Go see '2016' Obama film

As a retired member of the armed forces and a first-generation American, I consider myself a strong patriot and a person who believes in the framework of this nation as well as its ideals of freedom and opportunity.


Our president and commander-in-chief, Barack Obama, is a unique individual in many ways. One way is that he was elected without the average citizen knowing much about him and what circumstances shaped his thinking over the past 51 years. However, during his election campaign he did have a lot of appeal with a great number of people based on what they saw and heard from him, which influenced the way that they voted.

Recently, I went to see the movie 2016: Obama’s America, and came away with a lot of new and extremely important factual knowledge about our president and about the direction that his life’s compass is pointed. One phrase about the movie that caught my attention was: “Love him or hate him, you don’t know him.”

Since I believe that voters should be informed about whom and what they are voting, I felt that people should know about this movie. Go see it, and then make a more informed decision when it comes to election time. This movie contains information that all voters should be aware of, whether they be Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, etc.

Being a realist, though, I know that a certain percentage of people are satisfied with a gut feel about a person, and don’t want to take the time to watch a very unusual, yet very credible, documentary film that might make a difference in their thinking. Unfortunately, if that percentage of people is large enough, then the fate of this country is no longer in the hands of the same kind of people who worked and sacrificed to build and protect it.

In 1961, another Democratic president made a famous speech where he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Well, one thing that you can do is take about 90 minutes and whatever it costs to see this movie. For me, it was very meaningful and moving, to the point of inspiring me to write this letter.

Len Sjostrom

North Augusta, S.C.



Sat, 01/20/2018 - 00:00

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