In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, Matt Damon offered words of praise to President George W. Bush for his AIDS relief initiatives in Africa. He also said that he is “not back” on the “hope and change team” that he was on in 2008 when he campaigned for President Obama. But he’s also a little less strident in expressing his disappointment in Obama, as he was last year. One reason may be the alternative.
Damon says, “I’m not back, but I love the game, and it’s my responsibility to vote and I can’t — well, the other team, even with an Etch-a-Sketch move, that’s still a lot of shaking you have to do.”
He is disappointed that the Obama administration hasn’t done more on his signature issue, like water, but says, “It’s a different world now than it was when Bush was president. It’s a harder sell. People are totally preoccupied with things here. He’s got a lot of other water to carry, pardon the pun, and his political opponents would make a lot of hay if he were giving a bunch of money to Africa. I’m sure they would try to score political points.”
The full interview is here.