Tim Cavanaugh on 2016: Obama's America


Dinesh D'Souza's film 2016: Obama's America is made at a higher level of production than any of the many negative documentaries made about George W. Bush, Tim Cavanaugh writes. It treats its subject with much greater fairness than any of those filmst and is arguably a bigger box office draw than any of them. As 2016 breaks through a wall of mainstream media hostility and opens wide today, Cavanaugh says in his review that the film is made with great emotional and narrative power. But D'Souza's thesis that the president is still possessed by his late father's anti-colonial radicalism and to a lesser extent by his grandfather's mid-century-vintage leftism does not fully explain the extent of Obama's failures or the special awfulness of his presidency.