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In one of his most biting comments on Obama yet, Damon told Elle magazine that “a one-term president with some balls” would have been better.
“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,'” Damon told the magazine.
Elle characterized Damon’s comments as “disappointment ringing with a now-familiar tone of wounded idealism.”
The interview was conducted in New York during the start of the Occupy Wall Street protests.
“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,” Damon told the magazine. “Imagine if they had a leader.”
The actor, whose on-the-ground support in 2008 was crucial for Obama’s in key states, especially Florida, started publicly criticizing the president in March during a CNN interview with Piers Morgan. “I really think he misinterpreted his mandate,” Damon said. ” A friend of mine said to me the other day, I thought it was a great line, ‘I no longer hope for audacity.'”
Damon’s criticism has not gone unnoticed by Obama. In May the president used the actor’s comments as material for his speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, D.C.
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