“2016 Obama’s America” vs “Becoming Barack”


By James Turnage-

I watched a documentary on Current TV last night. It was titled “Becoming Barack.” Current TV is Al Gore’s cable channel, so I knew it would show Mr. Obama in a favorable light. I figured I’d watch it, and if it became a trite political tribute I would flip to another network.

The film contains information about his childhood, his relationships with his mother and father, his search for understanding of what it meant to be black growing up in America, and his work as a community organizer in Chicago. It’s well done and very interesting. I didn’t change channels.

It is a true documentary. There are statements by many whom he worked with in Chicago, and also by his half-sister who told him the truth about his father. It is historical and factual, and, whether you like his policies or not, the film informs us about the character of our President.

There is another short film in theatres now titled “2016 Obama’s America.” It is badly misnamed. It is called a “documentary” but that is just not true. It is confusing for theatre goers because the first twenty minutes or so is merely the author talking about himself. The remainder is nothing more than conjecture. This film is actually a long, right-wing political advertisement.

A review of the film was done by blogger Jim Reeves. He wrote that the audience was 100% white. He even waited until everyone else left to see if he could spot one African-American, one Hispanic, or one Asian. Not one was to be found.

Documentaries are factual accounts based upon research and interviews with persons who have knowledge about the subject. This film contains none of that. The few interviewed who have actual knowledge of Mr. Obama had nothing negative to say. Those who did have negative things to say were offering opinions and “what ifs.”

The United States is a country that prides itself on many things. At the core of it all is free speech. The problem with allowing anyone to say anything is that too often the reader or listener has to sort out lies and truths. Unsavory people such as the Koch brothers are allowed to give false messages under the banner of “Americans for Prosperity.” This film fits into the same category. Those who already dislike Mr. Obama will believe it. Those who have open minds, and have read about the many good things he has done will make up their own minds.

There is a difference in this election, and it’s major. We have a choice not only to vote for the best man, but also for truth and morality. We can vote for someone who has actually worked for the middle class, or someone who employed them, becoming wealthy because of their efforts. We can vote for a man who has not changed his principles or a man who has flip-flopped on every issue possible, making us question where he truly stands on anything.

There are also major differences between the two parties. But one that doesn’t receive enough recognition is that Republicans support their candidates blindly, (for example; Palin). Democrats will criticize each other if they think they are wrong on the issues. Personally, I enjoy the latter. What made this country great was the ability to speak freely, to have open discussion on any issue. Free speech is only free if we refuse to be told what to think, and are not ostracized if we don’t follow the “party line.”

5 Responses to "“2016 Obama’s America” vs “Becoming Barack”"

  1. aldol (@aldol11)   September 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    liberals are frantic, they see the train wreck coming and they know they can’stop it. Even Obama lost his cool factor and panic is surfacing

  2. Susan Reynolds (@susanreynolds)   September 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    This alleged “review” is the biggest bunch of hooey I’ve seen outside something written by political operatives.

    First and most abhorent: One simply doesn’t review one film by saying negative things about a different film or by saying only white people go to see the other film. That means what? That one is a film that is for black people and the other isn’t? That’s race baiting pure and simple. And as someone who used to do undercover work for racial equality and has been involved in obtaining fair treatment for the races, sexes and handicapped, I take great exception to that tactic.

    Further, it disturbs me to think that anyone is pushing the claim “Republicans support their candidates blindly.” I’d like to see your studies that back that up.

    I spent years working within the Democrat system and didn’t know anybody in the party who didn’t drink the kool-ade while the Republicans I know are divided on a huge array of issues! All you need to do to see for yourself that what you say is not accurate is to attend a meeting of local Republicans or turn on Fox News at 5pm and listen to the arguments that just a handfull of conservative people have.

    While we’re addressing things people say, did you mention that the film you are supporting was narrated by Obama himself? Did you mention that anyone who watches can tell he is simply reading a script? Did you mention that it was a political film made by Obama’s backers called Obama Vision Parrners Llc?

    There’s a lot missing from what you mention about these films and also a lot missing from the view that Becoming Barack would have us buy about the president. It’s not fair to expect that this is the limited information we are asking our citizens to blindly accept.

