Matt Damon Slams Obama: “A One-Term President With Balls Would Have Been Much Better”
The reactionary right loves to spout off about Hollywood’s love affair with President Obama. And they’ve got a point. In ’08, Tinseltown positively fawned over the candidate everyone hoped would bring the change this nation so desperately needed to survive.
Back then, Matt Damon was one of Obama’s biggest Hollywood cheerleaders. In August, 2008 Damon framed the McCain-Obama presidential race as “a simple choice”:
“If you like the direction the country’s going in, and you like what’s happened in the last seven-and-a-half years [the Bush era], you should definitely vote for John McCain,” he said at a swank Miami Beach fundraiser. “But if you want a candidate who rejects those policies… and who has a vision for what needs changing and how to change it, then Barack Obama’s your guy.”
Well, fast-forward to 2011, and not much has changed at all. And most of what has changed has changed for the worse. The rich have gotten richer, the poor have gotten poorer, the ill-conceived War on Terror and the unwinnable War on Drugs continue, the Guantanamo Bay concentration remains open, civil liberties are under attack at home, there’s even the distinct possibility that American citizens will soon face indefinite military detention without trial or charge. Obama has broken more promises and told more lies than any politician in recent memory– no mean feat.
Here’s one that really sticks out:
“I would rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.”
And Matt Damon agrees.
The Oscar-winner’s disenchantment with Obama was evident last year when he told Piers Morgan that the President had “misinterpreted his mandate” by extending Bush-era tax cuts and cozying up to the Wall Street banksters who’d crashed the global economy. Now he’s come out firing with both barrels in an interview with Elle magazine.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level,” he said. “One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’ ”
“You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better,” Damon opined. “If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate—people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off. Imagine if they had a leader.”
Yes, imagine. No word on who, if anyone, Damon is endorsing for president in 2012. And it really doesn’t matter– it’s refreshing enough to see at least one Hollywood titan wake up to the reality that the Obama presidency has been little more than a third Bush term. Good on ya, Matt Damon!
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