Matt Damon wants Obama to grow a pair

Matt Damon wishes President Barack Obama had “some balls.” Although he initially supported Obama in 2008, earlier this year the actor told Piers Morgan during a televised interview that he was disappointed in the President’s performance to date, saying, “I really think he misinterpreted his mandate.” In the current issue of Elle magazine, he had even harsher criticism for the Democrat. “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. “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.” The actor, who was interviewed while in a Vancouver restaurant, pointed at the Occupy Wall Street movement that was going on outside at the time. “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,” he said. “Imagine if they had a leader.”

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  1. Joan • December 22, 2011 @ 12:44 AM

    I can’t wait for there to be a new president. Obama hasn’t done anything he promised. Where’s the health care? And what’s with dropping the ban on slaughtering horses for meat? He’s the worst president the U.S. has ever had IMO.

  2. Nobody Important • December 22, 2011 @ 12:50 AM

    He’s right.

  3. Jen • December 22, 2011 @ 5:04 AM

    Obama is the best thing that ever happened to the U.S. He has been blocked at every turn by the Republicans whose only mission is to make the rich, richer. The entire process of trying to accomplish anything in the U.S. government is problematic at best. You would like Gingrich? Romney? Bachman? Perry? They pale in comparison to Obama…by the way there is health care Joan. He is the only President to get it passed. Where is Osama Bin Laden? Don’t ask, don’t tell GONE! He saved the auto industry and saved a the U.S. from a depression. His troops are out of Iraq. What is happening is certainly not optimal, however, he inherited a terrible mess from Bush. I believe his accomplishments are remarkable.

  4. Nicki • December 22, 2011 @ 9:20 AM

    Joan you are a racist pig.

  5. Jane • December 22, 2011 @ 9:42 AM

    Nicki you are ignorant – race has nothing to do with it.

  6. TheTruth • December 22, 2011 @ 12:27 PM

    Jen, I agree with you. Not sure why everyone hating on the Obombman!

  7. Danielle • December 22, 2011 @ 1:03 PM

    Why some people think he’s god is beyond me, tho it looks like some believers are starting to see the light. I’m just very thankful he’s not my leader.

  8. Joshua • December 22, 2011 @ 1:13 PM

    The black community must be Shi**ing themselves about now. They finally got a black President(which they deserve)and now all he stands for is oppression and tyranny. Oh the F**king irony.

  9. isnoy • December 22, 2011 @ 2:06 PM

    Common’re best in criticizing other people especially Pres. Obama. I’m not an American, nor a black person or white people but give him a break… He’s trying his best to solve so many problems.. He cannot do everything in just 4 years..I respect your opinions but sometimes you people are just too much !!! So maybe shut-up a bit…

  10. Robbie • December 22, 2011 @ 4:14 PM

    Way to go Joan if he was a white Pres. all these tree huggers would say nothing P.S. he,s done nothing he said he would! Time to leave and use the back door!!!

  11. Michael • December 22, 2011 @ 5:13 PM

    Matt Damon talking about the political arena is like Obama talking about all the skills required to be a great actor. Although I watch the Bourne movies and a fan of Matt’s for his work, he is wrong on Obama. However, most Americans put Obama so high up there it was impossible for him ever to achieve those heights, but consider the alternatives available: McCain-Palin in 2008 and the current bunch of wannabes in the GOP political debates. Perhaps, you could consider the GOP candidate working within their party as seen in the current Congress and even those GOP members in the Senate. See, no contest.

  12. Fred • December 22, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

    Obama is a great orator. He is NOT a leader. Feel sorry for Americans. They don’t seem to have much choice between the extremes of just self-serving politicians.

  13. Terry • December 22, 2011 @ 5:20 PM

    I’m sick to death of people screaming racism every time someone says they don’t like a black person!!! Joan’s comment indicated NOTHING of Obama’s colour. With all this crying about racism at every turn I believe coloured people bring discrimination upon themselves and need only to look in the mirror for blame.

  14. Nicki • December 22, 2011 @ 7:11 PM

    Look at at all the Internet trolls on here. Bunch of racist right wing pigs. Keep supporting people like Bush and Harper and see where that will get you!

  15. Matt • December 22, 2011 @ 7:29 PM

    Obama’s the only candidate that actually seems… smart.

  16. Lucky • December 22, 2011 @ 9:02 PM

    First of all, I agree that Joan did not say anything about the President being an African American, so calling her a racist is very wrong. Next, why can’t Matt Damon speak his mind regarding his President and politics? He is a human being, acting is his profession and last time I checked anyone has the right to express their political views. No one ever said that we all have to agree, but as decent human beings, we should respect an individual’s opinons – lie them or not. I am not American but what I can say about politics in general is that I believe our politicans appear to focus on making the rich richer and leaving the working class to struggle… just my thoughts.

  17. Terry • December 23, 2011 @ 5:05 AM

    Lucky, very well said!!

  18. Nobody Important • December 23, 2011 @ 8:27 AM

    Guantanamo Bay is still around, so’s America’s high unemployment rate, their mind-boggling debt, their unregulated markets, their indentured servitude to China, threats to repeal healthcare reform, and their political partisanship.

    I thought Bush was an idiot, but being a retard had its benefits – Bush ignored opinions of himself in order to accomplish his political goals. Obama’s an exceptional speaker, but that’s about it. If he intends to effect “change” than he better change the way he conducts business.

