Movie Review: 2016 Obama’s America | #SOTR

Cover of "The Roots of Obama's Rage"

Cover of The Roots of Obama’s Rage

I honestly could not wait to see this film.  So much so that in hot anticipation of a sold out show, we bought our tickets on Fandango three days ahead.  So glad that we did because the show was indeed standing room only.  And by the way, it’s the number one seller on

Anti-Obama Doc Tops Online Ticketer Fandango 2016: Obama’s America is selling more advanced tickets than any other film, Fandango said. The feature, which is based on conservative author Dinesh D’Souza‘s book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, expands nationwide Friday after posting solid numbers in limited release.  ~Via MovieLine

While the film has been showing for three weeks in rolling openings, this weekend 2016 is showing in 1000 theaters.  That’s just 1/3 of the number of screens that a mainstream Hollywood blockbuster has at the three week point.  Conservatives across America are selling out theaters for a glimpse into the mind of the leader of the free world.  The film does not disappoint.

Dinesh D’Souza narrates the film from his perspective as an immigrant from India.  He very carefully and intelligently articulates that Americans expect improvement and upward mobility in our society. So much so that we do not fully appreciate that the very idea that a society can and should improve indicates a superior national mindset.  Where we see room for improvement, many immigrants see a land of milk and honey that is near perfect in comparison with their native land.

I would liken it to a person constantly surrounded by beauty becoming a bit immune to it.  America to me is that ultimate field of natural weeds; wild and free, in which you take the good with the bad, the ugly with the beautiful.  But the wild free nature also means that you are never stuck in a caste or idea of who you are. You dream the idea of your self big, successful and powerful.  Then you work hard, preparing yourself for the lucky moments that can only come your way in a wild free country like ours.

The anti colonial leanings of Mr. Obama senior (an ever-present theme in 2016) were assiduously passed on interestingly enough to Barack by way of his Marxist mom.  She was careful to insulate him from any positive view of capitalism, creating a cocoon of antithetical ideas that would be foundational for him as he grew up and followed the path his mother laid out for him.  The documentary warily avoids demonizing President Obama, treating him fairly on some points that I won’t spoil for you.  Nonetheless, the impartiality acquits Mr. D’Souza of any claims that he’s unfair or hateful in his treatment of the subject.

Of note is the care with which D’Souza investigates President Obama’s past traversing the globe in search of details that the media – our ever-present fourth estate, simply never cared to look into.

The most important part of 2016 is towards the end when D’Souza’s knack for looking into our nations future is on full display.  Make no mistake the future under a second Obama presidential term is worse than bleak.  Do not delay, purchase tickets to see this film.  If you must, drive a couple of hours to the nearest metropolitan area and see this film.  2016 Obama’s America is the most important movie you will see this year, be you American, or any other nationality, because as America goes, so goes the rest of this world.

About 2016: Obama’s America

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?”

Across the globe and in America, people in 2008 hungered for a leader who would unite and lift us from economic turmoil and war. True to America’s ideals, they invested their hope in a new kind of president, Barack Obama. What they didn’t know is that Obama is a man with a past, and in powerful ways that past defines him–who he is, how he thinks, and where he intends to take America and the world.

Immersed in exotic locales across four continents, best selling author Dinesh D’Souza races against time to find answers to Obama’s past and reveal where America will be in 2016. During this journey he discovers how Hope and Change became radically misunderstood, and identifies new flashpoints for hot wars in mankind’s greatest struggle. The journey moves quickly over the arc of the old colonial empires, into America’s empire of liberty, and we see the unfolding realignment of nations and the shape of the global future.

Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.

Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.

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    Michelle 25 August, 2012 at 22:09 Reply

    Thank you for getting the word out on this movie Stacy. I would only disagree with you that this is not the most important movie you will see this year, but most important movie you will see in your lifetime! That is if you are an American.

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    Jose Verde 28 August, 2012 at 08:20 Reply

    Fine Review. I have seen many reviews of the movie on the web – and they are describing a different movie than I saw. This was a low-key, respectful explanation of what motivates Mr. Obama and his thinking process. He is not a socialist, islamic, or even from the background espoused by Jesse Jackson wing of African Americans. He is not an Un-American – he is more a Non-American. His world view and passion against the colonial powers of the 20th century drives his decision making process. Love him or hate him – you will know more about him when you leave the theater. I thought Mr. Obama was very complex – but in fact he is very easily understood once you get the right lens to view him through. If you vote – you need to see this movie.

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    afroblazingguns 28 August, 2012 at 13:45 Reply

    “Anticolonial” leanings!? Are you saying that as if it’s a bad thing? Do you not understand or know the atrocities that occurred under colonialism? The exploitation!? The violence!? If Obama is a Marxist or anti-capitalist, he sure does have a funny way of showing it. I’ll let you in on a secret: I’m a Marxist and Obama does not represent anything I stand for so these assertions are ridiculous. If Obama hates capitalists, why did the Department of Justice fail to bring any criminal charges against Goldman Sachs for their role in the financial crisis of 2008. Hmm…I wonder was it because Goldman Sachs was Obama’s 2nd largest financial donor in the 2008 election. Obama’s administration has not prosecuted a SINGLE person from Wall Street! He’s pretty chummy with capitalists actually. He even EXTENDED, yes you read that correctly, EXTENDED Bush era tax cuts. If he’s such a Marxist, why is his educational policy “Race to the Top” a competitive, market based “reform” that ultimately punishes teachers and students but allow CEO’s (who usually have no real background in education) to make a profit? And as for the healthcare debate, it’s still not single payer health care! Actually, the healthcare plan that was driving the Right up the wall was actually very a conservative plan that is similar to Nixon’s plan back in the 1970s. It’s a very modest plan which is why conservatives like Gingrich and Romney supported plans like it, before the right went completely nuts and to the far right. In reality, Obama is a moderate and always has been and he and Romney have much more in common. If Obama is socialist, he’s a terrible one. Obama and Romney are both bought off by corporate hacks and anyone who believes either of them has their best interest at heart is a grade A fool.

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