Dinesh D’Souza begins this documentary with an interesting question: What is Barack Obama’s worldview? What drives this man to be who he is, to say what he says, to do what he does. In America, we often see the world in terms of religion, or race, so it’s common to call those who oppose Obama on almost any grounds racist, and there has been much confusion about his religion. D’Souza argues that when we seek the answer to the riddles Obama poses in the areas of race and religion, we are seeking answers in the wrong place.
So if religion and race don’t lie at the heart of Obama’s vision of the future, what does? In this movie, a full length documentary, D’Souza argues that the common thread, the driver, is anti-colonialism. In Obama’s world, the rich are only rich because they have plundered the poor, and the poor are only poor because they have been plundered by the rich. In Mr. Obama’s worldview — a subject of intense interest to someone who pays a great deal of attention to worldview and its consequences — the problem is wealth, and the solution is “spreading the wealth around.” There is, in fact, such a fervent belief in this problem/solution pair that in Obama’s mind, it doesn’t matter if there is poverty, so long as that poverty is universal.
D’Souza comes to this conclusion by tracing Obama’s past, speaking with those who were around his family (including a half brother), those who have examined him psychologically, and those who have traced his political thought. He chases Obama’s past through Hawaii, Indonesia, various locations in the United States, and Africa. In all these places he lays out the story of a young man who idolized his father, even though his father wasn’t worthy of that idolization. He lays out the story of a man who takes on his father’s ideas and pushes them to their logical conclusion to find himself worthy of the love of a father who abandoned him. He lays out the story of a man who intentionally chose radical men to mentor and guide him in the stead of that missing father, a man who chose his friends and associates in order to further his ideological goals.
The case D’Souza makes in this film is interesting and compelling. The explanatory power is incredible in the face of a man who is an enigma, and incredible in it’s ability to show why and how Obama rose to power without anyone raising any of the questions, or doing the investigation, D’Souza has.
Whether you love Obama or hate him, this is a film you must see, especially as the future of America depends on the contrast of Obama’s vision with America’s traditional vision. Since the release of this film, you have no excuse to feign ignorance of Obama’s past, his vision, or where he sees the utopian future.