  19. Van Lee • December 23, 2011 @ 8:39 AM

    I think some people seem to forget that President Obama inherited problems from the former president who put the US in debut in the first place after being elected twice, how can we expect him to fix the problem over night? I’m not a fan of any politician, but there seems to be a lot of hostility toward this president.

    Before you ask, no I didn’t vote for President Obama.

  20. Sharon • December 23, 2011 @ 9:31 AM

    Lucky made the best comment of all.

  21. Joshua • December 23, 2011 @ 1:11 PM

    isnoy maybe when you actually KNOW something about this you can say something. So STFU a little… It dosn’t matter who they have for President. They are all in the pocket of big business. Wake the hell up….

  22. Oliva • December 23, 2011 @ 6:30 PM

    #I am proud to be a canadian, where I don’t have to put up with this s***#

    SERIOUSLY?! Slaughtering Horses is bad Obama, very very bad! And yes, you brought the troops back from Iraq and ended Dont ask dont tell. Still doesnt stop how much you DIDNT accomplish that you promised.

    But then again, next year he’s possibly up against Sarah Palin, who is a complete whack-a-doo in my mind, Rick Perry, who WANTS dont ask dont tell back, Michelle Bachman, who pretty much bashed Elvis by saying it was his b-day when it was his death day, Herman Cain, who may have sexually harressed young girls, and Donald Freaking Trump, who I dont even want to talk about.

    This is my opinion, and even though I dont have a say in the U.S government, but I would vote for Obama.

  23. i agree with jen • December 23, 2011 @ 7:46 PM

    I agree with jen, she said it best, the man inherited a terrible mess from bush, and the only country in the world who doesnt seem to like obama is the states themselves_ they must be so use to dealing with shit that that is what they seem to want. Many other citizens of the world love obama,,, i would know cause i ask alot when i travel for business… presidents are just the face of the government if they agree with the powers that be behind them,,, then they are respected and listened to,,, if they dont they are made to look useless by the media that is run by the power groups…. people wake the hell up>>> OPEN your EYES… you loose him then you know what they say “be careful what you wish for” LOVE YA OBAMA STAY STRONG

  24. Spanky • December 23, 2011 @ 8:11 PM

    Of all the important stuff Obama has messed up or missed out on and Joan goes for the horse meat issue, wow what a loon! Seriously, the “Worst Pres Ever” line made you an idiot but the horse meat issue made you a crazy idiot! Bubba was hands down the worst American President EVER! History will always show that with him almost bankrupting the country and then running away to let someone else clean up the mess.

    You can’t blame Obama for everything, yes he has no back bone and tries to make everyone happy when he should stick to his guns. The biggest problem the US has is the Rupublican Party, people should be pissed at them! They have held the country hostage since getting control of the HOR, they have blocked everything Obama has tried to do just for the sake of blocking him and not caring for the countries wellfare. The Republicans have done more damage these last few years then everything Obama has done combined, they are the problem and need to be voted out if the US actually wants to fully recover.

  25. Trevor • December 24, 2011 @ 2:27 AM

    Thankfully I am a proud Canadian working in Fort Mac. Life is pretty damn good so who cares about these ‘Mericans. I got my F-350, big ass house in Edmonton…so screw them!

  26. Jen • December 24, 2011 @ 5:24 AM

    Trevor with your comments here and kristen stewart, you are obviously a deep thinker…

  27. Davy • December 24, 2011 @ 3:52 PM

    I think racism is the correct thing for Nicki to say to discribe her feelings.
    Except take Black and White out of the equation. If I told you all I was a Replubican you would think of me with racist like stereotypes, and vice versa.
    Until we stop the political racism we will never get anything done. Too simple, think about the issues not what political race you ascribe to.

  28. Ross Murray • December 28, 2011 @ 9:34 PM

    – In the run-up to the last U.S. election, it was obvious they weren’t going to elect a Republican – period. Remember Bush’s (deserved) don’t-let-the-door-hit-your-ass-on-the-way-out removal at the changeover? But I had the bad feeling Obama was a talk-the-talk-but-can’t-walk-the-walk person, just running so he could be Prez-id-ent. I hoped I was wrong; sorry not to be. Trouble is now, with another election coming, for the Republicans it’s Send-In-The-Clowns. No third party, either. The U.S. is in trouble, and, by extension, so are we.

  29. Roberta Beach • December 31, 2011 @ 9:01 PM

    As a Canadian, Obama isn’t my preident, but I must agree with the point made that the rest of the world likes and respects Obama. It’s hard for anyone to earn that respect in a time where every politician is under a media microscope where we anxiously await a fall from the pedestal we put them on.
    That said, I’ve yet to see any world leader who could accomplish all, or even most, of his plans in a four year term. Or, for that matter, any democratic leader who could accomplish anything with all the other elected politians each pursuing their own agenda.

  30. Lou • February 23, 2012 @ 2:34 PM

    President Obama has, according to unbiased sites, made good on close to 75% of his promises. Despite being blocked by Reich-wing Republicans at every turn who put party over country. It is amazing he was able to accomplish as much as he has, and I agree he should have done more to close Guantanamo and repeal wiretapping and saying on Americans.
    But the idea that any Rethuglican could have done half the things he did, or any good for your (not my) country, is patently absurd when you hear the rantings of virtually any candidate.
    Want to check Obama’s record? Click on my name. Currently, he has kept (or in the process of keeping) 68% of the promises on record.
    He has “broken” a whopping 13% of them.
    Any way you look at it,l that is a damn impressive record.
    Any Republican wins the election this year? God help America.

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