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Matt Damon 'Bought a Zoo' and says Obama sold out to Wall Street

damonMatt122511_optBY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Another voice of Hollywood is sounding off as an election year approaches. Actor Matt Damon, who campaigned heavily for President Barack Obama in 2008, has again expressed his disappointment in Obama.

In March, Damon said he thought President Obama misinterpreted his mandate, and said that he has rolled over to Wall Street. Speaking to the newest issue of Elle magazine, Damon said, "A one-term president who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better."

The actor has a history of speaking his mind politically. In 2008 he criticized Sarah Palin’s inexperience and knowledge of historical facts, suggested the Bush twins be sent to war; and calling William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, an “idiot.”

The International Business Times reported that Damon referenced the Occupy movements, saying, “People are without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell because they are so pissed off ... Imagine if they had a leader."

Obama actually had similar remarks to Damon’s for ABC’s Diane Sawyer in March 2010. According to the Huffington Post, he said, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president.”

President Obama had comments of his own for Damon at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in May. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he said, "I've let down my core constituency: movie stars. Well, Matt, I just saw 'The Adjustment Bureau,' so...right back atcha, buddy."

Damon is also the cofounder of Water.org, which helps families in Africa and India drill wells or tap into existing water lines. His latest film in theaters now is "We Bought a Zoo," where Damon, trying to cope with being a single father of two after the death of his wife, buys a zoo.

 

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