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Obama movie stuns box office observers, but where art thou?

THE TRUTH: I am not a fan of Dinesh D’Souza. I think he comes across as a far rightwinger, and I worry that his prominence via this movie will turn off independent voters. I hope I’m wrong. But I’m one of those indepedents and he makes my skin crawl. There. I said it. UPDATE: You’ve all convinced me, and I stand corrected. Besides, I signed up for the movie’s Twitter account and the first Tweet I got was Andrea Tantaros’s op-ed in the NY Daily News on Obama’s relentless negativity. Tantaros! And her writing! I am impressed, @2016themovie, and I retweeted you.

However, I am blown away. Not since Fahrenheit 911 has a political documentary gone so viral. When 911 came to town, there were lines ’round the block every night. People came from 50-100 miles away to see 911. The downtown theater (later made so famous in the Twilight series that teary-eyed tourists came from JAPAN to see the movie in that dump). As of 2003, the theater hadn’t gotten a new sound or projection system, or been cleaned, in 40 to 50 years. The projecter broke down, we couldn’t hear the dialogue, and it was so dusty, I couldn’t stop sneezing and had to leave. (No, I wasn’t allergic to Michael Moore; it was 2003, eons ago politically.)

Now, to see Obama’s America? It’s not at the dump and we’d have to drive 75 miles. (For your options, see IMDb or the film’s list.)

From Deadline | Hollwyood‘s article, “Anti-Obama Movie Stuns Hollywood For #3; Other Newcomers & Holdovers Weak Friday; Only ‘The Expendables 2′ Can Break $10M”:

[On August 25, 2012] The Expendables 2 will finish in first place … [then] Universal’s The Bourne Legacy … and the Rocky Mountain Pictures’ documentary 2016 Obama’s America in third place after starting out Friday #1. That’s stunning because it’s playing in a 1/3 less theaters across North America than [wide release actioners].

Here’s the movie’s trailer:

More goodies at the film site include the Press Kit (PDF).

  • foxyladi14

    from my face book page.
    Excellent excellent movie. Every American should see it before they vote.

    Stop being zombies and following this man just because he is 1/2 black,
    he is a radical communist that desires nothing more than the
    destruction Of America!! And he has said so and we don’t believe him!!!
    Wake up America and take your country back from the tyranny we are
    headed for!!!

  • bbf

    I won’t go to see the movie..because I don’t want to see Obama and can’t stand the sound of Obama’s voice.

  • FormerLiberal9

    I really liked the movie 2016 but as good as it is I think the soon to be released movie ” Hope and Change” will have a greater impact on this election. “Hope and Change” will give disappointed Independents and life long Moderate Democrats permission to vote for Romney. It will show these voters that they are not alone in their feelings of disappointment with Obama.

  • TeakWoodKite

    You worry after the independents, Bronwyns. All of us. We are the largest segment of the political spectrum. How did that happen?
    They KNOW when they are being lied to. One of the most difficult challenges in filling a “blank slate”, is defining and making the edges of perception clear. I will most certianly add 2016 to my DVD “hit piece” collection.
    Since Hillary Clinton sued and lost, Obama scolds the Justices and not one soul thinks the blame should be place squarely at the the outcome of try to prevent unlimted monies by third parties.
    What is the difference?

    In 2008, a conservative group called Citizens United produced Hillary: The Movie, a 90-minute documentary in which Hillary Clinton, then seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, is variously described as “deceitful,” “ruthless,” and “cunning,” as well as “dishonest,” “reckless,” a “congenital liar,” and “not qualified as commander in chief.” For ideological balance, Dick Morris says that “Hillary is the closest thing we have in America to a European socialist.” The movie did not expressly urge voters to vote against her. It simply implied that friends don’t let friends vote for evil people.

    Slate March, 2009

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Superb reply. I am speechless. That may be your best comment ever, Teak.

