Despite voicing some slight criticism over the way that the president has handled China's abysmal human rights record, actor Richard Gere still thinks Obama has done an "excellent job" and will "go down probably as one of our great presidents."
Gere, a Buddhist, made the comments to CNS News last week after testifying on Capitol Hill about Tibet. And just wait until you see how he delivered them:
CNS News reports:
After his testimony, CNSNews.com asked Gere, "Has President Obama, in your mind, been tough enough on China regarding human rights?"
Gere said, “No, no, he [Obama] has a ways to go. I think he’s finding his way of how forceful to be. I know what his own private feelings are – those are clear."
“I think he’s also finding out with the Chinese you have to be very frontal," said Gere. "You have to be very clear. You have to be unconfused and you must be very strong. I think he’s getting there but he could be stronger, yes.”
CNSNews.com also asked Gere, "Are you supportive of his job performance overall?"
Gere said, “Overall, I think he’s done an extraordinary job. I think he’s going to go down probably as one of our great presidents."
“He’s been able to juggle – let’s think of all of the problems that he’s had in his presidency," said the actor. "You know, natural disasters, or international issues, domestic. He has found a way to change and flow to learn from every situation.”