Obama Campaign Forced To Respond To Dinesh D’Souza Film
If there’s one thing absolutely no one in the Obama campaign is used to, it’s scrutiny of Obama’s past and his record. They’re used to a compliant media that reports everything with positive spin while ignoring anything that might make Obama look bad.
So imagine their surprise when Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film 2016: Obama’s America became the sleeper hit of the summer and then went on to become one of the most successful documentary films in America. One could argue that the success of D’Souza’s film is partly based on the fact that the American people know that the media has been protecting Obama for years. They want to know the truth and there is no greater threat to the myth of Obama than that.
People in the Obama campaign likely hoped that the film would be a flash in the pan and that by the time the conventions dominated the news cycle, the film would quietly go away. The fact that they’re responding to the movie after the DNC is proof positive that they were dead wrong.
The following story was published in The Hollywood Reporter today…
Filmmakers call it “the movie the White House doesn’t want you to see.” Apparently, they’re right.
Perhaps the president was hoping 2016: Obama’s America would come and go unnoticed like so many other political documentaries. But seven weeks after its opening, the film is still going strong, prompting Barack Obama to finally respond, which he has done through a lengthy entry at his campaign’s website that calls the movie “a deliberate distortion” of his “record and world view.”
The entry at BarackObama.com quotes from several negative reviews of the film and claims Dinesh D’Souza, who stars in the film based on his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, has a “long history of attempting to add a veneer of intellectual respectability to fringe theories, conspiratorial fear-mongering and flat-out falsehoods.”
The entry is dated Sept. 5, just ahead of the weekend in which 2016: Obama’s America became the second-highest-grossing political documentary in history, behind only Fahrenheit 9/11, and the sixth-biggest documentary of any kind. The movie has earned $26 million domestically since opening July 13.
Among the movie’s inaccuracies, according to BarackObama.com:
1. “D’Souza falsely claimed that President Obama said he didn’t believe in American Exceptionalism.”
2. “D’Souza falsely asserted that President Obama funded $2 billion in Brazilian oil exploration even though numerous fact checkers and reporters have noted that President Obama had nothing to do with the loan.”
3. “D’Souza falsely charged that President Obama backed Scotland’s release of the Lockerbie bomber only weeks after the Obama administration had put out a statement opposing Scotland’s decision.”
4. “D’Souza even claimed that President Obama passed the bank bailouts when the facts clearly show that it was President Bush who signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program into law in October 2008.”
The film, which its marketers dubbed, “the movie the White House doesn’t want you to see,” was in 2,017 theaters during the weekend and is expected to be on the same number this coming weekend.
For good measure, the website entry also bashes some of Obama’s harshest critics: Tea Partiers.
“It should say enough about D’Souza’s credibility that a movie catering to the Tea Party attacks someone for allegedly ‘anti-colonial’ views,” the entry reads. “His attempts to hide his lies behind pseudo-scholarly presentation and glossy production values cannot withstand basic scrutiny. The facts show that 2016: Obama’s America is nothing more than an insidious attempt to dishonestly smear the President by giving intellectual cover to the worst in subterranean conspiracy theories and false, partisan attacks.”
Notice that the four rebuttals given by the Obama campaign all begin with the filmmaker’s last name. That’s no accident, in fact it’s pure Alinsky. Since Dinesh D’Souza presents a threat to Obama, he must be attacked and discredited.
Try as they may, the Obama campaign will never get this genie back into the bottle. Their weak and late response to the film is an admission of its power.
I’ve seen the film and wrote a review you can read here.
America owes a debt of gratitude to Dinesh D’Souza. He did more real reporting in a 90 minute documentary film than the MSM has done since the run-up to the 2008 election.
BREAKING UPDATE: DINESH D’SOUZA RESPONDS TO OBAMA CAMPAIGN
BREAKING… EXCLUSIVE: Dinesh D’Souza is the conservative author of the best-seller The Roots Of Obama’s Rage which was the basis for the #2 political documentary of all time 2016 Obama’s America. He is also its co-director. He answers today’s slam on the film by the Obama-Biden campaign, which comes just as the movie is hot in battleground states and its producers are looking for a network to air it before the November election. D’Souza attacks the mainstream media for “refusing” coverage:
DEADLINE: What is your reaction to today’s Obama-Biden campaign slam of 2016 Obama’s America??
DINESH D’SOUZA: “I welcome Obama’s critique of the film. He has probably figured out that he cannot ignore it any longer. Obama’s response is a characteristic mix of name calling and false allegations. Some of the claims he makes refer to things that are not even in the film. Elsewhere Obama just gets it wrong. For example, he disputes that he funded $2 billion in Brazilian oil exploration. In reality, Obama has given billions of dollars not only to Brazil but also to Columbia and Mexico to drill for oil. On March 19, 2011, Obama gave a speech in Brazil in which he deplored the legacy of colonialism, promised technology and support for Brazilian energy development, and concluded “when you are ready to start selling we want to be one of your best customers”. The facts in the film stand up very well to the closest scrutiny. I think people should see 2016 and make up their own minds.