By Mitch Goldberg
As I have been gearing up for tonight's election, a RedBox movie that recently caught my attention was 2016: Obama’s America. I assumed that it would be a radical movie arguing why people should vote against Obama; however, the movie surprisingly covered Obama’s cultural influences and his work over the past four years, and it stayed away from discussing the election.
Obama 2016 is a documentary written by Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative Indian-American political commentator who seems bent on delving into the President's past. This film is the highest grossing conservative political film in the United States to date.
The film also predicts what America will look like in 2016 if Barack Obama is elected: our debt will increase and our military strength will wain. The movie has been fact checked though by numerous sources, all of whom have concluded that D’Souza is telling the truth. However, his predictions for the future seem a bit far-fetched.
Although D’Souza stated clearly in the beginning of the film that “he is not trying to bash Obama in a crude way” the Obama administration felt differently. The Obama campaign responded to this film by calling it an “insidious attempt to dishonestly smear the president.” This response from the Obama campaign is overblown because D'Souza's tone is calm and reasonable. The film does not draw any radical conclusions nor does it bash the president personally in any way.
The film is flawed, but it is a good conversation starter for voters in tonight's election. Regardless of what anyone thinks about Obama, it is important to take time to think about where we will be in 2016 if Romney is elected or if Obama is re-elected. Vote accordingly.
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