Angelina Jolie’s Praise/Non-Praise of President Obama

Almost from the time President Obama took office, tabloids, celebrity mags and conservative blogs have surmised that she’s not happy with his performance. In one story, it was reported that she predicted that he is a one-term president — attributed to a “Hollywood insider” who is “close” to the actress.

So at least credit the Daily Caller for asking her the question. The reporter accepts the “one-term president” prediction as if it were truth, and she laughs at it, asking him where he got that idea and whether his source was Us Magazine.

As for her opinion of Obama, she says, “There are many many things I think have gone in a wonderful direction, and there are a few things I am disappointed in. And I don’t feel like tonight is the night to clarify but there are many wonderful things that have moved forward and of course some other things that are very frustrating.”

Celebrity endorsements may have a way of drawing crowds or raising money, but it’s a big leap to think they will draw votes. But Jolie’s every word still ricochets across the web. She didn’t endorse in 2008 — even as conservatives held out the wish that she would back John McCain — and leaves doubts that she will in 2012. The problem of getting too partisan is that it interferes with the message she is trying to send in her humanitarian work.

On that point, she did give a more pointed to response to some Republican candidates’ calls to cut foreign aid.

Update: Jolie and her husband Brad Pitt met with President Obama in the Oval Office today to talk about their humanitarian work. Their visit was even caught on camera by photographers waiting to snap photos of Obama as he boarded a helicopter on his way to Chicago for a fund-raising event.


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