New documentary explores President Obama's past
New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza on his film
- Duration 7:15
- Date Jul 11, 2012
New York Times best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza on his film
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Well there's a new documentary about to be released three years in the making.
Attempts to piece together the facts about our president.
And is ideology.
It is based on interviews and family records records found it far and wide from Hawaii to Indonesia.
To the slums of Nairobi Kenya.
Obama has a dream I dream from this yeah.
That -- of colonialism in recent bright and America the downsides to.
-- he knew that too.
-- -- people projecting all of you.
It's been a long time.
Our founding fathers.
Most perfect liberty.
-- are saluting heroes.
Which -- will be -- -- -- -- Joining us now Dinesh D'Souza the New York Times best selling author and co writer and co director of this new film.
Obama's America -- welcome to the program.
What was the purpose in pursuing this documentaries I know you -- to book it and and they say that this is I guess based in part on the book he wrote in 2010 called.
The roots of Obama is rage.
It is but I also have a new book coming out next month called Obama is America so it's actually based on both books.
The reason for the film is that Obama is the most unknown guy ever to walk into the White House.
Previous presence have all been known figures.
But Obama kind of came out of nowhere and four years later we still don't know a whole lot about them about him.
So what this film does as it tries to raise the -- on who Obama is so whether people like a -- they don't like him.
-- get to understand them a lot better deal went all the way up to Kenya you interviewed Barack Obama's half brother.
What did you -- Well of the that's an interesting chapter in the film George Obama is.
The president's half brother.
I was sort of intrigued by George because I discovered that he was living in game six by ten foot hot in the Peru must Lama Kenya.
Now -- thought about this is that Barack Obama President Obama.
Has been going around the country saying you know we are our brother's keeper it's one of his stock phrases.
We -- obligations.
In other words to each other.
But here he has than his own brother is real rather.
And the guy's living on a couple of dollars a day.
President Obama -- is a multi millionaire obviously the most influential man in the world.
Has got nothing to help open.
So I thought it be interesting to sit down with -- and ask him hate.
If you liar if if you watch the president's brother how come he's got nothing for you.
He seems CNN dot missing the clip that's been posted online -- -- pretty -- plus for the whole situation he says look he's a busy I.
I'm an adults.
And I don't need billing him to take care.
He says that and so he's reflecting kind of an ideology of self sufficiency which actually I admire you -- kind of funny thing is that I listen to George.
-- just try to make his own life he is that people overcome a lot of hardship.
And he doesn't have the anti colonial.
And a -- of bitterness of of their father Barack Obama senior.
In an interesting part in the interview I talked to him about whether the problems of -- and of that -- world.
I do to the west in other words.
A the British is America are responsible for why these countries -- war and he says now.
He says when Kenya got independence Kenya was -- successful.
As four as South Korea.
But look at the way -- South Korea has advanced enormously and caddie has still an economic basket case that he goes -- that's not the -- that's not the west set all he does that's our fault you you are -- -- figure because you don't seem to be a fan of the president and -- you know you've made some some controversial remarks about -- your book.
Your your basic theory seems to be that that.
His father is the same as he is this this controversial father.
About whom Barack Obama wrote in his in his memoir dreams from my father.
That that that he has -- how.
He is somehow realizing his dreams through his son -- -- in a 2010 op Ed you wrote.
This is about the father.
This philandering inebriated African socialist who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti colonial ambitions.
Is now setting the nation's agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son.
That seems a stretch for a lot of folks even folks who aren't that big -- fan of the president.
Well I think it seems a stretch -- and simply because.
Obama has been such an uncovered president in other words hardly anybody has spoken to the people who knew his dad.
Who -- -- Bob -- who knew his mom.
So that's where the documentary fills the picture and in Kenya we don't just -- -- George Obama but you know I'm sitting with Obama's grand grandmother grannies Barack that family homestead.
I talk to us people who knew a Barack Obama senior who met Obama junior who -- -- actual position to compare that to.
And so I'm able to take a theory that I -- a couple of years ago and actually tested with people who really know what they're talking about.
When you talk about you believe that that the father was anti colonialism that seems to be true.
But you believe that that label also applies to Barack Obama just explain what that is anti colonialism.
And and why you believe that our sitting president.
Follows that theory.
Well be ideas about the colonialism first of all -- thoroughly.
And Obama's own book dreams for my father.
If you look at -- book you'll see that toward civil rights.
Appearance only a few times in the book but the word colonialism appearance on almost every second page so this is not a theme -- -- business this is what Obama himself talks about.
Now the second thing is that the main idea of anti colonialism.
Is twofold -- -- is that the -- specifically America.
Is the rogue nation in the world that American influence in the world has generally been bad we've got to pull it back.
Reduce American and I fluids abroad the second idea is that capitalism.
Is a for -- backed.
That the rich countries got rich by looting the -- countries and you need to state the power of the state to break down the big got an operation so there's always our idea is that Obama has been following.
I've got to go -- -- -- against a heartbreak but you know obviously there's a lot of push back on this on whether this is in fact you can -- -- on with the father's -- but -- As always it's interesting thank --