Opening on October 12, 2012: The Obama Is Totally Awesome blockbuster movie

posted at 1:30 pm on August 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The way the economy has turned out since the launch of Obamanomics, some people speculate that the only argument Barack Obama might have in 2012 is, “I got Bin Laden.”  Apparently, Hollywood has the same worries.  That may be why a new film about the mission that killed al-Qaeda’s master has an opening date that comes three weeks before the election — a coincidence that even Maureen Dowd can’t buy:

The White House clearly blessed the dramatic reconstruction of the mission by Nicholas Schmidle in The New Yorker — so vividly descriptive of the Seals’ looks, quotes and thoughts that Schmidle had to clarify after the piece was published that he had not actually talked to any of them.

“I’ll just say that the 23 Seals on the mission that evening were not the only ones who were listening to their radio communications,” Schmidle said, answering readers’ questions in a live chat, after taking flak for leaving some with the impression that he had interviewed the heroes when he wrote in his account that it was based on “some of their recollections.”

The White House is also counting on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal big-screen version of the killing of Bin Laden to counter Obama’s growing reputation as ineffectual. The Sony film by the Oscar-winning pair who made “The Hurt Locker” will no doubt reflect the president’s cool, gutsy decision against shaky odds. Just as Obamaland was hoping, the movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, 2012 — perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign that has grown tougher.

Well, the project is off to a great start.  The writer has already been caught fibbing about his sources.  The combination of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal worked well in The Hurt Locker (I interviewed Boal twice before the film opened) and gave a fair presentation of the military, in most estimations; this film will almost certainly be worth the price of the ticket.  That is, it will be if the film focuses on the bravery and accomplishment of the  SEALs (an acronym that the NYT manages to get wrong in Dowd’s column — it’s not “Seals”) and not on Obama.  Its opening date signals a different intent.

Dowd, however, notes that the “blessing” in this case is extraordinarily self-serving for this particular administration:

The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.

It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently — to the surprise of some military officers — at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero Seals.

The entertainment industry seems pretty worried about Obama’s prospects, and they should be.  This time, money won’t be enough.  They need to make a two-hour campaign ad, apparently.  For a President who rudely and ignorantly scolded the Supreme Court over its Citizens United decision, Obama sure seems happy to take advantage of it, doesn’t he?

Update: It’s stories like this that put Glenn Reynolds in the mood for some tax hikes:

Were I a Republican senator or representative, I would be agitating to repeal the “Eisenhower tax cut” on the movie industry and restore the excise tax. I think I would also look at imposing similar taxes on sales of DVDs, pay-per-view movies, CDs, downloadable music, and related products.

I’d also look at the tax and accounting treatment of these industries to see if they were taking advantage of any special “loopholes” that could be closed as a means of reducing “tax expenditures.” (Answer: Yes, they are.)

America, after all, is facing the largest national debt in relation to GDP that it has faced since the end of World War II, so a return to the measures deemed necessary then is surely justifiable now.

The president’s own rhetoric about revenues certainly suggests so. Perhaps the bill could be named the “Greatest Generation Tax Fairness Act” in recognition of its history.

Should legislation of this sort be passed — or even credibly threatened — I think we can expect to see Hollywood rediscover the dangers posed by “job killing tax increases,” just as pro-tax-increase Warren Buffet changed his tune once his own corporate-jet business was threatened.

