Filmmaker Oliver Stone rips Obama in a new book, slamming the President for what he says are failures to more aggressively prevent some of the damage inflicted by Bush-era policies.
While Stone’s new book rips Obama, Republicans are also critiqued in the tome, The Untold History of the United States, in which the Hollywood big shot admits the country was a mess when the President took the reigns. But, Stone says, that’s no excuse in many ways for not reversing the destructive course America set upon with eight disastrous years of GOP leadership.
Politico quotes the book in which Stone rips Obama for the current state of affairs:
“The country Obama inherited was indeed in shambles, but Obama took a bad situation and, in certain ways, made it worse … [R]ather than repudiating the policies of Bush and his predecessors, Obama has perpetuated them … [the election of Obama in 2008] felt like a kind of expiation for the sins of a nation whose reputation had been sullied, as we have shown throughout this book, by racism, imperialism, militarism, nuclearism, environmental degradation and unbridled avarice.”
Oliver Stone’s new book that shines a critical light on Obama’s record so far is part of a vocal but growing segment of the liberal base displeased with the President’s performance so far in contrast with that of his predecessor.
While supporters of the President believe that Obama has done what is necessary to curry favor with Republicans in order to mitigate obstructionism, many are still frustrated with the continuation of certain Bush-era policies that they say contribute to issues like income inequality and lack of health care access.
The book is out Tuesday, one week before the crucial 2012 election. Will you be picking up The Untold History of the United States, despite or because of Oliver Stone’s critique of Obama?