Michael Moore: Obama first term ‘heartbreaking’ and a “disappointment.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Critically acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore told BBC’s Richard Bacon that most of President Barack Obama’s first term had been “heartbreaking” and a “disappointment.”

Moore admitted:

“He did not come into office like I hoped that he would. To to do what Franklin Roosevelt did in his first few months, where he came in and said, ‘You know, I’m in charge. This is the way we’re doing things. If you don’t like it, throw me out of office.”

He lamented that Obama had spent too much time appeasing Republicans.

Moore went on:

“He spent three years — if we can just go back to the sports analogies, running the ball in the wrong direction. Now, we are in the last quarter of his first term and he’s actually come alive. He’s actually now standing up and his Justice Department is going after some of the banks. He’s trying to stop a big corporate merger. And he’s putting forth jobs bills that make sense now. I don’t know why he waited until the last year of these four years to do that, but it is somewhat heartening now to see that he’s come around. Let’s hope that he can pull it off.”

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9 Responses to Michael Moore: Obama first term ‘heartbreaking’ and a “disappointment.”

  1. DMason says:

    Join the club Mike. I thought we were electing JFK 2.0 but instead, we got an adopted member of the Bush family. Obama’s need to Republican approval must somehow be linked to him not having a daddy growing up. It’s too deep for me to figure out.

  2. Lynne says:

    I hope Michael Moore will spend as much energy helping to get Democrats elected as he is dissing our president.

  3. Reality Check says:

    Actually, he was pretty busy his first two years getting comprehensive health care reform pushed through…you know, that issue that most progressives were so focused on before he was elected? He delivered bigtime on that. I know we don’t see it yet, but we will when it goes into full effect in just a couple more years. He also pushed through the American Re-investment and Recovery Act which kept food on the table for millions of Americans who were losing their jobs.

    Yes, wish he’d dropped the hammer on Wall Street right away when he had the political capital (which badly took a hit because of the above two pieces of legislation), but he didn’t and I just will have to live with that. This will be somewhat easier for me to do, because I honestly believe the OWS movement will end up making sure that happens.

  4. The Real Adam says:

    Reality Check – The comprehensive health care legislation you tout had neither Single Payer or an expansion of Medicare for all, as well as closing the 80/20 gap that forces Medicare beneficiaries to either purchase Medi-Gap insurance or, file for bankruptcy.

    I understand where Michael is coming from. I do.

  5. Sayingwhatneedsaying says:

    Truer words were never said, and that is why I tare up all requests for campaign donations that I receive from Mr Obama and his lackeys……… Fool me one, shame on you… fool me twice, shame on me!!!!

  6. I completely understand where Michael Moore is coming from too.

    When the debt ceiling debate commenced, Obama knocked the Republican thugs to the ground to offer up slashing Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. I know the O-Bots don’t like revisiting this fact but a fact is a fact.

    After the debt ceiling was raised, John Boehner triumphantly began to chortle, “We got 98% of what we wanted.” This is not negotiating from a position of strength. Obama is weak in the head and weak in the knees.

  7. Debbie Banuelos says:

    Michael Moore makes me nauseous to look at.

  8. Unconditional1 says:

    The problem with his “comprehensive health care reform,” is that it forces EVERYONE, regardless of means, to have to carry and pay for health insurance. He also has failed miserably to protect State’s Rights with regard to Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp. This continuation of prohibition and cram-down of personal, free-will rights, resulting in continued incarceration and life ruining of otherwise law abiding citizens, might be his biggest gaff and divisive action or lack thereof.

    Human beings have the inalienable right to make free-will choices for themselves, without some dictatorial egomaniacs, determining for them what they must choose. The prohibition against Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Marijuana is just plain undemocratic, anti-business, anti free-market enterprise and anti-free-will choice…not to mention dumb.

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