Doesn’t everyone have to “pitch in,” as our President demanded throughout this debate?  This puts me in mind of my review of Two Weeks Notice from December 2002 (pre-blogging!), a film which was overtly hostile to capitalism — and completely hypocritical:

First, TWN continues the whole “bad capitalist — good socialist” thread that runs through Hollywood films. Bullock, being the daughter of 60′s radicals (“You were on the White House enemies list when you were five years old!” her parents tell her with glee), is the idealistic lawyer (LAWYER!) who wants to set the world right by stopping Grant’s company from redeveloping New York City. Grant seduces Bullock by tempting her with the millions of dollars she can direct into charitable efforts. But nowhere in the film does she ever do anything like that, nor is that given more than a passing mention by any character in the movie. And never is any hint that redevelopment (a) provides jobs, and (b) stimulates the economy by providing lease space for businesses — and therefore more jobs — rather than leaving buildings as museums for architecture. The whole thing is very one-sided. Fortunately, TWN doesn’t beat you over the head with it, but it definitely has to get in a couple of shots at President Bush. I guess you don’t get SAG sanction without that, these days.

(Just a thought, but how exactly do they raise the money to shoot these anti-capitalist films, anyway? It takes at least $20 million to make a studio film these days. Wouldn’t THAT money be better spent on saving old buildings from destruction? Or is it only okay for Hollywood studios and stars to make profits? Dana Ivey says that a $50 million profit is “unconscionable”; I wonder what the writers think about Bullock’s and Grant’s salaries.)

Bullock’s salary for this film didn’t get released, but she made $15 million for Murder By Numbers that same year.  Grant made $12.5 million for this film.  I have no problem with Hollywood actors getting big bucks to star in films; they operate in a free market, and should earn as much as the market will bear.  It’s their money.  Too bad Hollywood doesn’t have that same attitude with everyone else.

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Empty theaters. Short run.

Not even Hollywood can save him now…

Grace_is_sufficient on August 7, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Exactly. He went to Massachusetts for Martha Coakley and they had to drag people in off the sidewalk outside and pull the folding screen across the middle school gym to make it appear full.

People are sick to death of seeing him, except the bots.

There’s only one reason they’re doing this. Hollyweird realizes he’s all washed up.

dogsoldier on August 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

How many of those brave SEALS are dead now?

How dare he make political gains from their actions. He is lower than a worm.

stenwin77 on August 7, 2011 at 6:18 PM

He is lower than a worm.

That’s insulting to worms, who have an important function in the ecosystem.

tree hugging sister on August 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

The film (Hurt Locker) gave a fair representation of the military????

By fair I hope you don’t mean accurate. While the film was enjoyable enough to watch, it was not at all accurate. In truth in a was a joke. No unit would or soldier would act in the way shown in the movie.

lahlon on August 7, 2011 at 6:44 PM

apologies if its been mentioned but:

Wheres the probing film about Project:GunWalker and Fast and Furious (the one where a real agent gets killed) ????

Micheal Moore, whats the matter No Stomach for the Truth?
You gutless weasel, God WILL punish you.

orbitalair on August 7, 2011 at 6:57 PM

The tickets better be free.
B/C no one will be able to afford them.
artist on August 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Tickets? What tickets?
Every kid k through 12 will be given a DVD free!

DSchoen on August 7, 2011 at 7:02 PM

So they’ve seen the dead Osama pictures and we still haven’t?
Groovy///
Knucklehead on August 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Wanna bet that photo will be the money shot for the movie?

DSchoen on August 7, 2011 at 7:06 PM

“I’ll just say that the 23 Seals on the mission that evening were not the only ones who were listening to their radio communications,” Schmidle said”

Then let me just say, Schmidle is alleging he had access to secured communication systems. Wild guess here but I think that level of access, without “a need to know”, would be well above “Top secret” or “Eyes Only”.

Making public the inside story of an operation like this is going to get our people killed in future operations. If it hasn’t already.

The White House is also counting on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal big-screen version of the killing of Bin Laden to counter Obama’s growing reputation as ineffectual. The Sony film by the Oscar-winning pair who made “The Hurt Locker” will no doubt reflect the president’s cool, gutsy decision against shaky odds. Just as Obamaland was hoping, the movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, 2012 — perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign that has grown tougher.

Which makes me wonder who feed this story to Schmidle and why?

DSchoen on August 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

People are sick to death of seeing him, except the bots.

