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'2016' purports to disclose President Obama's 'hidden' motivations.
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Peggy L. Grella recommended ["Think you know Obama? See '2016'," Viewpoints, Sept. 2] that I see the film "2016: Obama's America." She described it as a "well-documented and factual analysis of the president's beliefs."
The movie is an artless screed, convoluted in concept, loose with facts, sodden with innuendo, and virtually bereft of novelty.
Fortunately, there's no need to sit through a bad movie to know what our president believes. His beliefs are well-documented by historical record, the unrelenting scrutiny of scholars and the press, and a massive body of literature, including a revealing and sensitive autobiography.
What does this record show? That he is an intelligent, thoughtful, caring person, a man of abiding faith and impeccable character, a courageous commander in chief, a gifted statesman, a skillful policymaker, and a man who is devoted to his country and its highest ideals of freedom and liberty. He cherishes his family, cares deeply for others, and is respectful of our shared resources. He is leading this nation brilliantly and with remarkable success through difficult times.
This film is another example of the way ideologues aligned against the president so often fall back on crackpot theories and twisted distortions to make their own marginal positions seem somehow worthy and their lackluster candidate seem to be a reasonable choice.
Kerry W. Sipe