​Michael Moore Obama: President Obama Legacy Tainted

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Sep. 11, 2014

Michael Moore slams Obama, and that’s something quite shocking since he voted for him twice.

Moore told The Hollywood Reporter that the President is just the first black president.

“When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: he was the first black president … OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that’s it … That’s it, Mr. Obama. 100 years from now, ‘he was the first black American that got elected president’ and that’s it. Eight years of your life and that’s what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that — you’d probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could’ve done … So, it is, on that level, a big disappointment.”

Tough words by Moore and they are somewhat shocking since he supported the Obama administration, not once, but twice.

The documentary filmmaker appeared at the Toronto festival for a screening of his acclaimed title Roger and Me, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The film, centered on then GM CEO Roger Smith, kickstarted Michael Moore’s career in creating controversial political documentaries, including Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Capitalism: A Love Story.

The liberal documentarian is perhaps best known for eviscerating George W. Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11 after leaving office. Some people speculate that Michael Moore is making it a habit to speak badly about each President as they leave office. We have no idea who he’s voting for in 2016.

Moore specifically took issue with Obama’s reelection claim of “saving Detroit” — the president meant Detroit as synecdoche for the auto industry — as the city is now going through bankruptcy.

This isn’t the first time the outspoken documentarian has expressed his disappointment in Obama, whom Michael Moore said he voted for in 2012, even though he was disappointed in his first-term performance, and particularly with his use of drones.

In a keynote speech to the festival, Moore also accused fellow documentary makers of losing their sense of humour and serving up dour fare to cinema-goers.

Moore said:

“People don’t want medicine, they want popcorn … Entertainment is the big dirty word of documentary. ‘Oh no! I’ve entertained someone. I’ve cheapened my movie!'”

Despite what Michael Moore says about Obama, he’s not the only one. President Barack Obama is facing some tough criticism when it comes to handling the ISIS issue. The economy is still a subject that most people believe has not been getting better during his presidency.

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