An Amusing Review of D’Souza’s Documentary


Dinesh D’Souza’s new film, which documents not the life of President Obama as much as it does his own fantastic delusions about Obama being a radical anti-colonialist Marxist boogey man, has received a very funny review from a newspaper in Florida.

The movie of choice this week for people who hold the beliefs that A) America is the strongest, best-est country that God ever virgin-birthed and B) that that nation somehow just isn’t strong enough to survive eight years of centrist Democratic leadership, Dinesh D’Souza’s 2016: Obama’s America actually does not touch on 2016 much at all.

Instead, it distills the anti-anticolonialist jeremiads of D’Souza’s books—which already were to academic argument what fruit snacks are to fruit—into a eminently fast-forwardable travelogue through Nairobi, Kenya, Indonesia, and a magic-hour D.C., where D’Souza slumps about Droopy Dog–style in contemplation of the monuments and where flags are forever dancing on winds that we must presume are the world’s most exceptional.

For what it’s worth, his thesis concerns the reasons Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy early in his presidency. The only answer D’Souza entertains: that Obama is a Mau Mau anticolonial revolutionary driven to impress his dead, absentee father, a Kenyan who dared to write in 1965—two years after his homeland achieved its independence—that government regulation might sometimes be needed to rein in private industry. You might object, “But Obama has spent almost zero percent of his life with that father, and something like 75 percent of his life in the same private schools and Ivy League universities and institutions of power occupied by every other president of either party in recent American history.” D’Souza’s counter is to brandish Obama’s memoir and proclaim, “Notice it says Dreams From My Father, not Dreams of My Father.” Also: Bill Ayers! Jeremiah Wright! Edward Said, who once taught a class Obama took! NYU psychology professor Paul Vitz shows up to explain that the father who abandons a boy has a profound influence on the shaping of that boy, an argument that lays bare D’Souza’s debased rules of evidence: the fact that Obama senior was never around to radicalize Obama junior only proves that he did radicalize Obama junior. That explains why junior later went on to fulfill the dream of all Kenyan revolutionaries of the 1960s: passing the health care plan Republicans came up with in the ’90s.

There’s much more, including the reviewer’s top five most absurd moments from the movie.

Comments

  1. raven says

    What’s wrong with being anti-colonialist?

    IIRC, D’souza’s homeland, India, spent some time after WWII getting rid of the British and Gandi and Nehru are national heroes.

    In fact, the USA itself spent some time, money, and lives in a war to drive the British out of what became the USA. We celebrate it every year on the fourth of July, a national holiday.

  2. Chiroptera says

    If the US had real journalists practicing real journalism, most of the campaign coverage would look more or less like this.

    Well, okay, maybe with a bit more added facts and statistics and things, but, yeah, real journalists should be able to point at somebody saying something stupid and coming right out and saying that that’s pretty stupid.

  3. raven says

    Dinesh D’Souza – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    n.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinesh_D’Souza

    D’Souza was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, to Goan Catholic parents from the state of Goa in Western India. He arrived in the United States in 1978, …

    I’d be more impressed with D’Souza if he went back to his place of birth, Mumbai and demanded that Mumbai change its name back to Bombay and demanded that the Indian government hand over power to…the British again.

  4. d cwilson says

    The beeauty of D’Souza’s thesis is it doesn’t really matter what Obama does. Help his brother, not help his brother. Kill Muslims, not kill Muslims. Everything is proof that he’s a radical anti-colonialist (WTF?) Marxist.

  5. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne says

    I remember Paul Vitz: He’s the guy who wrote Faith of the Fatherless, which cherry-picks the lives of famous atheists to “prove” that what drove them to atheism was their fathers’ absence or ineptitude. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised that such a master of logical fallacy would be associated with D’Souza’s idiocy.

  6. says

    IIRC, D’souza’s homeland, India, spent some time after WWII getting rid of the British and Gandi and Nehru are national heroes.

    D’Souza was apparently from a Catholic family who benefited from colonial rule and was afforded great privileges that his poorer, Hindu/Muslim countrymen didn’t get. The upsetting of that oppressive, exploitative order was not good for his family, and apparently D’Souza still hasn’t gotten over it.

