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    Hollywood tries to rescue Obama, unexpectedly (Reader Poll)

    Hollywood tries to rescue Obama, unexpectedly (Reader Poll)

    Soon after the raid in which Obama got bin Laden took place, as Obama was in the midst of his not-spiking-the-football victory lap, I asked readers to predict when Hollywood would roll out a major motion picture about the raid in order to help Obama’s reelection chances.

    Readers predicted the weekend prior to the November 2012 election:

    In response to the vote, I commented, tongue in cheek:

    I am so not sure what to make of this overwhelming response.  Are you trying to say that Hollywood will do whatever it takes to get Obama re-elected, even an early November surprise?

    How cynical of you.

    I’d say readers were pretty much on target, as a Hollywood studio has announced a mid-October release of the first major motion picture about the raid, as noted by MoDo (via HotAir, h/t a reader Philip):

    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.

    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.

    I think this will backfire on Obama, because it will remind people that Obama has had only a single accomplishment in almost four years, and the rest of his administration has been a failure.

    What do you think? (Poll closes 10 a.m. Eastern on Monday, August 8 )


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    Kerrvillian | August 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I chose to say that no, the movie would not help. The reason is more depressing than the antics of Hollywood to support their chosen figurehead.

    The movie won’t help because it won’t need to.

    Let’s face it. The real problem with the 2012 election will be the candidate forced upon us by the RNC. It was the handicap in 2008. Sarah Palin could not overcome the albatross of John McCain, no matter how many McCain/Palin signs/stickers with the top half cut off are still on display in 2011 here in Texas.

    At present it looks like Romney is going to be the nominee. He won’t run with Palin and she won’t run with him so there is unlikely to be a good second banana to his bad top banana.

    The movie won’t matter because the RNC is handing this election to Obama just like it handed the 2008 election to him.

    theduchessofkitty | August 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    “That the film may become an infomercial for the president should compel the FEC to look into Sony’s financing and release as an in-kind donation worth hundreds of millions.”


    If only…

    If there wasn’t a sucker born every minute, O would not be president today.

    The film will help him, God help us.

    V the K | August 8, 2011 at 7:09 am

    There must be some way in which this violates campaign contribution laws; it surely would if something like this were done for a Republican.

    So Hollywood will make a film pretending to praise the military and will be believed why…?

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