*As President Barack Obama was delivering his state of the union on Tuesday, hundreds of DVDs for the anti-Obama film “2016: Obama’s America” – featuring an interview with his impoverished half-brother – were being mailed to senators, congressmen, the governors of all 50 states and the nine Supreme Court justices, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
One copy also was mailed to the president at his White House address and another went to Vice President Joe Biden.
The film tries to make the point that Obama’s agenda is bad for America and that the rationale for his policies stems from a hard-left ideology that was instilled in him by the example set by his absentee father. One of the more compelling scenes is an interview with George Obama, the president’s half-brother who was living in a hut near Nairobi, Kenya at the time.
“2016” was released theatrically in July and raked in $33.5 million, enough to make it the second biggest political documentary in U.S. history, right behind Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
While Lionsgate Home Entertainment is distributing the DVD, it was not involved in the decision to mail about 600 copies to legislators and other governmental power brokers.
Instead, the initiative was spearheaded by the film’s star and co-director Dinesh D’Souza, who shelled out $393 to mail the DVDs, which will arrive in different packaging than the official Lionsgate release.