CHICAGO, September 24, 2012 — This isn’t
And it is this Chicago – now only a month or so out before the critical 2012 presidential election – that received filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza with a spontaneous standing ovation Saturday after seeing the film, “2016: Obama’s America.”
This weekend, “2016” hit the $32 million mark, earning it a coveted distinction: top grossing documentary of the year and the second biggest political documentary of all time.
Fans and foes alike agree that it is D’Souza that is to blame for the film’s success.
It is an artistically compelling – if controversial – approach that weaves D’Souza’s personal experiences growing up in
D’Souza’s conclusion: Obama’s dream is to fulfill the anti-colonialist mission of his father. A mission that seems contrary, even hostile, to American self-interest and preservation.
D’Souza was in
Ironically, it was just a few blocks away from here that then candidate Barack Obama declared his presidential victory to thousands of adoring, screaming fans in Grant Park.
But Chicagoans were not cheering for Obama this weekend, they were cheering for D’Souza.
Some came out of curiosity; others because they were disillusioned.
Still others came because they wanted to see D’Souza unfiltered by the media and critical denunciations of ‘2016.’
“Where are the jobs he promised?” said one audience member, who asked that her name be witheld.
Another was more emphatic after seeing the film, “Why is the President giving billions to
Still other Chicagoans wondered why President Obama’s family still lives in a hut in
“He wants to redistribute our wealth, so why doesn’t he share some of his with his half-brother [George],” reacted John Poshepny, an eastern
“You’d think being President would mean he would help his poor family,” said another filmgoer.
“Obama also has an aunt who – as we speak – is selling coal out of a sack in a small village in
Coupled with D’Souza’s matter-of-fact delivery, Obama’s own voice chilled the
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