This is in response to Richard Schaaf’s letter (“Obama documentary examines his roots,” Sept. 13).
Too bad Mr. Schaaf is so easily misled by hired professional character assassins. We saw Jerome Corsi do this to John Kerry in 2004, with his book, “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.”
In 2008, Corsi was hired to write another similar attack, “Obama Nation.” I guess they couldn’t use him a third time, because even an unaware American public might begin to see the pattern.
The movie is based on Dinesh D’Souza’s 2010 book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.” D’Souza’s pedigree is well known. D’Souza is the new darling of the conservative right.
Although Mr. Schaaf’s claims that he arose from the slums of India, D’Souza’s father was an executive for Johnson & Johnson, and he lived a life of privilege attending expensive private institutions.
He has been affiliated with conservative organizations and publications, like the Hoover Institution, American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation. He also was a policy adviser to President Ronald Reagan.
However, I cannot find that he has any degree higher than a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth.
He is currently president of The King’s College in New York, which leases three floors in the Empire State Building, boasts 21 faculty and 400 students. King’s College is a subsidiary of Campus Crusade for Christ. Are you starting to see the trend here?
His film is actually doing relatively well, averaging a respectable $7,365 per screen, with a domestic gross of just over $2 million in limited release. The film is partially financed by TD Ameritrade billionaire Joe Ricketts.
Mr. Schaaf, it is best to not draw conclusions about others based on ethnicity, where they lived, how wealthy or poor they are, or the date of their marriage.
To do so is a viewpoint based on fatalism. People are best judged individually and by their actions. By simply examining life around you and your own experiences, one realizes life cannot be so easily explained.
Do not so readily typecast people, it just leads to bigotry, intolerance and incorrect conclusions.
All you have to do here, Mr. Schaaf, is follow the money trail for this current “documentary,” then you will discover the agenda behind it.
Rogers lives in Napa.