Should the president be involved in spats with celebrities?

@Taskr36 (13925)
United States
April 22, 2012 9:27am CST
We're all well aware of Obama's back and forth with Rush Limbaugh. It showed that he has a thin skin and can't just ignore political commentators. In that case at least, Rush was someone who is closely involved in politics. The latest incident is with an actor. Matt Damon recently came out and said that, despite supporting Obama in 2008, he is extremely disappointed in him. He explained his reasons for how he felt and it should have ended there. It did not. Obama, feeling the need to respond to a celebrity, mocked Matt Damon saying how disappointed he was with the movie The Adjustment Bureau. Personally, I thought it was a good movie, but that's beside the point. Have we ever had a president who got into spats with celebrities before? Can a person not publicly state their disappointment with the president now, without being mocked by that president? Celebrities had a field day mocking Bush and he never lowered himself the way Obama has. I think our president needs to grow up and start acting like the president and not a spoiled child.
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@Rollo1 (16649)
• Boston, Massachusetts
22 Apr 12
I think that is both funny and sad. It shows a lack of maturity that is disappointing in any adult but dangerous in any person holding the high office of president. It might be amusing if said jokingly or in good spirited fun, but that is not how it was meant. You are correct in labeling this behavior as that of a spoiled child. Interesting to contrast his behavior with the reactions of George Bush. I read an article yesterday in which they detailed some observations Jay Leno made about the differences in the capacity for humor between Republicans and Democrats. Jay said that when Bush was going to be on and they suggested a skit, the president immediately approved and said anything they wanted to do was okay. When Al Gore was on, his people were very concerned and controlling over any skit he might have planned. He also said that although he's taken many shots at Mitt Romney, that Romney still came on the show and was gracious. His conclusions were that Republicans are much more at ease laughing at themselves than Democrats are. Basically, if you can't take it, don't dish it out. If Obama is going to have public comments about private citizens, then he has to accept that private citizens will have comments about him.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
22 Apr 12
I've noticed that too in regards to politician's willingness to laugh at themselves. Bush 41 and Bush 43 both made amusing appearances on SNL where they laughed at themselves. Even Bob Dole did it. For some reason Bill Clinton just refused to ever appear on the show. Of course that's more specific to Clinton since other democrats have been willing to come on the show and laugh at themselves. I think Obama's response was meant as a joke, but it's still petty. I think it's also insulting to the office of the presidency to compare it to an acting role in a movie. Of course, all Obama really has been doing is acting so he wouldn't know the difference.
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@matersfish (6311)
• United States
22 Apr 12
For any other president, I'd say no. For President Obama, I'd expect nothing less. I called him Vanilla Ice from the start, and I'm standing by that. Not only because of the type of immense popularity that can only turn to hatred after the world is sick of him, but because he wants to be a celebrity. That same brain connection that causes personality quirks--that "they MUST love me" bullshiz--in celebrities is present in Obama. It's extremely pronounced. I mean, if we're talking about a guy who just wants to get his message out there and who wants to be considered as a good president, he doesn't even have to leave his office. Media will do that for him. His admin will do that for him. He goes out to make all of these speeches and takes the trips and shows up on every late-night show, etc, because he wants to be a celebrity. He wants to be the biggest thing out there. Although he cries like a baby and trolls the sht out of anyone popular who has something bad to say about him, he seems to live for it. Whether it's later this year or in 2016, I predict Obama will be weighing in on the next president's performance constantly. He'd never go away like Bush or Clinton, only appearing sporadically or when selling a book. He'd have a string of books. He'd be chasing down the TMZ cameras.
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• United States
22 Apr 12
First off, I am sure you and EVERYONE on here knows that Rush Limbaugh is NOT a political commentator. He is an ENTERTAINER!!! What the president was saying was merely that Damon didn't like his work, and Obama didn't like his work (I haven't seen Adjustment Bureau because it didn't look good, so I have no opinion on this). But, I did find where GWB did the same thing to Stephen Colbert. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/12/bush-gives-shout-out-to-t_n_214676.html Here is an example of where Bush "lowered himself".
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@Fatcat44 (1142)
• United States
22 Apr 12
We do not think that much of Bush either, so your point fails here. And I am glad you find Limbaugh entertaining.
