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Movie Review: "2016: Obama's America"

2016: Obama's America
http://2016themovie.com/press/
Graphic from Obama's America website. 2016 Obama’s America takes audiences on a gripping visual journey into the heart of the world’s most powerful office to reveal the struggle of whether one man’s past will redefine America over the next four years. The film examines the question, “If Obama wins a second term, where will we be in 2016?”

HOMESTEAD - Dinesh D'Souza painted a picture of a young man who the felt pain of not really knowing his father, and concluded that it is quite understandable that he adopted his father's ideological intellectual mortar. Rooted in the left wing movements that went hand in hand with anti-Imperialism in the former British colony, the punchline of the film was that the ideological worldview driving President Obama, was very similar to his father. To reinforce this point, D'Souza interviewed a close friend of the late Barack Sr and asked him if he thought that President Obama sounded like his father; he responded that "they were the same, like one" with an index finger raised, clearly using the hand gesture to communicate the idea that they were like one. Agree with it or not, this is the truth about the documentary.

The bottom line is that "2016: Obama's America" is a documentary that explores a theory that D'Souza claims is an explanation that makes sense of the seemingly erratic leadership of President Obama. It should be understood that it is a documentary of similar construct as those that are popular on the History Channel that presents theories outside of mainstream academia, however unlike the conclusions of historical documentaries, D'Souza concludes with a bang as the elements leading up to that point are reassembled in conclusion to project a future possibility of what Obama's would look like if re-elected; ergo the use of 2016 in the film’s title.

You will most certainly learn facts that you were unaware of in the film, but aside from the interesting theory that does appear to explain a puzzling man who past and action are difficult to connect together coherently, D'Souza's conclusions were disappointing. His projection into the future of Obama's America in 2016 was a nation that would by Obama's design collapse economically under the burden of runaway debt, dismantle its entire nuclear arsenal and just watch as Islamic nations unite to form a caliphate of sorts as the United States of Islam.

All or none of the above are possible, but my personal opinion is that although a "you ain't seen nothin' yet" version of Obama in 2012 is the most likely Obama to emerge if re-elected, I am not convinced or inclined to conclude myself that Obama wants to destroy the United States of America.