Obama’s America 2016

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I just watched 2016. It is a fascinating and very compelling movie. It is full of history and background of Barack Obama, much from his own books. It is a way to get to know the man. What I took away from the movie is, that he is not the man we see when we look at him. Growing up in the US, white or black, we grew up, got jobs to better ourselves, knowing that hard work would produce results, and most of us grew up in a Christian environment. All of these things colored the way we think and who we became.

When I first started reading and discussing various topics on public forums like mylot, the thing I was shocked to discover was that my relatively small world was now very large. There were people I talked to from all over the world who did not think or grow up as I did, and whose values or core of beliefs were vastly different. I found I did not know how to relate to someone who did not understand how I grew up and where my thought processes came from. That basic frame of reference that everything grew out of was not universal to people who did not grow up in the US.  I felt a little disconcerted and almost unstable, in that what made up my core was not the only one there was in the world and I had no way to relate or understand where they were coming from. It was the first time I realized that people were not all alike.

In watching the history and childhood, friends and companions of Obama, I was shocked to realize he was vastly different. He was in no way a typical American as we know it. He grew up in countries who were occupied by other countries and whose resources were fair game. He grew up thinking that large super powers such as the US were the bad guys and the small countries were struggling freedom fighters. One of the most sobering pictures was a young school choir singing praises to Obama with Obama’s flag behind them. There has never been praise sung to other presidents. This made you think of China, or North Korea, where children are taught to worship the leader.

If you love Obama or if you don’t, this movie tells a lot of who Obama is and how he thinks, much of it from his own written words. It is well worth watching.

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About estherlou

My husband and I married in 1970. I am the mother of 2 and grandmother to 5. I am a retired wedding cake decorator. I like watching Netflix on the Wii. I am catching up on all of the old tv shows I missed when they were on prime time! Right now though, I am reading and writing blogs, watching tv, making jewelry and rosaries, selling in my Etsy store and playing solitaire. I am home bound and add in my physical therapy exercises to my daily routine. I will blog about my progress or anything that catches my attention at that moment. See you around and thanks for stopping by!
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4 Responses to Obama’s America 2016

  1. Ray's Mom says:

    Agree and frightened that he was not investigated prior to running for political office.

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  2. I know a lot about Obama. I’ve read two biographies, and both his books. What was left out of the movie was that he was raised by his American grandparents, his mother is from Kansas, and he was brought up with good old American values. He spent one month of his entire life with his father, and couldn’t wait for him to go home. The producer of this movie took facts, twisted them around, and made assumptions.

    I suggest you read Obama’s books which the producer of this movie took out of context to prove his points.

    To suggest that Obama is not a patriotic American is ridiculous and far-fetched. This movie is what I consider propoganda.

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    • estherlou says:

      Thanks for you input. There are usually more than one side to any story and facts can be used in different ways. I thought the movie gave some interesting insights into Obama’s life and history.

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  3. hugmamma says:

    I thought your post was truthful in how your view of the world has been skewed by your personal life experiences. I agree that we all perceive the world around us through the eyes of our own microcosm…our own little hideaway, if you will.

    President Obama and I were born and raised in Hawaii. We share the same pacific sensibilities…the same Aloha Spirit which embraces all people…including those of different faiths and nationalities.

    As suggested by Barbara, in the previous comment, if you would really like to know the man behind the picture painted by his opponents…you haven’t far to look.

    Jesus allowed all…to come unto him.

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