Hollywood has sort of lost that loving feeling.
Still, Obama isn’t exactly a darling of the stars anymore.
Actor Matt Damon, who stumped for Obama in Florida in ’08, publicly slammed the president last month, telling Piers Morgan that he believes the president has “misinterpreted his mandate.”
Damon isn’t the only one grumbling. Other celebs who took active roles in Obama’s 2008 campaign have since knocked his performance as president.
Hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs told The Source magazine earlier this year that “I'd rather have a black president that was man enough to say that he was doing something for black people have one term than a president who played the politics game have two terms.”
Barbra Streisand, who crooned her support for Obama in ’08, admitted in December that she was “a little” disappointed in his leadership on the issue of “don’t ask, don’t tell” in the military. (Streisand won’t participate in any of the fundraising events on Thursday because of scheduling conflicts, said a rep.)
Even Black Eyed Peas frontman wil.i.am, the force behind the incredibly popular “Yes We Can” video tribute to Obama, has expressed his frustration. “I don’t want to hope anymore. I don’t think we should hope anymore. We hoped enough. Now we have to do,” the artist said in a January interview with The New York Times.
Despite all that apparent gloominess, the President was out here in SoCal last week doing some fund-raising and was still able to charge $33,000 a plate at one particular event in L.A. So, as we are wont to do from time to time, let's see what those folks were getting for their hard-earned scratch.
ClosingKeeping open Gitmo.
EndingFormalizing the indefinite detention of suspected terrorists.
EndingMaintaining military tribunals.
Not letting unemployment get above
810.5 percent with a $800 billion stimulus package.
DiscontinuingContinuing other Bush-era policies like rendition, Project Gunrunner and TARP.
EndingThrowing into warp drive the politicization of the Justice Department under the leadership of the biggest hack in the administration.
Engineering a bankruptcy cramdown of domestic auto companies that will most likely cost the U.S. tax-payers tens of billions of dollars.
Engaging in an act of war against a country that posed no threat whatsoever to the U.S.
withwithout the consent of Congress.
SwiftPainfully slow response to national disasters.
EndingMaintaining the practice of signing statements.
Signing off on predator drone strikes for the ostensible purpose of assassinating a foreign head of state.
We'll stop here but suffice to say, those Obamaites are indeed getting quite a bang for their buck, wouldn't you say?