President George W. Bush remained silent as a steady stream of documentaries attacked both him and his administration during his eight years in office.
Bush quietly acknowledged the filmmakers’ right to speak their minds, ignored their cinematic attacks and kept on working.
President Barack Obama, in comparison, simply couldn’t sit still while “2016: Obama’s America” continues to smash box office records.
“2016” takes a withering look at the president’s formative influence, connecting the dots between his radical past and today’s public policy. The movie, which now stands as the second most popular political documentary of all time, drew this response from the President’s official web site:
The entry at BarackObama.com quotes from several negative reviews of the film and claims Dinesh D’Souza, who stars in the film based on his book, The Roots of Obama’s Rage, has a “long history of attempting to add a veneer of intellectual respectability to fringe theories, conspiratorial fear-mongering and flat-out falsehoods.”
The site also attacked the Tea Party in the long entry:
“It should say enough about D’Souza’s credibility that a movie catering to the Tea Party attacks someone for allegedly ‘anti-colonial’ views,” the entry reads.