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Posted on Mar 8, 2011
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Matt Damon greets fans outside a Berlin hotel in 2007.

Matt Damon was apparently paying attention as he narrated “Inside Job,” Charles Ferguson’s Oscar-winning documentary about the architects of the ongoing global economic catastrophe, as he’s broken with the cohort of celebrities who continue to support President Barack Obama two years into his White House tenure.

Speaking with the U.K.’s Independent newspaper about his latest film, “The Adjustment Bureau,” Damon worked in some zingers about Obama’s first-term moves in the economic and educational arenas, giving the president low marks.  —KA

The Independent:

Damon, 40, star of the Bourne spy trilogy and two new films, The Adjustment Bureau and True Grit, is scrupulously polite and mild-mannered when we meet in a Manhattan hotel. But laying bare his disenchantment with the Obama administration, he doesn’t hide how let down he feels. President Obama’s record on the economy particularly rankles. “I think he’s rolled over to Wall Street completely. The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They’re bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10 per cent? It’s terrible.”

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By fatty, March 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm Link to this comment

its a mircle Obamas in office u would think some racist would of got him

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By LocalHero, March 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm Link to this comment

Hey “call me Roy,”

Can we just dispense with your chosen name and call you what you really are? A Fascist, knuckle-dragging, warmongering, blood-thirsty, jingoistic jarhead?

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By berniem, March 10, 2011 at 7:25 pm Link to this comment

To “call me roy”: Truly, the only thing you CAN be called is part of the problem and complicit in your ease at sucking in the fascist propaganda being spewed by the right-wing megalomaniacs of both parties. I’m sure when this nation is brought to task for it’s crimes against humanity, you, like your predecessors in another so-called civilized nation not so long ago will try to justfy your criminal stupidity by saying, “I didn’t know what was happening”!

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By Steve E, March 10, 2011 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Excellent post accme88.

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By Joe the unlicensed plumber, March 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

Obama is a complete phony who campaigns like Bernie Saunders then governs like George Busch. BUT the Busch/Cheney regime was near criminal for shredding the Geneva Conventions and calling torture by another name. Who could possibly watch George Busch in a presidential debate and then vote for him…TWICE !!! He got the moron vote and that appears to be a majority among the electorate.
  What do 50,000 lobbyists do in DC? Two main functions: they write the law then hand out bribes to see that it gets passed.  Corporations, Banks, and Wall Street are running the show. How many people still think casting an intelligent vote is going to improve the USA?
  Civil disobedience is the only course left to the disappearing middle class.
  Then come homelessness and the soup line.

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By faith, March 10, 2011 at 1:29 pm Link to this comment

Just saw the movie last night.  Very depressing, but incredibly important.  Good
for Matt Damon for making an honest statement.  Good for Matt Damon for caring
about this nation and its future generations.

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By aacme88, March 10, 2011 at 9:48 am Link to this comment

Matt Damon is just voicing what millions of former Obama supporters think. It comes down to this: somebody’s going to win this so-far non-violent (mostly) civil war. If it’s the right, it is the end of America, and considering the stakes, maybe the civilized world. This is not overstated.
We are realizing that the Democrats are not going to be our saviors. They have for 30 years not appeared to be trying very hard. I and a lot of others are beginning to come to the conclusion that they are not going to cut it.
It doesn’t matter why, whether from incompetence, even against a foe that no longer bothers trying to make sense, or corruption, cashing in to play the good cop to the Republicans’ bad cop. It’s even crossed my mind that Obama was recruited to run for president by a shadow group of Republicans. If you have unlimited cash, why limit yourself to only one side. If you own both candidates, you always win. And the people installing Oligarchy in the US always win. So far.
But whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. Count the Democrats out. Part of the problem. Big part.
The knight on a white horse is you. It’s me. It’s your friends, and the guy next to you on the bus. It is the Wisconsin protesters, including the 14 exceptional Democratic senators, fearlessly and tirelessly showing us the way.
It’s even the Egyptians, showing how to sweep away a government that has grown intolerable.
No, not the government, here. Not the Constitution, except the 2 party system. 2 parties are too easy to make into one, with a political show of partisanship for the rubes. Take back the power. Repeal Citizens United, make people the only citizens again. Corporations are not people, and not citizens. Bring back honest elections, even close ones, that don’t get stolen because everyone is watching. Bring back an archaic word, “bribery”, defined as giving money to a politician. Bring back jobs, and while we’re at it, the middle class. Bring back honest mortgages that are a way for people to own homes, rather than a shell game that only Wall Street wins. Put the Wall Street gangsters in jail, and limit their ability to gamble away the country again. Time for an intervention there. Stop the endless wars and go back to an economic system based on producing and selling things, it’s called industry.
The teabaggers did at least come up with a good slogan, if you can take the xenophobia out of it.
“We want our country back.”

