i”m posting late today, as I’ve had a few assignments to finish…
It’s been little secret that Matt Damon is unhappy with the way that Barack Obama’s presidency has turned out. He was even the narrator of the Oscar-winning documentary “Inside Job,” which pretty much says that the White House is still run by Wall Street.
But Damon went even further in expressing his disappointment in an appearance on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Wednesday, noting that in Obama’s Stae of the Union address, he “didn’t even say the word ‘poverty.’ You’ve got millions of people languishing in it.”
“I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. A friend of mine said to me the other day, I thought it was a great line, ‘I no longer hope for audacity,'” he said.
Damon was a big supporter of Obama’s in 2008, having campaigned for him and having been critical of rival John McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, calling her rise “like a really bad Disney movie.” (USA Today)
Affleck to D.C.: Damon’s friend Ben Affleck will be in Washington on Tuesday to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights. Affleck is the founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative.
Quayle Hunting: With shades of a certain ex-vice president, Mike Huckabee is criticizing best actress winner Natalie Portman for getting pregant out of wedlock. Portman is engaged to the baby’s father, Benjamin Millepied. (New York Mag)
Glickman’s New Role: The same week that the MPAA picked his successor, Dan Glickman has a new job in Washington. He’s joining the Aspen Insitute as the new executive director of its Congressional Program, a nonpartisan educational program for members of Congress. He starts in his new post on April 1 and will continue to serve as senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center and co-chair of its Democracy Project.
Salute to 41: The four living ex-presidents will join at the Kennedy Center for an NBC special, “All Together Now: A Celebration of Service,” that also will honor former president George H.W. Bush. It will be shown on March 28 and George Stevens and Michael Stevens will produce. President Obama will be out of the country but will send a taped message.
Huntsman Doc: A producer who has been trailing U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman says it’s not for his possible presidential bid, but is part of a documentary on U.S.-China relations. His decision to resign his post at the end of April has put the future of the project in doubt. (New York Times).