Matt Damon, one of Barack Obama's earliest supporters and once one of his most staunch advocates, slammed the President in the new issue of Elle Magazine.
"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 tells the magazine. source
There is little that rankles me more than this type of so called friendly fire. First, I remember the 2000 election year friendly fire from Ralph Nadar that contributed to the defeat of Al Gore. His campaign as an Independent split the progressive vote and net result: 8 disastrous years of Bush/Cheney.
Second, my progressive friends on the left seem to want a Messiah. A Messiah, ala Moses, that can split the Red Sea or change water to wine. On the other side of the aisle, GOP voters have historically been more realistic about how much and how fast change can come. Ronald Reagan did not deliver most of the conservatives' wish list in three years. They understood that Reagan was installing a conservative system that would pay dividends (for his constituents) for decades to come.
We have conservative courts, supply side economics, conservative think tanks, conservative radio and TV news shows and a country that is solidly right centered. The majority of the aforementioned were inspired by the Reagan Revolution.
Were folks on the right upset with Reagan from time to time? Yes! Because out of political necessity he had to compromise with the Democrats. However, the vastly more disciplined GOP expressed their frustrations behind closed doors (with a few exceptions of course).
Matt Damon is entitled to his own opinion - but to borrow from a cliche - he is not entitled to his own facts (with all due respects for the great works for humanity he does worldwide). In particular, when he says:
"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."
Obama's Big Accomplishment:
Health Care - many presidents tried but he was the only one that succeeded.
Stimulus Package - many economist believe this (and other rescue efforts) saved our country world from a Great Depression.
Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell - allows openly gays to serve their country in the military
Wall Street Reform Act
Issued an executive order to repeal Bus era restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research
Significantly expanded Pell Grants, which help low income students to attend college
Signed a new START Treaty - nuclear arms reduction pact with Russia