Ed Asner calls out Obama's bullshit
I always liked Lou Grant.
And I like that 83-year-old actor Ed Asner still wields such a finely tuned bullshit detector.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter last week, Asner and M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell both laced into the Hollywood community for its silence over a proposed military response to the "situation" in Syria.
As both men point out, Obama received a lot of campaign support from the entertainment community. But he's received almost nothing in the way of criticism.
"I voted for him, but I'm not proud," says Asner. "He hasn't thrown himself on the funeral pyre. I wanted him to sacrifice himself. Instead, he has proved himself to be a corporatist, and as long as he's a corporatist, he's not my president... A lot of people have lost hope—with the betrayals, the NSA spying... People aren't getting active because 'Who gives a shit?' is essentially the bottom line."
Farrell is no less frank. "I'm frankly deeply disappointed in the president's foreign policy, war-making, his reliance on military rather then diplomatic responses, his use of drones, continued allowance of the Guantanamo prison," he said. "He's a disappointment to me and other people I know."
The actors also refer readers to a piece by former congressman Dennis Kucinich published at Huffington Post last week titled "Top 10 unproven claims for war against Syria."