By Mark Feeney - “2016: Obama’s America” is really three movies. The first third of the documentary might more accuractely have been called “The Dinesh D’Souza Story.” He parallels himself to Obama in a way that would be endearing if it didn’t seem slightly megalomaniacal. They’re the same age. They’re of mixed-race backgrounds. They’re Ivy Leaguers. They also married in the same year. The implication is that D’Souza somehow has some special insight into Obama as a result.
That implied insight informs the next movie, which might be called “The Kenyan Candidate.” “Obama is embracing his father’s failed Third World collectivism,” D’Souza announces. He reads from Obama’s book “Dreams From My Father” and also plays selections from the audiobook version, which Obama narrates. The fact that Obama barely knew his father clinches the case, as D’Souza sees it. Dad’s absence allowed the future president to idealize him and internalize his views. D’Souza quotes from a 1965 article in which Obama senior supported tax rates of up to 100 percent. “Is this what President Obama means by paying our fair share?,” D’Souza asks...
...The film becomes increasingly overt in its opposition to Obama, as insinuation gives way to accusation and assertion. The final 25 minutes or so — the third movie — is like an episode of “The Colbert Report” with D’Souza as guest host. D’Souza’s manner throughout “2016” is measured and polished (he has a lovely speaking voice). But now in content, if not form, he approaches rant. Who knew that if Obama is reelected “the Middle East transforms itself into the United States of Islam”? The movie concludes with a title card: “Love him. Hate him. Now you know him.” Well, as the saying goes, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.
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