"Extremely Informative, but Marred by Foul Language"
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Taking into account its limitations as a televised play, OBAMAGATE is engaging, informative, well-acted, and sometimes funny. The televised play is a frightening indictment of political corruption in the Obama Administration. Although the texts, emails, tweets, and memos are verbatim, word for word, the actors do give them a dramatic and sometimes comical spin that may not be fully accurate. The video also contains a fair amount of foul language, including some bleeped out “f” words. The foul language in OBAMAGATE warrants strong caution, especially for younger viewers.
OBAMAGATE is a televised play available on YouTube and elsewhere that consists mostly of two actors performing texts, emails, tweets, memos, and Congressional testimony of Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page, two top officials at the FBI under President Obama who were caught taking official FBI action to smear President Trump’s 2016 campaign and hurt his electoral prospects. Taking into account its limitations as a televised play, OBAMAGATE is an engaging, well-acted and sometimes funny, but ultimately frightening, indictment of political corruption in the Obama Administration, but the video contains a fair amount of foul language, including some bleeped out “f” words, that warrant strong caution, especially for younger viewers.
Dean Cain plays Peter Strzok, and Kristy Swanson plays Lisa Page. OBAMAGATE also has performances by actors playing former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and other people who worked in the Obama administration. Strzok, a counter-intelligence “expert” at the FBI, directed the investigation of allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials. McCabe opened the investigation against Trump, and Lisa Page was McCabe’s legal counsel at the FBI.
The first part of the movie paints a picture of the character of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page and the nature of their relationship. In some ways, they’re like gossiping teenagers sharing their opinions and feelings while discussing what’s happening in the upper echelons of the FBI. They also share their disgust toward Donald Trump as he vies for the presidency against Hillary Clinton. Page also expresses her hatred toward Russia, which she saw as a bigger threat than Communist China and Iran.
Then, in several scenes, an actor playing a generic Republican Congressman interrogates Page and Strzok about their more controversial emails and about the FBI’s controversial investigations into Hillary Clinton’s emails and allegations of collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign in 2016. They give a couple straightforward answers, but they are often evasive. For example, Strzok is very evasive when it comes to discussing his email to Page that they have an “insurance policy” against Trump should he win the presidential election. Strzok also denies repeatedly that his private political opinions colored his part in investigating Hillary’s emails or leading the investigation of alleged Russian collusion.
Finally, OBAMAGATE shows Strzok writing an FBI memo that apparently says that a big story in the New York Times about Russian collusion in February 2017 is false in several major ways. First, contrary to the Times story, the FBI has no evidence of Trump campaign officials meeting with any Russian intelligence officials. Second, also contrary to the Times story, there were no calls between Trump’s former campaign head Paul Manafort and Russian government officials. Third, the FBI’s contact into the nasty Steele dossier about Trump and Russia denies finding any contact between Russian officials and the Trump team. OBAMAGATE ends with President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice giving Congressional testimony that contradicts interviews they gave to the press. In their testimony, they admit there was no factual evidence that President Trump or any member of his team colluded with Russian government officials to meddle with the 2016 elections and help elect Trump. Also in Congressional testimony, Andrew McCabe could not recall any specific piece of verified information from the infamous Steele dossier about Trump’s alleged activities in Russia that gave the FBI any probable cause to start an investigation into allegations of Russian collusion against Trump. In Congressional testimony, Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch says she was never given any information as Attorney General indicating a conspiracy between the Russian government and its affiliates with the Trump campaign. Of course, the national news media seldom, if ever, covered or even mentioned any of this exculpatory testimony.
During the end credits, OBAMAGATE notes that an Inspector General’s report found that Page and Strzok were guilt of undue bias against Donald Trump. It also found that Strzok’s emails and texts implied a “willingness to take official [FBI] action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”
After the end credits, Tom Fitton, Director of Judicial Watch, a watchdog group that investigates scandals and government policies, tells viewers that Strzok, Page, McCabe, Comey, and Brennan abused their power to target Donald Trump and other innocent Americans. He also accuses President Obama and Vice President Biden of taking part in this conspiracy to illicitly target Trump and other citizens. He urges viewers to share the movie with friends and family.
Taking into account its limitations as a televised play, OBAMAGATE is an engaging, well-acted, extremely informative, and sometimes funny indictment of political corruption in the Obama Administration. That said, although the texts, emails, tweets, memos, and testimony are verbatim, word for word, the actors do give them a dramatic and sometimes comical spin that may not accurately represent the tone the original writers and witnesses intended. Also, this spin tends to support the conservative political views of the filmmakers, so viewers should be wary when drawing final conclusions about the meaning of these primary documents using only this televised play.
The actors milk the humor that sometimes appears in these documents, especially in the texts, emails and Twitter posts or tweets. For example, OBAMAGATE inserts some Anti-Trump tweets from former CIA Director John Brennan throughout the play. Brennan comes out on stage holding a teddy bear while he delivers the tweets. Even more funny, each succeeding Anti-Trump Twitter post from Brennan gets angrier and angrier until the very end, when he’s absolutely apoplectic raking President Trump over the coals. Another, humorously ironic example is when Lisa Page sends a text to Peter Strzok that she’s absolutely bored while attending an FBI ethics training seminar. In their emails and texts with one another, Page and Strzok not only show extreme bias against President Trump, they also seem to show bias against regular American citizens and against any politician, not just Trump, who might threaten or challenge their moral and intellectual superiority as highly placed government technocrats. Page’s text or email about the boring ethics seminar seems to depict this egotistical feeling of pride and self-importance.
OBAMAGATE is not just engaging. It’s also an informative, moral and ultimately frightening indictment of political corruption in the Obama Administration and in the FBI. This corruption wasn’t a scandal about money. It was a scandal that affected the American electoral process at the most basic level. If federal officials, who exercise vast power, can use that power to target their primary political opponent illegally, then what stops them from using that power to target an average citizen?
On that note, it’s rather disturbing that, as OBAMAGATE points out before the end credits, 27 phones belonging to Russian Collusion Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s staff were total wiped before they could be examined, and 15 officials at the FBI and the United States Dept. of Justice also had all their phone messages wiped, destroying all evidence.