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By roker, March 10, 2011 at 2:13 am Link to this comment
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Damon’s concerns don’t even touch the core of the President’s failing. Obama, in concert with Schumer, is expanding uncontrollably gov attacks on communications privacy. Obama makes Bush look like a civil-libertarian. One Term is good enough for this guy.

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By Jay C, March 10, 2011 at 12:43 am Link to this comment

Matt Damon doesn’t have the constraints that Obama does so it’s pretty easy for him to offer his opinion.  Obama’s primary contrainst is we, the voters, most of whom are too stupid or uninterested to pay attention. We let the politicians, the Republican conservatives being among the worst, manipulate us.  We are headline readers for the most part. If Obama did everything he and we know is right - he’d be out in a shake and Sarah Palin would be in charge.  So consider that Mr. Damon before you start tearing down the best we have for now.

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By politicky, March 9, 2011 at 11:20 pm Link to this comment

I watched “Inside Job” today and I am with Damon.  I just don’t
have the energy to defend the enabler in chief Obama. The
banksters got away with the biggest heist in human history
because they bent governments to their will. The criminals in the
financial services sector are compared to cocaine addicts and a
pretty compelling case is shown comparing the behaviours of
both.

Like Robespierre115, I loved the movie Syriana.

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By RayLan, March 9, 2011 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

I always knew from his career launching in Good Will Hunting that Matt was really smart. This means of course that his critical thinking hasn’t been dumbed down by the usual pop crap of American culture which Obama plays up to. His above average intelligence is appaled by stupidity in politicians and celebs such as Palin. He is not fooled by Obama’s double-dealing sham.

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By knute, March 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm Link to this comment
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Hey Roy, Do you sleep with your red state hat on ? Are you really that oblivious to what being an american is all about. If you have the common sense to see whats fucked up with how things are being ran and the courage to speak out against it, than that is what a real patriot does. Dosen’t sound like you understand that most basic right of every american. I know stereotypes play well into the hands of the uninformed brainwashed boobs that make-up Fox News fans, thats why you have so many bretheran sharing dumbfuckistan with you, steadfastly supporting a government that seems to only function for the needs of industry instead of the people. You too get to be vicimized, your just too fuckin dumb to realize it. Did you love America so much that you voted and re-elected Cheney / Bush after they lied us to war and stripped away our credibility worldwide with their zeal for torture and war ? I’m afraid your brand of patriotism we can do without.

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By call me roy, March 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment

Damon is a Harvard grad-he was indoctrinated throughout his life to hate America by his parents, the dems in Mass, and then his profs at H-then he went off to Hollyweird to work with 300,000 or so America haters. It was only a matter of time before his true beliefs made it to celluloid like his new movie “Green Zone” which is not only bad but horrible. Remember though, Matt none of your Hollyweird colleagues sure won’t be giving up (or paying taxes) on their off-shore trusts when this country is flowing down the toilet with three more years of “The Anointed One.” I know I’m asking a lot considering that we are talking about Californians who are leaving the state like rats on a sinking ship because of the total incompetence of the liberal leadership. Maybe, he could call Nancy Peloci and get her advice. Maybe he could call the Rock’n’ rollers to help. Oh, sorry, I forgot, most of them are probably busy with those Aliester Crowley Satanic meetings and the sacrificial evening festivities.
Matt, I have some simple advice. You want to meet a real hero so you can figure out what kind of movie to make? Go talk to the three Navy SEALs who faced assault charges for capturing one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq.

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By berniem, March 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm Link to this comment

Bravo, Matt! However, be advised that neither half of our “two-party dictatorship” is about equality, justice, or freedom. As far as we average Ameicans are concerned, the struggle between Ds & Rs is akin to the War of the Roses and the outcome is strictly to determine which elitist cabal wins the corporate largesse!

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By D.R. Zing, March 9, 2011 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

I have to agree with Robespierre115:  More people need to see Syriana.

It’s a little strange the interviewer didn’t mention it, since it stars Damon and Clooney and is about the politics and oil strategy that are currently forcing President Obama to make choices alienating him from progressives.

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By lasmog, March 9, 2011 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment

I was happy to hear Damon’s comments about Obama, but apparently Damon is still a fan of Bill Clinton.  Its hard to reconcile criticizing Obama’s kowtowing to Wall Street and remaining a fan of Bill Clinton who deregulated Wall Street in the first place.

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By FRTothus, March 9, 2011 at 8:59 am Link to this comment

@NotOneMore:  Very well said.  Very well said indeed. 
Thank you for that great quote, too. I agree that it
matters not who says what is true, what matters is if
it is true.

