Matt Damon Criticizes Obama and American Politics

Actor decries aims of politicians. 

Posted: 12/28/2012 10:00 AM EST
Matt Damon

Matt Damon says he’s done with politics. Talking to Playboy magazine, the actor, bemoaning the state of Washington politics, said, “the fix is in, the game is rigged and no matter how hard you work to change things, it just doesn't matter.”

The Oscar-winning thespian decried the present aims of most politicians, commenting: “We’re at a point where politicians don’t really get any benefit from engaging with long-term issues. Instead, it’s all about the next election cycle. Those guys in the House don’t do anything now but run for office. So unless they can find some little thing that zips them up a couple of points in the polls, they’re not interested.”

Damon, who voted for President Obama in 2008, set the Web abuzz last year when he harshly criticized the president's first term, saying: “I’ve talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, ‘Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.’ You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better.”

Despite his critical words about Obama, Damon told Playboy that he did vote for the president this past November. “I assume there will be some Supreme Court appointments in this next term,” he said. “That alone was reason to vote for him.” 

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