      • TeakWoodKite

        Ah shucks. ;?>

  • HARP2

    I have not seen the inside of theater since I took my son to see Star Wars but I will see this, just to bump their numbers.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      That is hilarious! That was like 35 years ago! Or more. I remember because I lived in Los Angeles at the time and saw “Star Wars” at the Chinese theater in Hollywood — which had FABULOUS projection, sound, the whole enchilada. We were all blown away, and I don’t even like sci fi movies!

  • foxyladi14
    • FormerLiberal9

      Thx for the link.

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    here is the link to see what theaters are playing it.

    http://2016themovie.com/theaters/

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    well, I’ve never heard of this man Dinesh, but I will be going to see this movie, either tomorrow or if I get off work early on monday.
    Ann coulter and al gore (who I voted and campaigned for in 2000) make my skin crawl.

    I’ve heard very good reviews of this movie, can’t wait to see it. It will confirm what I think of Barry Soetero.

  • twobits2

    There is another anti-Obama documentary coming out soon produced by Dems with Dems being interviewed – it’s called “The Hope and the Change” – the producers, including Pat Caudel (sp) were on Hannity last night. It’s pretty damning, too.
    Bronwyn, I was calling myself an Independent after the Hillary debacle – started coming to this blog because it was the only blog that was supporting her. I’m still a registered Dem – I’m in CA, so there was no point in changing my registration for the primary. It was a pleasure, however, to not mark any Dem boxes on the ballot. That said, I cannot see myself voting Dem anytime in the near future and I was a Dem for 40 years (first vote was for Hubert Humphrey in 1968).
    As far as Dinesh D’Souza – someone who was far right was the only one who would be able to do this film – it’s all a matter of balance.

  • jrterrier

    What I have found striking about the trailer, which plays regularly on Fox is that it uses a reading by Obama himself from his book in a very provocative way to raise questions that were deemed off limits in 2008 and since then. While Dinesh may be creepy to some, I think that because he is Indian-American, he is less subject to a charge of racism as would be the case if the movie had been done say by Trump or Clint Eastwood.

  • HELENK2
    • HELENK2
    • DianaLC

      I have such clear memories of watching that first step on the moon. It was absolutely one of the best television watching moments of my life. We were all so young, hopeful, and sure of our futures in those days.
      Each time I had a child, I hoped he would become an astronaut and that by the time he did there would be ways for civilians to catch a ride. They can now—IF they have enough money.
      And I remember many of my grandparents’ generation thinking it was all a Hollywood stunt. They were sure that God would not approve. These were people who came here to escape the bolsheviks. They crossed into Europe in wagons and rode barges down rivers to get to the port where they could cross the ocean to America. They had a hard time trusting that telephones were not just toys and that the voice you heard through them was really talking to them. I loved my grandparents and great aunts and uncles, but boy the changes they lived through.

      • BronwynsHarbor

        What a beautiful story, Diana. You write so well — you paint portraits with your descriptions.

  • DianaLC

    Finally came to my area. I’m going tomorrow for sure.

  • tigaroo6

    I saw the movie yesterday. I believe everyone that can should see the movie. Here is a link to reviews of the movie.
    http://www.fandango.com/2016obamasamerica_157117/moviereviews

  • HELENK2

    this is off topic

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/25/us/politics/romney-in-crisis-two-dark-spots-in-fortunate-life.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

    this article gave good insight into Mitt Romney.
    he is the guy who says when sh-t happens, study the problem and find ways to solve it or lessen the impact of the problem.

    while backtrack screams ” don’t blame me when a problem arises.

    our choice this election

    • NoQuarterUSA

      Open thread coming along any moment, but no matter! I’m tickled you found that. Can’t believe it’s at the NY Times … that means something … is the NY Times trying to play nice now that Romney is a serious contender?

      • NoQuarterUSA

        Oops … I forgot to change outfits again. Bronwyn here signing off and back in as myself.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          There. That’s better. These pants fit better too.

          • FormerLiberal9

            Do you have to wear Larry’s pants or something to be a moderator?

      • FormerLiberal9

        Thanks for the link shared it on Facebook.

  • BronwynsHarbor

    Why isn’t the movie available via Per Per View? And I can’t find out when it will come out on DVD. Trust I’ll find out when Amazon starts offering it.

