Matt Damon on Obama: Should Have Been a "One Term President With Balls"
Actor Matt Damon has obviously been as frustrated as the rest of us about the past few years in politics. Earlier this year, our editor here at AlterNet Don Hazen called him the mensch of the year. As the son of a schoolteacher, the actor known for his roles in the Bourne movies and many many more has been an increasingly vocal critic of "education reform" policy that ties teachers' salaries to kids test scores. Recently, he went even further in an interview with Elle magazine.
"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 tells the magazine. "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."
Referring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, Damon continued: "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 ... Imagine if they had a leader."
Hey, Matt, we're ready! Form an exploratory committee already.