Dinesh D’Souza, a man who buttresses his punditry with an excess of imagination and a dearth of education, is once again posing under the klieg lights, this time for his new documentary entitled 2016: Obama’s America. Based on the author’s book The Roots Of Obama’s Rage, D’Souza imagines a world on the virtual brink of the Apocalypse should President Obama, leading the Horsemen’s charge, be reelected in November.
Three days prior to its nationwide release (August 24), Fandango reported the film was already number one in presales on their website, while the International Business Times stated the film is already among the most successful conservative documentaries of all times.
Expect some highly inventive scenarios from D’Souza. After all, the pundit’s vivid imaginings are well-documented in his book The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11, in which he blames the terror attacks of September 11 on “the media, Hollywood, the non-profit sector and the universities.” And while promoting his book on The Colbert Report, D’Souza proved he could magically weave any American, living or long-dead, into his tapestry of terror-blaming. According to the book’s author, President Franklin Roosevelt was indirectly responsible for 9/11:
“FDR gave away Eastern Europe through Yalta, and then the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the Muslims had to fight back and that’s where bin Laden got his start.”
And with that logic, you might as well blame God since he created the Garden of Eden, which was located in the Middle East, and God put oil there and …
In his newest foray into alarmist absurdity, D’Souza proves once more that grabbing at the brass ring of legitimate journalism is well beyond his grasp. In an exclusive clip provided by The Hollywood Reporter, D’Souza panders and weasels through his interview with the president’s youngest half-brother, George Obama.
In an effort to hit the president in the area where he’s strongest (likeability), D’Souza flies to Nairobi, Kenya, in an attempt to find, at least, a spark of familial animosity. Never one to be discouraged by the truth — such as the fact that there is no conflict between the brothers (who only met for a few minutes when they were children) — D’Souza presses on, flinting hard at wet stone determined to build a bonfire of angst against all facts to the contrary.
The author/filmmaker states that Mr. Obama “lives in rubble on a few dollars a day while his powerful, multimillionaire brother doesn’t lift a finger to help him.” He begins his conversation by saying to the president’s sibling that during the previous election the media reported that “Obama had not done anything to help you.”
Mr.Obama responds “I think he has a family of his own…”
But D’Souza won’t accept it and presses further, “Right. Don’t you think that you’re a part of his family?”
“Yeah, I’m part of his family, but I’m over-age, so I help myself.”
Seeing that George Obama had nothing negative to say about his tenuous relationship with his half-brother, D’Souza smooths it quickly with, “You’re an adult, you can help yourself, I understand.” Then he goes right back in, “But let me put it in a different way…”
Then in a voice more appropriate to announcing naptime at daycare, D’Souza persists, saying that the president recently quoted a “famous story about Cain and Abel” saying that all Americans need to be “our brother’s keeper.”
“Now my point is: you are his brother, has he been your keeper?”
“Go ask him,” George shrugs. “He’s got other issues to deal with.”
“Well, he’s taking care of the world – but don’t you start at home?”
Mr. Obama, over-talks D’Souza, “He’s taking care of the world, I’m part of the world.”
“So you’re saying that he doesn’t have to help you directly?”
D’Souza, clearly unable to uncover any acrimony between the brothers, then quickly shifts gears and heads down another rabbit hole to chew on one his favorite subjects: colonialism and its lasting effects. He opens by discussing George Obama’s pro-colonialist stance which he detailed in his own book, Homeland: An Extraordinary Story of Hope and Survival.
Simon & Schuster reportedly paid Mr. Obama six-figures for the story of his life in the ghettos of Nairobi. And how many people would have been interested in George Obama’s story had he not been the president’s half-brother? And where did all that money go? But, of course, D’Souza didn’t ask those questions.