Matt Damon: “We Bought a Zoo” Sez Country Would Have Been Off with a “One-Term President With Some Balls” Than Obama
The truly great actor Matt
Damon (he’s even good in Team America, fer chrissakes!) takes to
the acid-free pages of Elle magazine to denounce President Barack
“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 politican,'” Damon told the publication.
“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
The “We Bought a Zoo” star also weighed in on the Occupy Wall
Street protests, arguing Obama’s lack of leadership has contributed
to Americans’ overall discontent with the government.
Wait a second! It wasn’t that long ago that Obama’s supporters
were absolutely crowing about all the ginormously historical stuff
he’d accomplished. You know, health-care reform, bailouts, the
stimulus, the repeal (however grudging) of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,
the Race to the Top initiative, the Lily Ledbetter act, you name
And that’s not even getting into the stuff, like indefinite
detention and assassination of U.S. citizens and historic levels of
deporting latinos and raiding medical marijuana dispensaries and
starting new wars, where he out-Bushed Bush.
But now Matt Damon won’t get fooled again:
“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’re pissed off,”
said Damon, 41. “Just imagine if they had a leader.”
As someone who has never voted for a winning candidate at any
level of government (including student council), I sympathize with
folks such as Damon, who thought their guy had finally made it to
the top and was going to remake the world in their beautiful image.
But maybe, just maybe the reason why Obama and the Dems are so
unpopular is precisely the things they did do (see partial list
above). Maybe just maybe.
Which isn’t to say that Obama and the Dems haven’t gone limp in
the clinches on all sorts of things. First and foremost, they
failed to pass a budget when they controlled Congress and the White
House, a historic first. Indeed, the Democratically controlled
Senate has effectively given up on the task of ever even producing
such a tiresome document.
None of the above should be taken as an endorsement of the GOP
over the past decade-plus. But Obama supporters can’t really have
it both ways: Either the president is a disappointment because he
did what he did or or he’s a disappointment because he didn’t do
enough. Given the long list of actions that usually gets attached
to his name, I’m betting
on the former.
The last time Matt Damon was super-angry in public? That would
have been when he talked to Reason.tv at the Save Our Schools rally
in DC (though to be fair, it might have the white-guy rap that
starts the vid):