Obama and Hollywood: The Honeymoon Is Over


"I don't know why Obama ever trusted these BP guys. They would lie to their mothers," Lee said to GQ in August. "[Former BP president Tony] Hayward does not give a [expletive]. The thing we don't talk about is that 11 Americans lost their lives and it took seven weeks to invite their families to the White House. I'm not trying to bash my man, but that's a long time."

In an echo of many criticisms leveled at the Bush administration for its response to the devastating Katrina floods in New Orleans, Lee called Obama out for "environmental racism."

"If this oil spill would have reached the Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard [where Lee summers], Cape Cod, that [expletive] would have been fixed," he said.

In an interview with the British paper Guardian January 2010, "Glee" star Jane Lynch called Obama a "huge disappointment" for not taking bolder action on gay rights.

"Shouldn't there be safeguards against the majority voting on the rights of a minority?" she asked. "If people voted on civil rights in the '60s, it would have never happened. It took somebody like [President] Lyndon Johnson going, 'F*** all of you. I'm going to do this.' Obama won't do it."

But it's not just Hollywood that has lost a lot of its love. Obama's approval ratings fell by 11 percent across the board in 2010, according to the most recent Gallup poll.

Still, with all the flack the president has gotten from the left wing of his party, one would think his moderate bona fides should have earned him some GOP respect by now.

One would be wrong. Newt Gingrich, the former congressmen who spearheaded Capitol Hill's 1994 so-called Republican revolution, has announced he may explore a 2012 bid for the presidency.

"The rule of law," Gingrich complained, "is being replaced by the rule of Obama."

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