*In an interview with ELLE magazine, Matt Damon continues to express his disappointment in President Barack Obama.
In 2008, the actor was one of Obama’s most ardent celebrity supporters, even stumping for the future president. But in March, he told Piers Morgan that he expected more out of the president, leading Obama to fire back at May’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner with the quip: “Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so right back atcha, buddy.”
In the new ELLE, Damon doesn’t back down from his earlier sentiment. “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level,” he told the magazine. “One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’”
The “We Bought a Zoo” star added later, “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.”
Regarding the ongoing Occupy protests, he widened his net to the entire Democratic party, saying, “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.”
Meanwhile, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is once again targeting the Obama administration, this time dissing the official White House holiday greeting card for not emphasizing Christmas.
Created for the Obama family by L.A. artist and designer Mark Matuszak, the card features an image of first dog Bo in front of a fireplace in the White House library with a poinsettia and other decorations. The card, which makes no direct mention of Christmas and doesn’t feature a Christmas tree, states: “From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season.”
Palin told Fox News that she found it “odd” that the card emphasizes the dog instead of traditions like “family, faith and freedom.” She also said that Americans are able to appreciate “American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree.”
Matuszak said in a phone interview last week that he was contacted a few months ago by the White House social secretary, who asked him to create this year’s holiday card.
“They wanted to do an inside shot, something home related,” said Matuszak. One idea was to focus on Bo, the Obama family dog. “So we thought, let’s put Bo in front of a fireplace.”