There’s only one reason they’re doing this. Hollyweird realizes he’s all washed up.

dogsoldier on August 7, 2011 at 6:15 PM

“The Bots” comprise less than 14% of our population. That tiny minority of VOCAL and VIOLENT extremists are just as well funded, just as well equipped as the DNC and they will not be allowed to dictate the direction of this Nation.

The 2012 election will be about Choice. What will America Choose to Be?

A. A European Socialist Welfare State
B. America. The Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave.

Pretty simple, but too much time is spent by the MSM on the tiny minority of VOCAL extremists.

How bout we just give the Lib’s Washington State and be done with it.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM

How bout we just give the Lib’s Washington State and be done with it.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2011 at 7:09 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! I WAS HERE FIRST!!!!!!

It’s true–up until the later ’80′s, when Microsoft started growing, Washington was more of a moderate, purple state. In fact when I was a kid I almost thought we had a governor for life because he kept getting reelected (Dan Evans–Republican http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_J._Evans).

Send all the libs to New York state. They all seem to idolize NYC, anyway.

theotherone on August 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

Which makes me wonder who feed this story to Schmidle and why?

DSchoen on August 7, 2011 at 7:07 PM

Interesting question. Is Issa hiring? If not now, he should be.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2011 at 7:20 PM

The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the Bush administration.

It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently — to the surprise of some military officers — at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero Seals.

Sounds like that could be grounds for a Congressional investigation…

didymus on August 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

I can’t wait for the Obama bio-pic, “The Defeated – 2012″.

I’ll be first in line…

Fallon on August 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Send all the libs to New York state. They all seem to idolize NYC, anyway.

theotherone on August 7, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I grew up in Snohomish so I know about the Red to Purple to Blue. It’s Blue because of the generous welfare programs. Just ask my neice.

I grew up in poverty but vehemently refused to live the rest of my life in it.

Key West Reader on August 7, 2011 at 7:22 PM

Fallon on August 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Quit making him keep going nom-nom-nom on the binky. They have to get him out in front of the cameras at some point tomorrow. Please, don’t throw him back into a full blown meltdown.

Thanx,
Val

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Key West Reader on August 7, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Obama’s plan

Schadenfreude on August 7, 2011 at 7:26 PM

Reminder for folks going to see this film:

It is illegal to shout “LIAR!” in a crowded theater.

Christien on August 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

We can close this thread now. We have a winner!

AZCoyote on August 7, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Only Obama could screw up killing Osama.

The SEALs are dead, due to his “leaks”, and our relationship with Pakistan is screwed.

faraway on August 7, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Obama Is Totally Awesome blockbuster movie

No matter how hard one tries, you can’t shine $hit.

Lon Chaney on August 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM

In honor of Imperator Zero, save zero tickets for me!

Cicero43 on August 7, 2011 at 7:39 PM

He is lower than a worm.

That’s insulting to worms, who have an important function in the ecosystem.

tree hugging sister on August 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

And Obama has an equally important function in bringing about the Caliphate.

Lon Chaney on August 7, 2011 at 7:42 PM

How many of those brave SEALS are dead now?

How dare he make political gains from their actions. He is lower than a worm.

stenwin77 on August 7, 2011 at 6:18 PM


There will be a grassroots movement against this movie.

COUNT ON IT.

tetriskid on August 7, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Will the movie have it’s own version of the Horst Wessel song?

Lon Chaney on August 7, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Reminder for folks going to see this film:

It is illegal to shout “LIAR!” in a crowded theater.

Christien on August 7, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Hey, this could be the new Rocky Horror Picture show for audience participateion.

What do you yell during which sceens of the movie?

“Liar” when Obama is talking
Bidin?
Reid?

What do you think people?

mechkiller_k on August 7, 2011 at 7:46 PM

“I’ll just say that the 23 Seals on the mission that evening were not the only ones who were listening to their radio communications,” Schmidle said, answering readers’ questions in a live chat,

So Schmidle, are you saying that the WH gave you access to a secure communications line?

