How Dinesh D’Souza Pulls a Michael Moore in His Movie About Barack Hussein Obama

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July 27 2012 12:04 PM

Only in His Dreams

In his new conservative doc, Dinesh D’Souza travels the world to get the goods on Barack Hussein Obama.

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Lowering NASA’s horizon to “reconciling with Muslims.” Our evidence is a pander-rific interview NASA administrator Charles Bolden gave to al Jazeera.

Using force” against “what he calls genocide” in Libya, but not to stop “even greater genocide” in Syria. Be a sport and give him this one, too, but the “force” in Libya consisted of a no-fly zone; the Syria situation is evolving.

Dropping “America’s ally Hosni Mubarak,” but failing to support the “green revolution” in Iran. Obama didn’t intervene in either case, and his administration didn’t call for Mubarak to step down.

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Making no “meaningful” moves against Iran’s nuclear weapons programs while “reducing stockpiles in America.” It’s the most terrifying accusation in the movie. We see Obama sign the new START and cut our warhead count from 5,000 to 2,500. We see a world map where America’s nuke count drops to zero as its enemies build and build. (Almost tied for scariness: A scene in which the Middle East unites into a swollen Caliphate, surrounded by thorns.) “A world without nuclear weapons?” scoffs D’Souza. “Dreamy idea.” It sure is. Ask any anti-colonial black liberation theologian, from Ronald Reagan to John McCain.

Give D’Souza some credit: He lets the audience see when he’s caught up short. There’s none of that teeth-grinding, aren’t-I-smart-didn’t-I-getcha interviewing that you catch in a doc like Inside Job. D’Souza’s biggest journalistic coup is an interview with George Hussein Obama, one of the president’s Kenyan cousins, momentarily famous in 2008 when it was revealed that he lived in poverty. The Other Obama, it turns out, thinks that colonialists should have stayed in Kenya longer than they did.

“Do you really believe that?” asks D’Souza.

“It’s true,” says George Obama. “They would have developed us. Instead, we were fighting over nothing!”

Alas, D’Souza wants George Obama to be angry over how his famous cousin has treated him. He hasn’t been his brother’s keeper, has he?

“Go ask him,” says George Obama. “He’s got other issues to deal with.”

“He’s too busy helping the world?” asked D’Souza.

“Yeah,” says the cousin, not really interested in badmouthing the president. “He’s taking care of me. I’m part of the world.”

That’s it for cousin George. On to a re-enactment of the young Obama kneeling and bawling in front of his father’s grave. If you’re serious about re-arranging facts, hire a few actors.

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