Matt Damon Down on President Obama in Elle Interview
When Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, Matt Damon was one of his biggest celebrity supporters not named Oprah Winfrey. He may want to reach out to Damon if he'd like the actor to back him again in the 2012 presidential race.
In an interview with Elle magazine, the "We Bought a Zoo" star said, "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.'" He then added, "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."
Referencing the Occupy protests, Damon said the Democrats have received a mandate from people who are "just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off." He wondered aloud, "Imagine if they had a leader."
Damon expressed his reservations about Obama earlier this year, and the President laughed off his criticisms at the White House Correspondent's Dinner.
"I've even let down my key core constituency: Movie stars," he said. "Just the other day, Matt Damon - I love Matt Damon, love the guy - Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance."
Obama then threw in a zinger of his own, saying "Well, Matt, I just saw 'The Adjustment Bureau,' so … right back atcha, buddy."