I’ve just learned of a second substantial, serious, very professional documentary (The Hope and the Change), soon to appear, that will be critical of Barack Obama’s presidency. The first, 2016: Obama’s America, is apparently already beginning to do fairly well at the box office.
I’ve seen neither film yet, but I have hopes of at least being able to see 2016: Obama’s America – though probably not for (minimally) three weeks. Still, I’m rather happy about the appearance of these two movies.
For many years, political conservatives have been confronted by the quite successful, elite-media-puffed, mulitiple-award-winning propaganda documentaries of Michael Moore (e.g., Roger and Me, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko, and Capitalism: A Love Story, which Mr. Moore explicitly characterized as a film designed to “support” Barack Obama). And then there’ve been the docudramas of Oliver Stone. (Docudramas strike me as a wonderful way to teach history — I have in mind the relatively recent television miniseries on John Adams,, for example — but they’re also, with their seamless interweaving of fact and pure invented fiction, a dangerously powerful way to subtly convince their audiences that false and often highly tendentious “history” is real history.)
Anyway, I’m serenely content to see the political Right finally, at long last, availing itself of the powerful persuasive medium of film — and, thus, no longer ceding that arena entirely to the political Left, which has the natural advantage of having dominated New York and Hollywood for the past forty or fifty years.