My wife and I went to see the movie (trailer) yesterday. It is based on Dinesh D'Souza's "The Roots of Obama's Rage." I know many here (and elsewhere) will simply call it the conservative version of Fahrenheit 911, though many who actually watch it tend to disagree.
---At 5:00 on a Saturday, I was surprised to see the theater at least 50% full. The audience was almost exclusively white and mostly senior citizens and middle aged couples, with some exception.
--Despite what one might think, the film is not all that partisan. It doesn't even really swipe at Obama's policies until the last 10 minutes or so.
--The film's central premise is that Obama is embracing his father's fight against Colonialism. D'Souza uses this as a "framework" to explain Obama's actions in office. It comes across as a very credible premise.
--Much of the film focuses on Obama's own words in Dreams From My Father.
--The most interesting (and frankly, concerning) aspect is the discussion on Frank Marshall Davis. D'Souza documents that Davis was Obama's mentor and close friend. Davis was also a registered member of the Communist Party. This section is part of a look into Obama's influences and associates.
--The most disappointing aspect is that D'Souza doesn't spend much time talking about the film's title. He gets into a few minutes of what will happen if Obama is reelected, but that, of course, is all just prediction and supposition (often by others).
Overall, I'm glad I saw it. I learned some new things. I don't know that I totally buy the premise that Obama is merely acting on his father's anti-colonialist crusade, but I do think it's certainly part of what drives him. I see him more as a man in conflict. I still don't think he knows who he is. Is he a leftist? A moderate capitalist? A dove? A hawk? A socialist? A patriot? Black? White? The reality is that he is all of these...and none. While I also think Obama is very wrong on matters of policy, I think this lack of identity is what truly makes him such a poor leader.