President Obama’s team updated their official website, in a post dated Sept. 5, with a response to the film 2016: Obama’s America.
EW critic Owen Gleiberman said the documentary, by Dinesh D’Souza, “goes beyond making a hash of the facts — it’s an outrageously unsubstantiated act of character assassination.” The movie’s central thesis is that “Obama has spent his entire life trying to please his late Kenyan father and that he has done so by evolving into an anti-colonial socialist revolutionary.”
Naturally, the Obama team takes issue with the film. They released a long statement that said, in part:
The statement also lays out specific claims from the movie and shows why they are untrue, including refuting a claim D’Souza makes that President Obama passed the bank bailout, when in fact “it was President Bush who signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program into law in October 2008.”
The criticisms haven’t slowed down business. The film has earned over $26.1 million so far, making it the second-highest grossest political documentary of all time. (Fahrenheit 9/11, the highest earner, took in $119.2 million in 2004).