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12-17-2010, 12:33 AM
Hollywood's Growing Chorus of Obama Criticism

Hollywood's adoration for President Obama has never really been all that shocking, but what may be surprising is how famous singers and actors are increasingly saying they aren't so happy with the commander-in-chief.

The latest comes from singer Barbra Streisand, who on Thursday was asked if she's disappointed in Obama.

"At first, maybe a little, because I would have liked to have him use his executive privilege to, if that's possible legally, to get rid of something like ‘don't ask, don't tell,'" she said. "I think people admire real strength, even though it's misguided," she told CNN's Larry King.

Streisand actually skipped town for the midterms and slammed Democrats for not getting their message out well enough.

She did add one final accolade though, "Obama. And he's cool. And he's very smart."

It's Obama's stance on gay issues that seems to really get the Hollywood crowd going.

"Glee's" Jane Lynch railed against the president's stance on gay marriage earlier this year (Obama's opposed to it, but supports something like civil unions). "Shouldn't there be safeguards against the majority voting on the rights of a minority? If people voted on civil rights in the '60s, it would have never happened. It took somebody like [President] Lyndon Johnson going, 'F all of you! I'm going to do this.' Obama won't do it. He's a huge disappointment to me," Lynch said to Britain's The Guardian.

In September, comedian and "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart was asked by Fox's Bill O'Reilly if he had Obama remorse.

"I think people feel a disappointment in that there was a sense that 'Oh Jesus will walk on water,' and now you're looking at it like, 'Look at that, he's just treading water,'" Stewart said.

But Stewart noted, he's still not quite measuring up, "I thought he'd do a better job."

KISS singer Gene Simmons even went so far as to say he wants to take back his vote.

"I voted because the man that was running was a moment in history. I--in the back of my mind I wanted to show the world that America, the land of slaves...the land that tortured its black population for hundreds of years is also the place of hope that can give an African American the chance to lead the most powerful place on the face of the planet. However, if you take a look at the resume, you couldn't find somebody--in retrospect--more unqualified." on CNN's "Parker/Spitzer" this month.

Actor Matt Damon, who was a very early supporter of candidate Obama, also said he's "disappointed" with the president's progress, telling the New York Daily news in February, "Everyone feels a little let down." "Because on some level, people expected all their problems to go away," Damon said.

And it's those high expectations that might just be part of the problem and something the White House has been working earnestly to address over the last year.

The tax cut compromise has been the latest example of the White House trying to ease their annoyed base. Obama and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs have both been trying to point out all the administration has accomplished, and attempting to get the Democrats and the far-left to tamper down the negativity.

Obama had a star-studded inaugural weekend, with a concert featuring Bruce Springsteen and Sheryl Crow among others, and Beyonce singing "At Last" for the first couple's kick-off dance.

Many in Hollywood of course still support and praise the president, but the chorus of critics seems to be increasing.


Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/12/16/hollywoods-growing-chorus-obama-criticism#ixzz18LNbo8qw