Matt Damon’s Harsh Criticism of Obama Keeps It Real

obamaMatt Damon was one of the more vocal celebrities to back Barack Obama when he was campaigning in 2008. Now, almost four years later, the We Bought a Zoo star is kinda ticked off with the Prez. Damon spoke with Elle magazine (really?) about Obama's performance in his first term and about the Occupy Wall Street movement, and I'll be darned if he didn't take the words out of my much less famous mouth.

Damon basically says that he wishes Obama had more balls. How about dem apples. Here are Matt's exact words:


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. 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.

Agreed and agreed. Obama's first term has let a lot of people down, if only because their expectations were crazy high. Damon may feel extra peeved because he spent so much time lending his support to the Obama campaign a few years ago and now feels like he had the wool pulled over his eyes.

And I think a lot of us feel that way. Yes, Obama has faced a ton of opposition when it comes to the House and Senate, but I don't know if that's really an excuse. His term has been plagued with ginormous national problems; unemployment, health care, and tax debates are ongoing issues without an end in sight. That doesn't necessarily make him any different than any other president -- everyone's had major difficulties to confront during their terms -- but what does make it different is the fact that many of us strongly believed Obama would be able to do more with his time in the White House. That he'd effect change.

No one wants to have been played the fool, and no one, of course, wants the nation to be in the state it's in. This is pretty much the opposite of "winning." Who knows, though. Maybe Damon will put his interest in politics to work and run for office. What do you think: Damon/Affleck for 2012?

What do you think of Matt Damon's comments?


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