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Buffalo Chips – Movie Review: 2016: Obama’s America

With elections coming up President Obama has been presenting to the people his plans
for future America…again.
America wanted a leader that had a vision for change and they invested their hope in a new kind of president.
Filmmakers Gerald R. Molen and Dinesh D’Souza reveal our president’s past,
which they believe is the key to understanding Obama’s intentions for the country.

The documentary begins with D’Sounza telling his own “American dream.” He was born in Mumbai, India and came to America to study at Dartmouth College and after graduating, worked for the Reagan administration and later worked for the magazine Policy Review. After comparing his own life to Obama’s oddly similar life, viewers are walked through what Obama’s childhood was like. D’Souza interviews a psychologist about his concerns for Obama’s absent father during his lifetime and suggests how that could affect him as a leader. D’Souza also interviews  Obama’s half brother George Obama. If you have unanswered questions about his past they will very likely be answered in the first 45 minutes of the movie.


After he talks about the people that didn’t directly affect Obama’s life he moves on to a more important question. Who were the most influential people in his life that crafted him into the leader he is today? In his new book “Dreams of my Father” Obama makes his father out to be his inspiration and leadership role model. The problem is the most important leader in his life was his father, who was never around and neglected him.


Molen and D’Sounza introduce 5 important people thoughout Obama’s life that reveal a lot about his leadership and decision making styles. They present an argument that he want to reduce the United State’s influence in the world but at the same time increasing th influence of other foreign nations that he thinks might have been held back economically or militarily because of the U.S. While making another nations stronger, it seems America is being made weak and venerable as our President stops all nuclear production and other nations continue to increase production.

Before you declare this movie just another bash the president fest, go actually watch the 89minute film and then you can start the smack talk. This film answers questions but also brings up new ones. So if you sit down to watch it try to do so with an open mind and watch it before the elections, not months after when it’s available on Netflix.


“Emotionally engaging, 2016 Obama’s America will make you confounded and cheer as you discover the mysteries and answers to your greatest aspirations and worst fears.”

“Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.”


Delaney Bentley
Staff Writer

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