If worrying about fundraising for the upcoming presidential campaign was not enough, Barack Obama now has to deal with his younger brother's, George Obama, film debut in a new controversial documentary that criticizes the president. The film is based on the best-selling book, The Root of Obama’s Rage, by Dinesh D’Souza and features a conversation between the D’Souza and the younger Obama, portraying him as the poor and destitute black sheep of the Obama family.
George Hussein Onyango Obama is the youngest half-brother of the president, the last child of Barack Obama Sr., with his fourth wife. George Obama was born in Kenya and was relatively unknown to the public until his 2008 interview in Italian Vogue where he said he lived “on less than a dollar a month.”
A clip of the film – which is quickly going viral – shows D’Souza asking why the president is not taking care of his brother. To that, George replies, “I think he has a family of his own … I’m a member of his family, but I’m over-age, so I help myself.”
D’Souza has already written several right-leaning books, including Letters to a Young Conservative and What’s So Great About America. His book about Obama attempts to portray the current president as the reincarnation of his father, a “philandering, inebriated African socialist, who raged against the world for denying him the realization of his anti-colonial ambitions.” It is also interesting to note that the film is backed by several Hollywood heavy hitters, like the Oscar-winning producer of Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List Gerald Molen. Although Hollywood is known for typically leaning left, this production is a silent announcement that there are few conservatives in the mix too.
The film is slated to be released in select theaters on July 27, giving it ample time to get coverage as the election begins to heat up in the following months. However, it is hard to say how much of an effect the film will actually have on Obama and his campaign. The youngest Obama may not be the best character witness of his big brother. After his interview with Vogue, George later denied the claims made in the article, saying that he “was brought up well” and “lives well even now,” too. He went on to say that he was supported by his extended family, which included the president’s Kenyan grandmother. The two brothers have only met twice; once when George was five and again briefly during the Obama’s run for office. George has even had some run-ins with the law, getting arrested for possession of marijuana (the charges were later dropped).
Even though the accuracy of the documentary is questionable, there is no doubt the film will get attention as everyone wants to know what the president is really like.