It appears, however, that the White House has begun to notice Damon's comments over the past few weeks concerning his disappointment with this administration. So much so, that Obama, who is pretty much spineless when it comes to opposition, actually took a cheap shot at Damon at a recent speech.
First, Damon's statement on the Piers Morgan show:
Damon, during a March interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, said he was “disappointed” with Obama’s presidency for a number of reasons, including this one:
“He’s doubled down on a lot of things, going back to education ... the idea that we’re testing kids and we’re tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We’re training them, not teaching them.”
Then the President's comeback:
Last Saturday night, Obama, who targeted a number of his critics in his speech, said this in mocking response to Damon’s “disappointed” remark:
“I’ve even let down my key core constituency: movie stars. Just the other day, Matt Damon -- I love Matt Damon, love the guy -- Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw ‘The Adjustment Bureau’ so...right back atcha, buddy.”
That's really supposed to be funny? We are hemorrhaging financially in this country, fighting several announced and unannounced wars, inflation abounds, recession is HERE, people are homeless and jobless, and the Prez wants to open up sludge oil pipelines from Canada to Texas (not tipping his hand there, is he?), but he's got time to take a shot at an actor.
Talk about really losing your base constituency, and not being afraid to show you don't give a shit.
It turns out that people in the Obama administration made several attempts to reach actor Matt Damon just before he spoke at last month’s Save Our Schools rally in Washington D.C., blasting education policies that focus on high-stakes standardized tests.
According to two people familiar with the efforts, the administration tried to arrange a meeting with Damon and government officials, including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, before the July 30 march. The sources declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter.
In fact, Duncan was willing to meet Damon at the airport when he flew into the Washington region and talk to him on the drive into the city, according to the sources. Damon declined all of the requests.
Damon in 2012! H/T to Valerie Strauss here and here.