  • HELENK2

    it is playing at my local theatre. I plan to see it Monday afternoon

    • BronwynsHarbor

      OH GOOD. I cannot wait to hear about your reaction. If you want to post a review, let me know.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jack-Kolkmeyer/1081903515 Jack Kolkmeyer

    re:…Dinesh D’Souza ” he makes my skin crawl. There. I said it.” I feel exactly the same way about Michael Moore….and Al Gore for that matter….

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Jack, I get what you’re saying. But I just wanted to point out that I am still on that long tortured journey from Democrat to Independent to … someday … Republican? (I doubt I’ll ever get that far, although my November ballot is going to be — well, if it could be colored — it would be BRIGHT RED.)

      What I just wish is that it mattered who I vote for in my state, which is dark blue on every damn electoral map. How I wish I could quickly move to Ohio — actually, that droves of us could move to Ohio — and get registered to vote. What would we need? About 100,000 people? Hey, a girl can fantasize …

      • HObama HObamanana

        4 years ago you wouldn’t even have to live in Ohio to vote, just show up at someone’s residence, have mail delivered there and vote. Or you could say that you were homeless and list a park bench as your residence. I’m thinking that this year may be a little different.

      • TeakWoodKite

        Have they outlawed plastic bags at the supermarket yet or started charging 10 cents a paper bag in up in your state?
        I have this fantasy of political nomads wandering from state to state with the singular goal of changing the balance of power in that state…. about half a million people would do the trick.
        Hey a kite can fantisize too, no?

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Nope. We get paper or plastic, free. But I do voluntarily recycle them, as much as possible. Mostly, I reuse them — the plastic bags are great ways to clean the litter box, in small quantities at a time … that way, the garbage isn’t stinky and it is also not too heavy for me to carry out to the garbage. My BIG problem is putting the garbage bags in the garbage bin. It is too tall since I’m so bent over, and I cannot lift the heavy metal lid and hoist the garbage bag into the tall bin at the same time…. nor can I toss the lid open. I can’t reach high enough to shut the lid. So I have to act helpless — which I am, ha! — and hopefully some young person comes along …

          Anyway, if you can pony up the moolah we need for a gigantic deluxe motor home — complete with satellite TV — we will hit the road, Jack, and vote in every state!

          • TeakWoodKite

            My sane half mentioned the coming absence of bags in CA. I also use and recycle. I just don’t understand how everyone is going to bring their own Zabaars bag… Or 10 to bring the grub home…
            First order of biz is to figure out how to build a mobile home to move so many people. The only viehicle I have seen pull that of is Obama’s bus.

    • TeakWoodKite

      and Barak Hussien Obama, aka Barry Soetoro

  • http://twitter.com/ChimpelleObongo Chimpelle Obongo

    Loved it. Very powerful. You just have to go see it.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      COOL. Btw, I tried to find the DVD version … not out yet. Wonder if the Pay Per View will be available soon. I never do PPV, but this is one time …

    • win43

      So, um. That username is blatantly racist. Everybody here is cool with that?

      • DianaLC

        I don’t see an upvote. It’s definitely a racist post. It’s wrong. There! And you really thought any of us would approve of it.
        Just don’t try to make the jump to the opinion that all people who dislike Obama’s policies and behavior dislike them because the person who dislikes them is racist. Can’t tell you how many, many, many times the AA delegates for Hillary were taunted and told they were “Uncle Tom’s.” Can’t tell you how often older voters were almost abused because a large percent of the older voters were Hillary supporters, and sometimes they were AA and were being bullied by young AAs. (We can show you testimony to that effect.) So were those young AAs and the ones calling other AAs “Uncle Toms” also racist?
        I saw way too much totally despicable behavior from Obama supporters during the ’08 primary and from the MSM, and from Obama himself (middle finger to his cheek when talking about Hillary, taking the stage to “99 Problems and a Bitch Ain’t One”) to ever condone despicable behavior from an anti-Obama commenter.

