Politics

Matt Damon for President?

| by Michael Allen

Progressive filmmaker Michael Moore, who knows how to stir the pot, wants actor Matt Damon to run against President Obama in 2012. Moore’s comments echo many liberals who feel that Obama has ignored them, but has bent over backwards to appease Republicans and independent voters.

Moore recently stated, “I think that Matt Damon has been very courageous in not caring about who he offends by saying the things that need to be said here, and if you want to win, the Republicans have certainly shown the way - that when you run someone who is popular, you win. Sometimes when you run an actor, you win.”

Over the past two years, Damon has emerged as one of President Obama's biggest critics and recently said that Obama had misinterpreted his mandate: “A friend of mine said it the other day and I thought it was a great line: ‘I no longer hope for audacity.’ “

The politically-active Damon has also called for more aid for Darfur, spoken out for left-wing causes and has given speeches at teachers’ rallies.

The son of a tax adviser, Damon was born in Boston, enrolled in Harvard University, but dropped out to become an actor. He made his film debut in the 1988 comedy Mystic Pizza and, a decade later, won the Oscar for Best Screenplay (with Ben Affleck) for the drama Good Will Hunting.

Damon is best known for the part of Jason Bourne, the CIA agent who gets shot on a mission and wakes up with no idea who he is.  Damon has also starred alongside Jack Nicholson in the gangster drama The Departed and Jeff Bridges in True Grit.

More recently, Damon played the lead role in the conspiracy theory thriller The Adjustment Bureau, in which a government agency manipulates the lives of its citizens.