I hope every SEAL sees that line and questions it. I hope that question runs all the way up the chain of command and drops into the Joint Chiefs, Panetta’s, Congress and Obama’s lap and other parts of their anatomy and that they DIG out the truth.

journeyintothewhirlwind on August 7, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Barack Obama, la, la, la.

Lon Chaney on August 7, 2011 at 7:47 PM

I expect the WH to release the real photos about that time for an October surprise.

Grunt on August 7, 2011 at 7:47 PM

No matter how hard one tries, you can’t shine $hit.

Lon Chaney on August 7, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Not true. They did it on Mythbusters

“Adam and Jamie first visited the zoo to obtain a variety of feces to try and polish. Poop collected, they tried to pick the most polishable candidates, and then baked them to remove the moisture. Adam tried to shine his poop with a buffing wheel, while Jamie reasoned that using a wax polish would result in a shine. Adam eventually brought in an outside expert who showed him that it was possible to apply a shine to dirt with a tedious technique called Dorodango. Applying this technique, Adam and Jamie were able to obtain very polished poop without using any foreign materials such as wax polish. Measuring their poop for gloss, both samples were found to meet the minimum specifications for a polished object.”

mechkiller_k on August 7, 2011 at 7:49 PM

“Liar” when Obama is talking
Bidin?
Reid?

What do you think people?

mechkiller_k on August 7, 2011 at 7:46 PM

I’ll play…

Biden? “Cracked Heads Club!” “Stand up, Chuck!” or “Big effin’ deal!”

Reid? “My pet!” “Stinky Tourists” or “This war is lost.”

Fallon on August 7, 2011 at 8:20 PM

One more national security disaster, Obama included.

profitsbeard on August 7, 2011 at 8:23 PM

So glad this news came out now just after all those Seals were killed defending this country. Maybe they can throw a video of that in the liar in chiefs movie. Typical of Hollyweird making a movie chock full of make believe. Our troops are out there every day in harms way and these losers are living in their fantasy world. This just reaffirms my decision to not attend the theater.

Kissmygrits on August 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Here’s the TEA Party response to this movie:

“If it weren’t for the publicity-whore nature of Obama and his administration, the men portrayed in this movie would most likely still be alive. Even though Bin Laden is dead, the WH could not contain itself in its demand for adulation and in so doing, revealed sensitive information about the SEALs who conducted the strike. Those men were then killed in a mysterious helicopter shoot down in August of 2011.”

BobMbx on August 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

mechkiller_k on August 7, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Was that after they ran it down a rail with two 5” HVAR motors?

DSchoen on August 7, 2011 at 8:45 PM

BobMbx on August 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Nailed it…!

… +7%!

Seven Percent Solution on August 7, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Okay- here’s my submission for the movie poster. I chose “SEAL Team O” for the title. (If interested, you can click on the “view all sizes button” then the “original” button, to read the text.)

BKeyser on August 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Okay- here’s my submission for the movie poster. I chose “SEAL Team O” for the title. (If interested, you can click on the “view all sizes button” then the “original” button, to read the text.)

BKeyser on August 7, 2011 at 9:04 PM

That. Is. Awesome.

Rational Thought on August 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Rational Thought on August 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Thanks much.

BKeyser on August 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM

By October of 2012, not a whole hell of a lot of people are going to want to hear about how “great” Obama is.

They’ll be too busy trying to find new ways to feed their families and pay their bills.

That, and they’ll remember that, before Obama, they had things like jobs and cars and homes and retirement plans and dignity…

SuperCool on August 7, 2011 at 9:41 PM

That may be why a new film about the mission that killed al-Qaeda’s master has an opening date that comes three weeks before the election

Come election day, he will have this and desperation in his back pocket.

rukiddingme on August 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Just another Hollyweed film I won’t be watching.

