Obama’s Bad Taste in Socialist Movies


Bulworth did not finish off Warren Beatty’s career. That honor belonged to Town and Country. But Bulworth, the story of a corrupt Democrat who rejects his moderate views and turns to radical leftism, eventually proposing his own BulworthCare, did finish off Beatty as a director.

The director of Reds never made another movie after that. And hardly anyone watched Bulworth. The movie was a commercial failure, but the one man who remembered the story of an aging white Democratic senator who gets in touch with his inner young black rapper is Barack Obama.

We learn from a sonorous New York Times puff piece that Obama “In private, he has talked longingly of “going Bulworth”. Obama going Bullworth, aside from the bad rapping, would probably be the best thing that could happen to the country, but considering that Obama did openly talk about wealth redistribution, destroying the coal industry and asserting “You did not build that”, it’s not clear that anyone would even be paying attention.

At the White House Correspondents Association dinner last month, he bristled at the idea that he should pattern himself after Michael Douglas’s assertive character in “The American President.”

Turning to Mr. Douglas, who was in the audience, he jokingly asked what his secret was. “Could it be that you were an actor in an Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy?” Mr. Obama asked. He added later, “I get frustrated sometimes.”

Bulworth was another Aaron Sorkin liberal fantasy, though Sorkin was uncredited for his work on Bulworth, made right after The American President.

Both movies were tellingly made during the Clinton era. If the 1995 American President was somewhat optimistic about Clinton’s chances, Bulworth was more pessimistic. It wanted Clinton to find his inner black rapper. Obama was supposed to be that inner black radical hiding inside every white liberal.

But he can never be radical enough for his supporters.

At the New York Post, Kyle Smith writes,

In confessing his dreams of “going Bulworth,” Obama confirmed that what he thinks and what he says out loud are two different things. He let slip the mask of a center-left moderate — a “pragmatist” who only cares about “what works.”

With nothing left to lose, Bulworth speaks his mind and becomes a sensation and unexpected contender for the presidency by giving far-left campaign speeches in rap form. In the movie’s centerpiece moment, Bulworth does a rap about health care and cries, “Socialism!” to a stunned crowd. (The lyrics run, “Yeah, yeah / You can call it single-payer or Canadian way / Only socialized medicine will ever save the day! Come on now, lemme hear that dirty word: Socialism!”)

This is President Obama’s id, the little man he wishes he could let out to party.

Apparently Obama has been taking advice from Sean Penn. “I would love to see Barack Obama be Bulworth,”Sean Penn, said on Piers Morgan Tonight in Oct. 2011.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Warren Beattie? Did he make any movies with Jane Fonda?

    • patron

      Yes. VD 1, 2, and 3, also known as the prequels to the HIV epidemic.

      • Questions

        Hysterical. Simply hysterical.

        Warren Beatty's "Bulworth" (1998) made back its $30 million cost at the domestic box office, not including extensive TV, PPV, DVD and download revenues, plus foreign box office. In other words, while hardly commercial gold, it wasn't a flop either. Aaron Sorkin, by the way, was merely one of several script co-authors.

        It was Beatty's film from start to finish. I wasn't thrilled with it when I saw its initial theatrical release, but it was OK and even witty in spots. And even cynics have to admit that Halle Berry wasn't bad to look at — and remains pretty hot.

  • Looking4Sanity

    How is Oballah NOT Bullworth? But, a better question would be: With all the movie watching, golf playing, sleeping through crisis, campaigning and vacationing…how does the empty suit STILL find the time to screw up so monumentally?!?

    The obvious answer has to be that he has a hell of a lot of people helping him. Does it strike anyone as odd that we can't manage to nail so much as one of them to the carpet? The fix is in. Totally.

  • patron

    The FBI told the Atlanta DA that the child killer Wayne Williams possessed certain psychological traits of superficial charm and when held accountable, he would expose his true nature. After days of cross examination, he broke down and the jury saw the monster inside with the child murderer yelling "You want the real Wayne Williams? You got him!"

    Soros says Republicans remind him of Nazis. Leftists remind me of psychopathic child murdering scum.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Wasn't that convicted murderer at the abortion clinic a democrat leftist?

      • Mary Sue

        I know of hardly any republican rightists who would be abortion clinic butchers. ;) It takes a special kind of sicko for that. A LEFTIST Sicko. Ever noticed sickos are most often Leftist?

  • DDay

    I’ve said for many years that the Demobrats are too cowardly to let their true feelings show. Socialism is clearly at the roots of everything they do, yet very few are courageous enough to admit it. I would actually have a little respect for them if they could just admit it.

  • AnOrdinaryMan

    So what? Haven't we always suspected that Obama has his inner, younger-self available at a moment's notice? Particularly since he's taken 120 vacations, and played thousands of rounds of golf, since Jan. 2009? Just remember to call John Boehner's office, and tell him that you won't contribute to his 2014 campaign, until he stops the nonsense about 5 committees on Benghazi.(202-224-3121, ask for John Boehner's office)

  • Ghostwriter

    I didn't see "Bulworth" either.

    • Mary Sue

      I've heard of it in passing but had no idea what it was. Other than it sounded like the name of a senator.

  • S.Smith

    All I know is that Barack Hussein has bad taste in everything.