The filmmaker stops short of calling Obama a Manchurian candidate. "A Manchurian candidate implies that someone else is manipulating him," D'Souza said. "I say he is manipulating them. He is manipulating the whole country that, 'I, Obama, have a different agenda than even most Democrats."
Ironically, the film was produced by a close associate of one of the President's most ardent supporters in Hollywood. Oscar winner Gerry Molen, who also produced Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park," "Minority Report" and "Schindler's List," produced "2016." Molen said he didn't know what Spielberg thought of his latest project.
"I'm sure he's aware of it like most everybody in the country," he said.
This weekend, "2016" is on track to surpass Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth" in total box office revenue, putting it right behind the highest-grossing documentary of all time, Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11."
D'Souza joked he is a little uncomfortable with the comparison.
"To me Michael Moore is a bit like the federal government -- he's big, fat and out of control," he said, laughing. "I'm a little more like the private sector, lean and nimble."