    All I ask is for FAIR reviews that stick to the topic. All I ask is that writers write about the topic and don’t say stuff they can’t back up with facts, links, studies, whatever.

    • walkingdork   September 9, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      LMAO @ “Susan Reynolds”…

      Your entire cry-whining post is a bunch of “HOOEY”. 🙂

      #1 – if 2 films are out at the same time both portending to be “factual documentaries” on the same subject matter, it stands o reason that they’d be compared. So why the cry-whining?

      #2 – If only white people went to see the other it means that it’s targeting a particular demographic. Blacks, Hispanics & people of color generally don’t tune in to endure hours of GOP RACISM

      #3 – Suddenly, insensitive remarks about race bother you?!?

      Were you this upset w/your RACIST REPUBLICAN TEABAGGER BIGOTED REPS when they sent monkey pics of “Obama & his kids” Or when another TeaBagger rep said “Obama & his n*gger kids should be killed”? Or when a federal judge sent a joke re: “President Obama’s mother sleeping with animals”…?

      I’m calling BS on your PHONY GOP POUT-RAGE.

      #4 – you ABSOLUTELY blindly support your GOP REPS.

      Time & time again, I’ve provided FACTS that repudiate GOP LIES which you kool-aid drinking sheeple refuse to even acknowledge. You scream about my “lame-stream liberal media” & state on a matter of faith that it’s all lies.

      I have news for you Susan Reynolds –

      B. It’s your precious FOX FAKEWORK that lies to you.

      Fox News Wins Lawsuit To Misinform Public – Seriously

      Fox ‘News’ [sic] is the propaganda arm of the GOP RepubliCAN’T Bagger party. They are the only Fakework to have gone to court for the right to LIE & DISTORT the facts.

      Here’s the rundown:
      On August 18, 2000, journalist Jane Akre won $425,000 in a court ruling where she charged she was pressured by Fox News management and lawyers to air what she knew and documented to be false information.

      The real information: she found out cows in Florida were being injected with RBGH, a drug designed to make cows produce milk – and, according to FDA-redacted studies, unintentionally designed to make human beings produce cancer.

      Fox lawyers, under pressure by the Monsanto Corporation (who produced RBGH), rewrote her report over 80 times to make it compatible with the company’s requests. She and her husband, journalist Steve Wilson, refused to air the edited segment.

      In February 2003, Fox appealed the decision and an appellate court and had it overturned. Fox lawyers argued it was their first amendment right to report false information. In a six-page written decision, the Court of Appeals decided the FCC’s position against news distortion is only a “policy,” not a “law, rule, or regulation.”

      Baggers cannot LIE-AWAY an actual, factual, court-case, no matter how many tantrums they throw.

      Baggers don’t like this article?
      it’s “leftist, Marxist Lame-stream spin?” <– MUAH-HAHAHA!

      Take a look at all the articles the search results turned up:

      A Google search involving the words “Court of appeals + Fox News + Jane Akre” came up with 1,050 results.

      "Fox news court case gets the right to lie" got 17,300,000 results in a Bing search.

      Surely among the 1,000's of results that turn up, Baggers can find one they can't rationalize away with their small, angry, ignorant minds… surely?

      ^ OOPS! Susan, you're full of crap. 🙂

      Finally, to address the pathetic pettiness of your other complaints, everything put on film is scripted you mind-numbing ditz. Even your ridiculous anti-Obama documentary. SO WHY ARE YOU CRY-WHINING ABOUT THIS???

      I know – 'Cuz that's what the Republican party is comprised of. A bunch of nonsensical, non-factual, cry-whining, Bagger bigots who have nothing substantive to offer in the form of criticism towards OUR Democratically elected POTUS or in the form of policy for the good of our country.

      I miss the days of old when stupid people knew they were stupid & would refrain from polluting adult discourse with dishonest dumb-fu@kery. Yes, I'm talking about you.

      All I ask is that you keep your pie-hole shut the next time you feel like throwing a childish tantrum.

      Obama 2012

      Osama bin Laden is dead & GM is aliiiive!

  3. chris K   September 5, 2012 at 12:50 am

    ^^ rep

    • chris K   September 5, 2012 at 12:51 am

      Rep to Susan **

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