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Once Big Obama Supporter, Matt Damon No Longer a Fan of Our President

You probably remember Matt Damon stumping for Obama during the 2008 presidential election season -- he was a huge Obama supporter who was as high as any of us on hope and the potential for change, and he helped mobilize Obama's young, connected supporters accordingly. But like many of us progressives, Damon is now somewhat disillusioned with our 44th president. In an interview with Piers Morgan on CNN last night, Damon detailed why he is no longer an Obama fan. "[Obama] misinterpreted his mandate," Damon said, adding:

"In his State of the Union he didn't even say the word 'poverty,' " said Damon. "You've got millions of people languishing in it." Damon, who backed the Obama campaign in 2008, said he appreciates that the president is a "deep thinker." The actor called Obama brilliant, but said he "definitely wanted more."

When questioned about what he'd do about Afghanistan, Damon said, "I don't think the mission there has been very well articulated. And I think it would help to kind of reframe the way we're thinking about being there and why we're there."

Damon also said there has not been a meaningful reform of Wall Street. He said he believes that is "dangerous" and "shameful" and that the financial crisis is "just going to happen again," because "they don't make anything. They don't build anything."

Watch the clip here:

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 4, 2011, 3:24am

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