President Obama’s campaign is firing back at “2016: Obama’s America,” the unexpectedly successful documentary from Dinesh D’Souza that has generated $26.7 million at the box office.
On the campaign’s Truth Team page, the Obama team calls the film a “deliberate distortion of President Obama’s record and world view.”
The campaign says, “A self-proclaimed expert on the President, D’Souza bases the film around his own past works, which were previously described as “the worst kind of smear journalism,” and riddled with “lazy” errors. The result is what Variety calls a “cavalcade of conspiracy theories, psycho-politico conjectures and incendiary labeling” and what the L.A. Times labels a “badly disguised and overly long attack ad.” A look at D’Souza’s record is a look at a history of demonstrably false and ridiculous claims about the President, and “2016” is no exception. In fact, admitting President Obama was born in the U.S. is what Bloomberg calls ‘as close to moderation as this nutty film gets.'”
The campaign’s decision to respond to the movie is perhaps the best reflection of its success, as the Obama team deployed a similar “truth team” in 2008 to books and articles and simple rumors that had garnered enough traction. It has now surpassed “An Inconvenient Truth” in box office gross.