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• United States
22 Apr 12
Fat, I find Rush about as entertaining as a circus clown, which is what he is to me. The sad part is that some Americans are taking the advice on how this country should be run by a circus clown!!!! Just because you don't like someone doesn't lessen the fact that GWB did the same thing that Obama did, and not one right winger was upset about that. But, what do you expect?
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• United States
22 Apr 12
"We do not think that much of Bush either, so your point fails here." LMMFAO!!!!!!!!! That's what people have been saying here for going on four years -- "Hey, stop using BUSH as an example to excuse Obama every single muthalovin' time...because we didn't like him either!"
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@crossbones27 (18552)
• Redlands, California
22 Apr 12
This story is a bit old isn't it. Regardless I have to say I agree with you on this one. I do think we all have to remember our President is still human though. Whether you like the President or not you have to admit this President has taken a pounding like no other President in history. Just from the lack of disrespect people have shown him in congress let alone from the public. If you ask me it has been quite a ugly ride these last 3 plus years and I am not even talking about the Presidents policies. That can be a discussion for another day. I am just saying in general how many will not even classify him as a real American. This is the way I see it. People were threatened by him, by how well he spoke. They were threatened how well he could draw crowds. They were upset at how he attacked the previous administration for how they mishandled the country. They were upset that he kept talking about change. The last thing these people were going to let happen was a black President change this country. That is why I think many in congress have, and some wealthy private sector people have shown are children the poorest example of leadership I think I have ever seen. So while the President might of acted like a spoiled child on this one comment. I am surprised he hasn't done it more often considering all that was thrown his way. You can say Bush had his share of nonsense too, and he did, but most of his was about the way he ran the country. I am talking about congress the public is the public and there is always going to be ignorant people who just spread lies. At least no one ever questioned Bushes birth certificate or whether or not he was a real American.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
23 Apr 12
"The last thing these people were going to let happen was a black President change this country." You're right. The only reason anyone disagrees with him is that he's black.
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• Redlands, California
23 Apr 12
Lets be honest here the last 3 plus years were more about trying to discredit the first black President of this countries history, than just disagreeing with him. I think they just made themselves look like idiots but that is just my opinion. Lucky for these people in congress and certain top private sector people, America has an extremely short memory.
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
24 Apr 12
So why are blacks disagreeing with him? I happen to think you are wrong.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
22 Apr 12
Oh, I'm so tired of this president's childishness. He's like my little brother (who's grown up finally) and blames everything on everybody. Never takes responsibility and wants his way all the time. I'm waiting for him to say "I'm gonna hold my breath till I'm blue in the face until you give me blah blah blah..." Yeah, I could say so much more but he really does need to grow up. MAN up dude! That's my two cents.
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@irishidid (8521)
• United States
22 Apr 12
I couldn't agree more! I fully expect him to call someone a "doodie head" and won't be a bit surprised when he does. He's nothing but a spoil brat who never heard the word no.
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@debrakcarey (19924)
• United States
23 Apr 12
He is obviously trying to hard and getting on everyone's nerves as he does so. And besides, he a narcissist. Gotta have the spotlight. Will try to be everything to everyone, and pouts or throws fits when he doesn't get his way. Personaly, I'm a bit worried if it does look like he'll loose in Nov. that he won't manufacture something to bring on a crisis so he can declare martial law and really be KING.
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• United States
23 Apr 12
Honestly, I don't think he should. He's the leader of the free world, and he needs to behave like one, and having spats with celebrities doesn't give him any bonus points. Also, I thought the president and the other candidates were suppose to relate to the normal/average folk? If they want to do this, then talking to celebrities will not help them at all, unless the celebrities are involved in a cure for cancer, ending world hunger, or something like that, then I say no.
@dragon54u (31604)
• United States
22 Apr 12
I think his need to respond to Damon and other trivial matters shows what we have seen the past nearly 3 years--that he concentrates on such things and gives them importance while he ignores or only briefly considers more important matters like immigration, unemployment, the housing mess and the financial stability of this country. He appears shallow, impersonal and self-absorbed while the country struggles like a ship without a captain at the wheel.
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• Canada
30 Apr 12
If a celebrity mocks a President (ANY PRESIDENT, not just Obama!) I think the President should be the more mature party and just laugh it off. I did not see either side of the incident in question, and am only hearing about it from your post, so I'll offer my opinion only based on this.