      • BronwynsHarbor

        Win43, read DianaLC’s comment. It would have been ideal had you simply alerted us about Obongo. But, whatever … Larry will sort this out.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Any fool can come to this blog and up-vote a comment. Disqus used to state who liked what, now anyone can do something and no one is the wiser. If you’ve read comments from most of the people here you would know that no one speaks that way, or allows anyone else to do so without severe admonition.

      • http://noquarterusa.net Larry Johnson

        When folks referred to Bush as chimpy I don’t recall you or anyone on the left ventilating about “racism.” What’s good for the chimp is good for the chimpanzee.

    • win43

      Here’s a representative comment from this repugnant commenter’s history:

      Chimpelle Obongo posted a comment in Romney slams Obama in tough new speech · 11 days agoHussein Obongo is afraid to release its college transcripts because they will show that it applied as a foreign exchange student and lied in order to get the ‘guvment cheese’ that the mulattos and the apes all live off of. From cradle to grave these savages live with their monkey paws stretched out in the ‘gibs me dat’ position. Time for the nignogs to be sent packing.

      • win43

        I should note that I’m not attributing any of this to NQ at all. Just… yuck.

        • NoQuarterUSA

          Thank you, Win43.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Thanks.

      • TeakWoodKite

        Moderator; might I suggest that since this offensive comment did not appear on this blog and is made without attribution that it be striken from the record? As the Obot Win43says it has nothing to do with NQ and is an intentional attempt by Win43 at smearing the NQ’s website by “link association”.
        Win43 is a vile little POS for it’s fasination of Obama dust.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          AMEN! Will change my clothes again, dress up as a Moderator, and do it immediately.

          • TeakWoodKite

            I hear you Bronwyn. I just wished the Obot Win43 would have alerted you without reposting such BS. My point is that Win43 didn’t do anyone any favors by reposting it. A simple “bigot” alert would have worked. My apologies if I am off base, but that crap hits sail with me. :)

          • foxyladi14

            Thank you luv.

        • NoQuarterUSA

          Teaky, see my comment to Win43 … I googled Obongo … if that Twitter account belongs to the same Obongo, we don’t want Obongo here. Instead, we want Win43 HERE. Here’s what the Twitter account says — well, no. I am not going to post Obongo’s self-description. You can click on this link and see for yourself.

          Win43 may have done us a big favor.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Teak, do go to the Twitter link for that Obongo person. There’s something off there…

          For such a disgusting low-life racist, Obongo certainly writes proper English and spells exceedingly well. Words like neutered and syphilis are not easy to spell correctly, even for high school graduates.

          The attempts at rap-like lingo are suspiciously fake in appearance.

          I am wondering if it might be an Obama person posing as a white racist in order to try to trick Romney supporters. I could be wrong … have been many times.

          • HObama HObamanana

            Some really nasty stuff at that twitter link. Don’t know who the person is affiliated with and really don’t care. Not my values, not how I speak or accept speech from others.

      • win43

        Works for me.

  • BronwynsHarbor

    BIG QUESTION: Have any of you seen it?

    • Hokma

      I rarely go to a movie today because so many are over-hyped and awful.

      While I am sure this ia a very good movie, I probably will not see it because I knew it.

      When it appeared he would beat Hillary I read up on him and was deeply disturbed. Obama was not a garden variety liberal. In fact, he was more than a European socialist. He believed in Communism. Ignorant democrats and the media blindly supported him. What has resulted was unfortunately predictable.

      One more term of him and the United States will have dug a hole it may never get out of in our lifetime and the lifetime of our children if ever.

      I believe that much of the delusion regarding Obama is that many Americans really never learned the true history of this country and what its founding was really about. Instead many grew up with manufactured myths that far left educators and politicians created as a way to perpetuate the changes they sought.

    • HObama HObamanana

      Not yet. But I intend to.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Actually just noticed that it is showing locally. They apparently expanded the coverage since it’s been such a hit. May just go see it tomorrow. Or Monday at the latest.

        • HObama HObamanana

          After reading some of the comments and reviews about the movie it seems that most of what it has to offer I already know and have known for a long time. So I may or may not see it. Can’t make my mind up.