In an interview set to air tonight on CNN, Obama supporter and actor Matt Damon admitted he has had a change of heart when it comes to the president. According to Damon, Obama hasn't come through on his promises.
Piers Morgan pointedly asked Damon, who campaigned for Obama in 2008, if Damon was happy with Obama and still a fan. Damon responded, "No. No. I really think he misinterpreted his mandate." He went on to quote a friend who said, "I no longer hope for audacity."
While the clip doesn't show it, a story on CNN's website says Damon went on to criticize Obama for his State of the Union speech:
"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."
Some, such as Mediaite's Alex Alvarez, will wonder why Damon would even be questioned about his political views. He's an actor, after all. That's a valid point.* But considering Damon's ardent support for Obama in the past, I'm glad it was a topic of conversation -- especially since Hollywood was so lovestruck by Obama in 2008. It's good to know if that's still the case.
Damon's new comments, no doubt, will make many conservatives smile. After Obama's election, many predicted the new president had overpromised and would underdeliver. It seems that some on the left are starting to think so, too.
*It should be noted that Damon was on set to promote his new movie "The Adjustment Bureau." Still, his political views did come up, including his thoughts on the war in Afghanistan.