At the conclusion of his film “2016: Ob
ama’s America,” producer and star (or featured narrator, if you will) Dinesh D’Souza asks viewers whether we will pursue the American dream or Barack Obama’s dream.
That dream, as D’Souza argues, is the defeat of oppressive colonialism that manifested itself in the rise of the United States as the dominant world power at the expense of the Third World. In short, Obama seeks to right the wrongs identified by the most radical Communist sympathizers and activists of the post-World War II world, chief among them, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. D’Souza, utilizing Obama’s first autobiography, takes viewers along for a journey into Obama’s upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia, and his alleged self-discovery in Kenya at his father’s grave.
One aspect of the film that D’Souza may or may not have intended to come across is the fact that Obama’s childhood story is actually quite sad. As the movie restates, Obama was shuffled about from Hawaii, Indonesia, and back to Hawaii. His father aband
oned him and his mother to gallivant in North America and at Harvard, fathering several children by different women, all the while abusing some of those women and drinking heavily. D’Souza portrays the elder Obama as a frighteningly selfish and irresponsible lout.
Obama at times lived with his mother and her husband, Lolo Soetoro, in Indonesia. Interestingly, as D’Souza points out, Soetoro worked for an oil firm and was virulently anti-communist. However, Obama’s mother rejected Soetoro and made it plain that Obama senior’s politics were honorable, Soetoro’s dishonorable. Young Obama was then shipped back to Hawaii to live with his grandparents there. Obama never really had a foundational home base and his childhood brings to mind the term dislocated. In many respects, Obama was a lost little boy.