Matt Damon, who is vying with George Clooney and Sean Penn for Hollywood’s most politically active film star, is on a new crusade. He’s slamming President Obama, whom he supported in 2008.
“I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician,'” Damon tells Elle magazine.
“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’s sentiments are shared by many liberals who thought the president would carry out Franklin Roosevelt style economic reforms after the financial system collapse.
Instead, Obama moved to the center after his election, embraced Wall Street and has been more like a Harry Truman or worse, Herbert Hoover.
What’s more, he barely lifted a finger when Republicans threatened to capture the house in mid-term elections. The end result has been gridlock in Washington.
“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,” Damon said.
But as Obama said in his far-reaching “60 Minutes” interview, he is often judged against the ideal rather than the alternatives. On that score, alone, he deserves another term.
So far the Republican presidential candidates are a bunch of has-beens, far right-wing ideologues and free-market wackos, whose prescription for the country is precisely what got us into this mess in the first place.
Whatever Damon’s views, he’s invested a lot of his career in making films that highlight the nation’s and the world’s social and political problems.
Movie’s like 2009’s “Invictus,” about Apartheid in South Africa, and 2010’s “Green Zone,” about the hunt for Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction, are illuminating compared with Hollywood’s usual dreck.
And, 2010’s “Inside Job” about the Wall Street meltdown, really should be must viewing to understand how greedy financial executives nearly ruined the country.