i am no fan of mr. obama, but we must be careful of things like this movie. becuz the premise is one we would agree with we tend to overlook certain truths becuz to admit to them might mean things are not as we want them to be.
i saw the movie and then read the following review and must say that i agree with the reviewer:
2016: Obamas America: Fact checking conservative author Dinesh DSouzas film (NY Daily News)
WASHINGTON 2016: Obamas America, a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obamas political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh DSouza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what DSouza calls the anti-colonial beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the presidents life.
To document that claim, DSouza travels to Kenya to interview members of Obamas extended family as well as to Hawaii and Indonesia, where Obama grew up. He also cites several actions and policy positions Obama has taken to support the thesis that Obama is ideologically rooted in the Third World and harbors contempt for the country that elected him its first black president.
The assertion that Obamas presidency is an expression of his fathers political beliefs, which DSouza first made in 2010 in his book The Roots of Obamas Rage, is almost entirely subjective and a logical stretch at best.
Its true that Obamas father lived most of his life in Kenya, an African nation once colonized by the British, and that Obamas reverence for his absent father frames his best-selling memoir. DSouza even sees clues in the books title: Notice it says Dreams From My Father, not of my father, DSouza says.
But its difficult to see how Obamas political leanings could have been so directly shaped by his father, as DSouza claims. The elder Obama left his wife and young son, the future president, when Obama was 2 and visited his son only once, when Obama was 10. But DSouza frames that loss as an event that reinforced rather than weakened the presidents ties to his father, who died in a car crash when Obama was in college.
DSouza interviews Paul Vitz, a New York University psychologist who has studied the impact of absent fathers on children. In Obamas case, Vitz says, the abandonment meant he has the tension between the Americanism and his Africanism. He himself is an intersection of major political forces in his own psychology.
From there, the evidence DSouza uses to support his assertion starts to grow thin.
DSouza says Obamas mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, shared his fathers left-leaning views. After living in Indonesia for several years, DSouza said, Dunham sent the younger Obama to live with his grandparents in Hawaii so he would not be influenced by her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian who worked for American oil companies and fought communists as a member of the Indonesian army.
Ann separates Barry from Lolos growing pro-Western influence, DSouza says in the film. Obama has said his mother had sent him back to Hawaii so he would be educated in the United States.
In Hawaii, DSouza asserts with no evidence, Obama sympathized with native Hawaiians who felt they had been marginalized by the American government when Hawaii was becoming a state. DSouza also asserts again with no evidence that Obama had been coached to hold those views at Punahou, the prestigious prep school he attended in Honolulu.
Oppression studies, if you will. Obama got plenty of that when he was here in Punahou, DSouza says, standing on the campus.
In Kenya, DSouza interviews Philip Ochieng, a lifelong friend of the presidents father, who claims the elder Obama was totally anti-colonial. Ochieng also discloses some of his own political views, complaining about U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Iraq and saying the U.S. refuses to tame Israel, which he calls a Trojan horse in the Middle East. DSouza seems to suggest that if a onetime friend of Obamas late father holds those opinions, so too must the president himself.
DSouza then goes through a list of actions Obama has taken as president to support his thesis. Many of them dont hold water:
DSouza rightly argues that the national debt has risen to $16 trillion under Obama. But he never mentions the explosion of debt that occurred under Obamas predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, nor the 2008 global financial crisis that provoked a shock to the U.S. economy.
DSouza says Obama is weirdly sympathetic to Muslim jihadists in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He does not mention that Obama ordered the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and the drone strikes that have killed dozens of terrorists in the region.
DSouza wrongly claims that Obama wants to return control of the Falkland Islands from Britain to Argentina. The U.S. refused in April to endorse a final declaration on Argentinas claim to the islands at the Summit of the Americas, provoking criticism from other Latin American nations.
DSouza says Obama has done nothing to impede Irans nuclear ambitions, despite the severe trade and economic sanctions his administration has imposed on Iran to halt its suspected nuclear program. Obama opposes a near-term military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or Israel, although he says the U.S. will never tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran.
DSouza says Obama removed a bust of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from the Oval Office because Churchill represented British colonialism. White House curator William Allman said the bust, which had been on loan, was already scheduled to be returned before Obama took office. Another bust of Churchill is on display in the presidents private residence, the White House says.