the things in this movie where not facts, Im sure Obama has enough power to have stopped it. He doesnt care if its shown because he knows he has so many fooled and wont even bother to see it. He is going to set back and laugh at how stupid some American are. People need to vote for the person who is trying to build a better America for the future and not destroy us. People shouldn’t vote on the party they are, but on the best man for the job. I would rather have a morman than a muslim. If Obama gets another term, America has committed suicide.

    • eep

      And people shouldn’t vote on a canidate based on who’s a morman and who’s a muslim, but on who is the best person for the job.

  • Rebecca O’Reilly Boyle

    I saw the movie and fail to see anything hilarious about it. It was a documentary and not extreme either way. I also watched the PBS Front Line show about The Choice 2012. It also contained some of the information in the D’Souza documentary.

  • Lhpolice

    Just a tip- “WTF” should never be used when writing an article. Oh, and garbage argument

  • Anonymous

    Funny? I thought it was pretty scary.

    • JoeShcmoe

      That’s because you aren’t that smart.

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  • Ron Crowelly

    I just finished 2016, i voted for Romney, and im glad i did. Tom Ronston you are a fool, and a sheep if you actually believe everything you read in the media. How can you not question our nations leader after the incident in Benghazi, which was not publicized nearly as much as it should have been? Nixon gets impeached because of watergate, but Obama still has yet to face consequence after this fishy business, Come on!

    • Baracko

      Haha idiot, you lost. Go obama!

      • Punjab

        Go Obama and keep using your mouth for what it is best intended, a Kizok holster.

      • Anonymous

        go back to africa obama and take your nasty ugly family with you–all of them

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  • Get real

    Get a clue before it’s too late… On second thought, never mind, your a true believer and a complete fool!

  • zizoo523

    I too have recently watched this absurdly hilarious depiction of Obama. Obama is by definition a colonialist. A president who has done nothing to help atrocities in the world, but rather accelerate the as was the case in Honduras. The greatest absurdity is Obama’s apparent affection and sympathy with the Palestinian cause.( an insult to these people). he has approved more aid to Israel in relation to weapons than bush and was nowhere to be seen when kids were dying daily in gaza. I wish Americans would begin to read more diligently! close to moronic- rant over

  • Anonymous

    defund pbs–idiots

  • Dumbass tom

    HAHAHA TOM ROSTON you fell out of the stupid tree you stupid f*ck…. I would love to run into you somewhere.

  • Amalia Dragutzza

    i remmeber i saw this movie on

    to be honest i really liked the documentary and hope it can be watched by everyone, this way it all can be understood better.

  • Brad Shaw

    Offensively funny? Yet so far 100% accurate. How do you work that out?

  • Tico Tazo

    “He connects the dots for us, saying the aforementioned assertion is President Obama’s wish because he wrote in his book Dreams from My Father that he wants to realize his father’s dreams. It’s a jaw-droppingly stupid reach, but there it is.”

    His father wrote that he was in favor of 100% taxation in exchange for “commensurate” goods and services. Barack’s Kenyan grandmother (by marriage) and a close friend of Barack Obama Sr. state with pride that Junior’s views are identical to his father’s. But the aforementioned is Obama’s wish not only because of his father’s influence (through what his mother told him about his father and through his idealized image of his father, which his sister challenged), but because of the influence his mentors (including his mother and grandparents) had on him. It’s not a stretch to reason that Barack would grow up to hold the same beliefs and level of conviction as they. (He did become the POTUS, after all.)

    “But when he interviews the brother, the guy isn’t having it.”

    What would you expect George to say? C’mon, now. Even if he wanted to throw Barack under the bus (as Barack has done to others), it would likely lead to estrangement not just from Barack but from the rest of his family and make George look weak. Besides, everyone knows one can talk trash about one’s own relative (as Auma did about Barack Sr. to Barack), but if anyone else (Dinesh) does it, family loyalty kicks in. George’s reply revealed him to be a responsible person – at least when it comes to financial matters. (If only we had more people with his “I’m over-age. So I help myself,” attitude here.)

    Here are the main takeaways of the conversation with George:
    A) If Obama speaks of us being our brother’s keepers politically, then it stands to reason he should practice it within his own family. But he doesn’t. This makes him a hypocrite. (surprise, surprise) I don’t necessarily think George’s colonialism views are what keep Barack from helping him, however; has Barack helped ANY of his relatives? I do think it’s ironic though, that Barack is eager to “help” people if it gets him votes. And no one has said whether Barack even offered financial help to George. If so, I’d think Barack or George would say so as it would make Barack look benevolent for offering and George look noble for turning it down. Win-win. It makes me wonder: If Barack believes hand-outs truly help people, then why not show his brother some love? Could it be that he’s ok with giving away taxpayers’ money but not his own? Maybe he fears more relatives lining up behind George. If so, why does he call conservatives selfish for applying the same logic to welfare and other government giveaways?

    B) George points out that colonialism has brought good as well as bad to occupied lands, while Barack’s upbringing and actions point to him working to build up formerly occupied lands at America’s expense. Some may say, “So what? This is a good thing he’s doing.” But if that’s true, then why doesn’t he just come clean with us about it? Mr. Roston, if you’re focusing on George’s reluctance to disrespect his brother, then you’ve missed the point entirely.

    “First, D’Souza builds the case Obama’s menacing anti-American mother can’t bear to let his American-leaning Indonesian stepfather influence him to be too pro-American, so she sends young Obama to…
    America! Did D’Souza ever take a moment to think that this totally contradicts his case?”

    Did you even watch the movie? She sent him to live in Hawaii (a state where anti-colonialism was and is still a current issue) with his far-left-leaning grandparents who sought out and befriended the communist
    columnist Frank Marshall Davis and later asked him to mentor Barack, which he did for 8 years. Just the fact that she sent him away based on her new husband’s political views (who does that?!) and that her father connected with Davis says quite a bit about the degree of the family’s devotion to their ideology. And if questioning an ideology is merely frowned upon in typical families, what price would young Barack have had to pay for such disloyalty? I doubt it ever crossed his mind to find out. Considering all of this, it’s the opposite of a contradiction.

    I think Obama’s relatives and mentors believed they were/are noble. Doing and believing the right things. Truly wanting to help certain people and guide Barack down a path of righteousness. But socialism and communism don’t help anyone but the people at the top and the ones who help them stay there. Countries around the world have proven that time and again. And weakening America is dangerous not just for America, but also for the countries who depend on our economic and military strength – not to mention our technological and medical
    advances. D’Sousa made a great case. You just don’t want to see it.

  • disappointed reader

    coming in late, so I doubt anyone will see this comment – but have to make it anyway.

    I have not seen the film yet, but if Mr. Roston, “couldn’t bear to be in a position to ‘support’ this movie…” before he saw it, what chance do readers have of reading anything resembling an honest review?

    Shame on you, Mr. Roston. If this is the standard to which PBS holds its authors, it deserves to lose all funding, government, corporate, or otherwise.