CHICAGO, Illinois, September 26, 2012 – Dinesh D’Souza received a standing ovation after a screening of his hit film, “2016: Obama’s America” in Chicago - the President’s adopted hometown - this weekend.
During an exclusive Q&A with Chicagoans at the FreeCapitalismNow.com forum, D’Souza explained why he believes the “birther” controversy arose and why so many Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim.
The controversial filmmaker says Obama seems “foreign” to most Americans because he gets his public policy ideas from a “powerful third world ideology.”
Part 1 of a multi-part video series on President Barack Obama’s belief system.
KELLY: When I was watching the film I thought that if I somehow found myself in a Muslim country under the same circumstances as Barack Obama found himself in the United States of America and I decided that I wanted to run for President of that country and I expected for people to forget the fact that my name is William Kelly and my father’s name was William Kelly and my grandfather’s name was William Kelly and I studied in a seminary and I studied in Rome for a year. Would I be able to get Al Jazeera to kind of keep all that under the rug and become President of that country?
D’SOUZA: Well, the thing I find interesting about Obama – you know there’s a feeling out there that he might be a Muslim and the reason for the feeling is Obama’s peculiar hospitality – not to the Bin Laden guys. The Bin Laden guys are in their own category. Obama sees them as gangsters. But he has a different view of the guys that are captured in Iraq or Afghanistan. From that point of view he sees them as freedom fighters.
They’re actually trying to liberate their countries from American occupation. And when people see that they think: he wants to give these people constitutional rights? They are for American citizens. They don’t apply to aliens, let alone jihadis captured in foreign wars. And so the suspicion implants itself that Obama may be a Muslim. I don’t think he is – I’m giving an alternative explanation that makes sense of those same facts.
In some ways that even applies to the “birther” argument. There’s something about Obama that’s not home grown. There’s something foreign about him. Maybe he was born abroad. And what the film is saying is it’s not fundamentally where he was born, it’s about where does this guy get his ideas. The reason he seems foreign is because he gets his ideas – not just from a foreigner – his dad – but he actually gets them from a powerful third world ideology that is known to millions of people on the streets of Rio de Janeiro and Riyadh but never before have we had an American president who thought this way.
William J. Kelly is a conservative commentator and satirist. He is an Emmy award-winning TV producer and contributes to American Spectator and Breitbart.com. He is a native from Chicago’s Southside.
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