Love him. Hate him. You don’t know him.
That’s the subtitle of 2016, a documentary about President Barack Obama. I didn’t know him–and after watching this film I feel I do.
I found the trailer disjointed and unappealing but the film is excellent. It did help me know Obama and his worldview better and understand more clearly what drives him. I can now see reasons (though I may not agree with them) behind decisions Obama has made which seemed puzzling or contradictory to me.
In this documentary, narrator (and author of the book the film is based on) Dinesh D’Souza makes the case that Obama’s “dream” for America is his radical socialist, anti-colonial (bigamist) father’s dream—not the American dream. D’Souza describes Barack’s book Dreams from (not “of”) My Father and asks viewers to consider what America will look like if Obama continues to lead us toward the realization of his father’s dream.
Born in Mumbai, India, Dinesh D’Souza is the same age as Barack Obama and grew up in a very similar culture, one which fanned Barack Sr.’s “anti-colonial view that blames Western colonial exploitation for the poverty and suffering of the Third World.” Much of what his son does seems to involve punishing and crippling America in order to strengthen and compensate to the rest of the world for perceived injustices.
D’Souza himself, rather than adopting a “blame” mentality, came to the U.S. as an exchange student and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1983. From there he went on to work in the Reagan White House as a policy analyst.
Like both Barack Obama and Dinesh D’Souza, I grew up outside the United States. I think D’Souza explains convincingly how being raised in a colonial culture could account for an American president who seems to be no friend of the country he heads.