A few minutes after I returned from my morning walk, Jake Novak, Executive Producer of Fox’s ratings powerhouse, Varney & Company, called from New York.
“Robert, listen — sorry to call so early, but Stuart read your blog post about 2016: Obama’s America, and he’d like to interview you about your experience.”
I was in the middle of donning my tefillin for the morning prayers. So I did what any not-so-good Orthodox Jew does when pressed for time: I kicked into hyper-prayer. Managed to finish the twenty-minute service in just under nine minutes.
Stuart Varney introduced me as Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Avrech and asked me to describe the screening that Karen and I attended. He was primarily interested in audience reaction to the hit film. I described the feeling of electricity in the air, the manner in which the audience connected with the film on a deep, emotional level and, of course, the standing ovation at the end of the movie.
Stuart asked me whether this wasn’t unusual for a political documentary. I affirmed that it was, especially for a film that has been ignored or treated with scorn by the mainstream media. I mentioned that at some screenings, the audience spontaneously breaks into “G-d Bless America” because Dinesh D’Sousa’s movie is not so much anti-Obama — it’s a deeply nuanced psycho-political portrait — as an affirmation of America’s exceptionalism, a designation President Obama’s policies are designed to erase.
Stuart found this last point worthy of note and thanked me.
As Karen was fixing her morning tea, I told her about the interview. Karen asked if I gave the URL for Seraphic Secret.
“Didn’t have a chance. Besides, it would have been a little low-rent.”
“Too bad. But I understand.”
“But hey, now I’m famous. You want my autograph?”
The love of my life blew me a kiss as she headed out the door.