"2016: Obama's America" is a brave attempt to answer the question no one asked in 2008: Who is Barack Obama? One of the main reasons I didn't vote for Obama is because he was such a mystery. We knew everything, and too much, about John McCain and Sarah Palin, but asking deep questions about Barack Obama was met with hostility and accusations of racism. That resistance and the media's blatant lack of interest told me something wasn't quite right with him. With Dinesh D'Souza guiding us through Obama's life, childhood to presidency, we're given the opportunity to know things we should have known four years ago. Think about it? How could a nobody senator from Illinois, who spent much of his time in the senate campaigning, become President?
Does D'Souza answer the question? Almost, not quite. He leaves you with more questions because, knowing the America we know, it just doesn't make any sense how we've allowed ourselves to get to this point. He does the best he can placing himself in Obama's shoes and traveling to the places where Obama spent much of his life, using Obama's own words as his guide. We go to Indonesia where Obama lived with his mother and step-father, and Kenya where his father is buried. We even get to meet George Obama, the long lost brother no one wants to talk about. We learn about the man who mentored a young Obama and the terrorist he called "friend." We are given a clearer picture of who he is and why his values are what they are, but for whatever reason it's not enough. However, that's not the point of this film. The point of this film is for us to take a glimpse into the past so we can better understand our future if he is to be re-elected, and that's how the "not knowing enough" is powerful.
In retrospect, I'm glad I waited to see this film because it puts last week's event into perspective. Our weak reaction, our lying administration, it all makes sense. What also makes sense now, because of this film, is the media's blind need to protect him. I have a better idea where our country could go if we re-elect him and I now understand how our plight affects the rest of the world. It's important for us as voters to consider not only the events that are happening now, but also the hypothetical "what ifs" of the future. "2016" is hated by critics, of course, but it's unexpected success is damaging to Obama's campaign. Americans are a curious people and have a bad habit of wondering what the big deal could be.