GarandFan on August 7, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Come election day, he will have this and desperation in his back pocket.

rukiddingme on August 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

Adjusting for inflation, that’s a twenty dollar movie ticket most folks won’t be able to afford.

Because money is something they won’t have in their back pocket.

Which brings us to our Zen Question of The Day:

“If an Obamaganda film plays to empty theaters across the country, is it the Tea Party’s fault?”

SuperCool on August 7, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Adjusting for inflation, that’s a twenty dollar movie ticket most folks won’t be able to afford.

Because money is something they won’t have in their back pocket.

Yep.

Which brings us to our Zen Question of The Day:

“If an Obamaganda film plays to empty theaters across the country, is it the Tea Party’s fault?”

SuperCool on August 7, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Of course it will be the Tea Party’s fault, despite the film playing to empty theaters and thus making no sounds.

rukiddingme on August 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

An instant cult classic…even before its release!

Christien on August 7, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Which brings us to our Zen Question of The Day:

“If an Obamaganda film plays to empty theaters across the country, is it the Tea Party’s fault?”

SuperCool on August 7, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Of course it will be the Tea Party’s fault, despite the film playing to empty theaters and thus making no sounds.

rukiddingme on August 7, 2011 at 10:27 PM

No, -racism.

slickwillie2001 on August 7, 2011 at 11:14 PM

Let them spend their energies on :I got Bin Laden” as their campaign theme. It’d be like Hoover bragging in 1932 that he was able to nail down the Treaty of Lima in 1929.

mankai on August 8, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Shrug – if Obama wins he gets a take it or leave it budget. If he leaves it the government shuts down. I fail to see the downside on it.

Heh, if Obama wins he gets impeached within three weeks.
{^_^}

herself on August 8, 2011 at 6:35 AM

He is lower than a worm.

That’s insulting to worms, who have an important function in the ecosystem.

tree hugging sister on August 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM

That’s why I say he’s lower than whale sh*t. That’s at the bottom of the ocean.

Extrafishy on August 8, 2011 at 7:21 AM

I am planning to boycott the movie studio that produces this, as well as any theater that plays it, for at least year. If Obama gets re-eected, then it will be a 4 year moratorium.

Yes, I am that pissed.

Mutnodjmet on August 8, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Ooooo I see a “Team: America” sequel in our future…

T:A joins with Michell Bachmann, Chuck Norris and Vin Deisel to crack a mysterious gun running ring thats supplying guns and fast cars to Mexican Cartels. After some gratuitous Death Race scenes, Machete joins in for full carnage to the ATF, FBI, DOJ, a senator and a president.

“Let me be perfectly clear, under the radar.”

orbitalair on August 8, 2011 at 9:45 AM

The Obama Is Totally Awesome blockbusterKilled Bin Laden Too Early Reminder movie

FIFY.

Exit questions: Who will portray Bin Laden in this movie, and will he be armed?

Steve Z on August 8, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Doesn’t everyone have to “pitch in,” as our President demanded throughout this debate?

How about the 47% or 51% (depending upon the source) of Americans who pay no Federal income tax? Why isn’t The One demanding that they pay their “fair share”?

Paul_in_NJ on August 8, 2011 at 11:29 AM

BobMbx on August 7, 2011 at 8:35 PM

We’ll all have to hope that no one in the Tea Party movement embarrassed himself that way :(

Al in St. Lou on August 8, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I can’t wait for the Obama bio-pic, “The Defeated – 2012″.

I’ll be first in line…

Fallon on August 7, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Suggestion for a more appropriate title:

“Paradise Lost: We should have ignored the snake!”

landlines on August 8, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Obama bio-pic: The Feckless

…a movie about the killing of Bin Ladin, and how the heroic Barak Obama approved the mission the very next day.

landlines on August 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Will Obama play himself in this movie, do you think?

Mary in LA on August 8, 2011 at 4:05 PM

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