GorT had a wonderful Thanksgiving (minus I-freaking-95 from Richmond to DC on Saturday evening) and with a little downtime and unwinding on Friday evening, I watched Obama 2016, the movie, with my in-laws. It has an interesting premise – basically, we should not examine President Obama in the traditional, American liberal democrat sense but rather as one who has been heavily influenced by a number of anti-colonialism sources including the ghost of his absentee father through his mother. The movie is based on the New York Times bestseller by Dinesh D’Souza. The promo for the film claims that it answers where America will be in 2016 if Obama wins a second term but I think that oversells it. It does a better job of answering some of the questions about Obama that we don’t know and that the press largely failed to ask or investigate in the last six or so years.
While I agree that it is, as Dinesh D’Souza postulates in a news clip used in the film, another view of Obama (from the anti-colonialism perspective), I think the belief that Obama is systematically implementing policies through the office of the President to deconstruct the America we know in a reaction to colonialism is a reach. I still maintain that Obama can deliver great speeches (particularly from teleprompters) but I don’t think he is that savvy – I think there are those around him that are manipulating him to advance their own specific, little pet issues.
I do recommend seeing the movie at some point to gain a perspective that is not widely known but don’t read it too much or expect some grand prognostication about 2016.