    D’Souza’s book and movie don’t really have much to do with Obama at all, it’s a projection of his anger at the loss of his family privilege onto the most visible target he can find.

  7. equisetum says

    Now might be a prudent time to ask if, of all recent presidents, Obama is the one whose daddy issues have most endangered Americans.

    Gee, I wonder who he’s talking about.

  8. Reginald Selkirk says

    Chiroptera #4: If the US had real journalists practicing real journalism, most of the campaign coverage would look more or less like this.

    I am encouraged by how much of the “mainstream” media is willing to point out the lies in the GOP campaign, and in Paul Ryan’s speech.

  9. says

    Another Indian-American celebrity whose family lost a lot of power when the British left India is Madhur Jaffrey, the actress and cook. Her autobiography Climbing the Mango Trees is a much more nuanced and interesting account of her childhood than D’Souza ever gives. (It has descriptions of food too.)

  10. says

    For what it’s worth, his thesis concerns the reasons Obama returned a bust of Winston Churchill to the British Embassy early in his presidency. The only answer D’Souza entertains: that Obama is a Mau Mau anticolonial revolutionary driven to impress his dead, absentee father…

    Alternately, the bust is still in the White House and there was one on loan to the previous administraion*. But that would be ridiculous.

    * Fun mental exercise: Imagine the tale of faux-outrage from the Right about Obama not returning one of them. Or that he only returned one of them. Or that the one that’s there is not displayed prominently enough. Or that it’s displayed too prominently. Any tale will do, as no matter what Obama does it’s wrong, even if he does the opposite or does nothing at all.

  11. kantalope says

    “D’Souza’s book and movie don’t really have much to do with Obama at all, it’s a projection of his anger at the loss of his family privilege onto the most visible target he can find.”

    Ayn Rand’s book doesn’t really have much to do with reality at all, it’s a projection of her anger at the loss of her family privilege onto the most visible target he can find.

    —whoa – will a whole generation of republicans start to worship D’Souza next?

  12. tainthammer says

    Believe it or not, I’m going to see this movie this weekend. I got into a Facebook argument yesterday with a friend by calling her out on the claim that Obama is trying to destroy the country. One of her friends then offered to pay for me to see this movie, undoubtedly expecting that after watching it I would see the light and denounce Obama as well. The guy even Paypalled me $40 for 2 tickets, popcorn and a soda! I suspect he’s going to be sorely disappointed when I give an honest review of this film.

  13. says

    From: How I became George Obama’s ‘brother’
    By Dinesh D’Souza

    Published August 16, 2012. FoxNews.com

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/08/16/how-became-george-obama-brother/#ixzz2572dpqKb
    A couple of years ago, George teamed up with a British journalist Damien Lewis and the two of them published George’s story in a book called “Homeland.” Yet according to Lewis, shortly before the book’s publication in America, the publisher Simon & Schuster decided to shred the entire print run, more than 20,000 copies. Lewis tried unsuccessfully to get an explanation from Simon & Schuster but to no avail. He now suspects that the White House convinced Simon & Schuster that George’s story might prove embarrassing to the president.

    From Simon & Schuster
    http://authors.simonandschuster.com/George-Obama/67749283
    George Obama

    George Obama lives and works in the ghetto in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the Huruma Centre Community Youth Group, and The Mwelu Foundation. He is presently setting up the George Hussein Obama Foundation to further his ghetto work.

    Homeland is now available in Trade Paperback
    Nov 12, 2011
    Homeland will be released on November 12, 2011 in Trade Paperback
    Nov 12, 2011
    Excerpt:
    Prologue from Homeland
    Feb 27, 2010
    Homeland will be released on January 05, 2010 in Hardcover, eBook
    Jan 05, 2010
    Homeland is now available in Hardcover, eBook
    Jan 05, 2010

  14. matty1 says

    I can’t be bothered right now to look up the link I posted before but the image of George Obama in crippling poverty without a friend in the world except D’Souza is bullshit.

    Based on his own statements he is personally doing OK financially and lives where he does to be close the Centre he works at. He is also far more interested in promoting that centre than in getting dragged into US politics and refused to criticise Barack even when D’Souza tried to goad him into it.

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