Matt Damon rips Obama: "Imagine if they had a leader"

Dec 21, 2011 at 12:55 p.m. ET

Matt Damon's always good for some candid political talk. Have you heard his latest rant about President Obama?

Matt Damon no longer subscribes to "the audacity of hope…" Or any of the other promises Barack Obama made when he hit the campaign trail back in 2008.

In the new January 2012 issue of Elle magazine, the We Bought a Zoo star expresses his displeasure with the president he proudly endorsed three years ago.

"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,'" said Matt, who conducted the Elle interview on the first day of an Occupy Wall Street offshoot in Vancouver.

"You know, a one-term president with some (nerve) who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better," he added.

"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. Imagine if they had a leader."

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The outspoken actor has been critical of the Obama administration before.

Damon first pooh-poohed the job Barack's been doing as Commander-in-Chief in an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan last March. During that chat, The Bourne Identity hunk accused the president of misrepresenting his mandate.

A politician who lies? We've never heard of such a thing!

"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," Matt remarked at the time.

"Unemployment at 10 percent? It's terrible… They had a chance that they don't have anymore to stand up for things. They've probably squandered that at this point. They'll probably just make whatever deals they can to try and get elected again."

Do you agree with Matt's assessment of President Obama?

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