@Rollzone: The oil interests are not Arab.  The
Anglos control the refining and have all the guns,
hold all the money.  They put in power those who will
do their bidding and allow the economic and
environmental raping of the people.  The US supports
OPEC, a cartel, which is illegal under US law, but
law has been long been the whore for “stability” and
“order” for the aristocracy.

The capitalist system has nothing to gain by solving
any of these “problems”.  They are huge sources of
profit and power for the few, to the detriment of the
many, as Adam Smith pointed out so long ago. 
Democracy and capitalism are simply incompatible. 
Capitalism leads to monopoly control by a rapacious
and ruthless elite.  Its structure is one of top-down
rule, and control of the public mind to accept this
as normal and natural is and has been a conscious
undertaking by big business-funded think tanks.


Our own non-violent revolution is at hand.  It is not
far away.  Too many people know too much, have seen
too much, have learned too much, despite the schools
and the media, despite the government’s efforts to
beat out the stubborn sense of fair play and decency
of the American people, and the persecution of those
who dare tell the sad truth, even outing our own
spies.  The sixties and the ‘70s had a very
civilizing effect, and the “Vietnam Syndrome” has
spread. The internet has opened doors and has shown
us how different the world is from what we are told
it is. The US War of Terror is back-firing.  People
are losing their fear everywhere.  Governments are
scared. The rich are lashing out. It is working.

Remember - First they ignore you, then they laugh at
you, then they fight you…


Respect.

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By JDmysticDJ, March 9, 2011 at 8:57 am Link to this comment

Celebrity endorsements can be enlightening and informative. I need more of this kind of information. I’m aware of the political perspectives of Ted Nugent and Chuck Norris, but please give us more. I’m curious about the political perspectives of:  TMZ journalists, Charlie Sheen and his goddesses, Jessica Simpson, Lady Ga Ga, The cast of Seinfeld, Homer and Marge Simpson, and Lois and Peter Griffin.

Hopefully, Peter King’s next hearing will focus on Hollywood celebrities.

Thanks truthdig, for providing this valuable forum.

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By Not One More!, March 9, 2011 at 12:20 am Link to this comment

The value of a celebrity statement may be debatable. What we do see is the more reward (money) a person gets from America’s broken system, the less inclined they are to criticize it, even if it is blatantly obvious that the system is corrupt. So it’s nice to see someone who is willing to broach the subject considering that really have nothing to gain financially from making it.

Now, if Damon believes that the problem lies with Obama specifically, and not the whole democratic party leadership, he still has some learning to do.

If you want republican policies, vote democrat. If you want peace and justice, vote third party.

Support third party candidates.
http://www.NotOneMore.US

“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” Bertrand Russell

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By racetoinfinity, March 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm Link to this comment

It’s about time one of them woke up to the emperor’s OLD clothes!

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By mojo.rhythm, March 8, 2011 at 11:44 pm Link to this comment
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Matt Damon was actually Howard Zinn’s next door neighbor.  He does have his head screwed on with regard to politics.  It is good that he does because he is highly influential to alot of people.

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By Wikileaks for Nobel, March 8, 2011 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment

It’s fine when a celebrity proves to have some integrity, smarts, and progressive values…but frankly, the entire celebrity shtick is part and parcel of our commodity culture.  Who cares whether Britney or Lake or Jeff or whoever it is, is having second thoughts about x, y, or z.  We still have to live our lives, and hopefully do some thinking on our own; did we think that the people in the grocery-store magazine racks would figure things out for us?

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By Robespierre115, March 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment

Good to see a celebrity showing some common sense. More people need to see “Syriana” which shows you how the real world works.

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By Big B, March 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm Link to this comment

oh contare rollzone, BP was a beggar to its own demise. If Barry had done his job, he would have frozen all BP assets, siezed all BP property, and liquidated their holdings. This would have had a two fold effect. First, BP would be gone, and its sleazy legacy along with it. Second, it would have been a gautlet throw down to all other corporations that you don’t fuck with the ecological interests of the US and get away with it.

He could have done that, but he was too busy kissing wall streets ass and cow-towing to big pharma with his impotent health care plan.

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By rollzone, March 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

hello. just because Arab oil interests put him in
office, and he conspired to destroy BP, and weaken all
our European alliances, and flood our country with
illegals, and destroy our currency- is no reason to
give up on him now. two more rounds of golf, and
perhaps there will be a ‘no fly’ over Libya. and then
we can get serious about health care. give the kid some
time. he has a peace prize. only losers still believe
anything he says.

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By brianrouth, March 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

this is interesting Matt http://vimeo.com/20715539

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