Does Barack Obama care what Matt Damon thinks about him? If so, I hope he avoids watching CNN tonight, because Matt's got some harsh words to share about the president's job performance.
While Matt Damon initially campaigned for Obama, he's not pulling any punches these days when it comes to his political opinions. In an interview set to air tonight, Damon tells CNN's Piers Morgan he's unhappy with the president. When asked if he thinks Obama's been doing a good job running the country, Damon didn't mince words.
"No," said the actor.
This isn't the first time Damon has taken Obama to task. Last year he accused the president of over-compromising on issues, although he conceded that overly high expectations may have contributed to his dissatisfaction.
I'm disappointed in the health care plan and in the troop buildup in Afghanistan. Everyone feels a little let down because, on some level, people expected all their problems to go away. But real change comes from everyday people. You can't wait for a leader.
To Piers Morgan, Damon says Obama "misinterpreted his mandate."
He's doubled down on a lot of things, going back to education ... the idea that we're testing kids and we're tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We're training them, not teaching them.
I don't typically think it's fair that a celebrity often gets a bigger voice than the rest of us when it comes to politics, but I do think Damon's opinions are interesting because he was such a strong, visible supporter during Obama's presidential campaign. Is Damon's current disappointment tied to being so invested in the elections back in 2008? Or is he saying what many of us are thinking, that the change we'd all hoped for seems to be nowhere in sight?
What do you think, is Obama listening? After all, George W. Bush said Kanye's diss was the "lowest point in his presidency"—maybe the White House listens to Hollywood more than we'd guess.
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