2016 is a film worth seeing. My bride and I saw it tonight with our good friends, the Bushes (of Idaho, not Texas...)
And at the end of the film, the audience burst into applause.
I have not experienced that response since viewing "Braveheart" with my father, Bill Mansfield.
Examiner.com put it this way:
"The movie’s popularity is credited to Americans’ desire to know more about the man elected president four years ago who is asking for four more years via the November 6 election. Also, director John Sullivan credits the name recognition of the movie’s main character – President Barack Obama – as a key factor in the movie’s tremendous success.
Before earning this past weekend’s $5.1 million, the movie had already become the highest-earning conservative documentary of all time as well as the top money-maker of all documentaries released in 2012..."
Much of the film's content deals with the build-up and then the crushing blow of Barack Obama's discovery of his father, all the while maintaining an intransigent desire to follow the philosophy of a stranger named Barack Obama.
The man he followed was his father - a radical man, even for his time.
Not my father. My dad lived to build up America and to protect it.
Not destory it.
Obama's dreams from his father are SO not what my father dreamed.
Nor what most of our father's dreamed of, I'd imagine.
A brilliant point uncovered by Dinesh D'Souza in this film is that Obama's triumph 4 years ago had virtually nothing to do in the then-US Senator's mind with fulfilling ML King's dream, but rather it had everything to do with fulfilling Obama Sr's dream - a dream of anti-colonialism.
Obama Sr. lived and breathed anti-colonialism in a radical fashion. The list of socialist mentors he had (and that he introduced to his son) is breath-taking.
They saw their actions as breaking the system that so many african revolutionaries despised in the 1950's, 60's and 70's.
To me that was a huge "a-haa".
A revolutionary is often more skilled with destruction than with rebuilding. (Che was a victim of his own success in Cuba and an example of this inability.)
Secondly, the next "a-haa" I had was of realizing that in 2008 America wanted this young black man to succeed, even if his election was simply the first sign of success in the racially charged culture that once was America. People voted for him, not because they knew who he was and what he thought, but because they felt great about themselves as they voted in such an iconic image into the Presidency - the first black President.
(The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize seemed to fit the world's desire to acknowledge Obama's significant success, having just been elected, in much the same fashion.)
Whether you are an Obama supporter or you adamantly oppose him, this film is worthy of your time.
As the film blurb says: You may love him. You may hate him. But you do not know him.
I recommend this film to my friends who are honestly searching for what they feel about Barack Obama.
Dinesh D'Souza did a tremendous job with 2016.
Pay the money, go see the film!