Academy Award winner Matt Damon was one of Barack Obama’s most vocal Hollywood supporters in the 2008 election, but the actor has since changed his tune.
After speaking out against Obama’s economic decisions to Piers Morgan last year, the “We Bought a Zoo” star has expressed his disappointment with the president yet again.
“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, 41, told Elle magazine in a new interview. “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.”
Referencing nearby Occupy Vancouver protestors (the interview took place in the British Columbia city), Damon said the president had more than enough of a “mandate” to make more drastic political decisions.
“If the Democrats think that they didn’t have a mandate — people are literally without any focus or leadership, just wandering out into the streets to yell right now because they are so pissed off,” he told the mag. “Imagine if they had a leader.”
As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, though Damon may have strong political opinions, the actor shot down rumors of possible political aspirations earlier this year.
When asked by a paparazzo if he’d consider running for president back in August, Damon quickly replied, “No, sir.”
Adding, “I think there are probably better choices out there.”