Here’s a political spoiler that will surprise no one: Barack Obama may use the death of Osama Bin Laden as a key point in his re-election campaign. However, Americans have a notoriously short memory so it’s likely the voting public will need reminding — and that’s exactly what a campaign is for. But is Obama planning to use Hollywood to help drive the point home?
Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming Bin Laden movie was scheduled for an Oct. 12, 2012 release; this places it shortly before the presidential election. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd previously surmised that the film’s timing could positively impact Obama’s re-election campaign. A triumphant American film about Obama’s successful foreign campaign right before the election? You can’t buy that kind of support.
Or maybe you can. Republican Representative and House Chairman on Homeland Security Peter King is leading the charge against the film’s release date, purporting that the Obama administration may have helped filmmakers by providing information in exchange for the plum release date. Bigelow, fellow filmmaker Mark Boal and Sony have vehemently claimed that neither the movie nor the release date were part of a political agenda. Regardless, it appears as though the pressure from the political right has prevailed; insiders at Sony claim that the film’s release date is all but certain to move to after the election at the earliest and perhaps even into 2013.
So what do you think? Is the Obama administration hoping to piggyback on Bigelow’s film or is this fuss simply political posturing from the right?