Michael Moore had a surprising prediction in regards to President Obama’s legacy. While talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the liberal documentary filmmaker said history will only remember Obama as being “black.”
The unexpected statement came during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where Moore was celebrating the 25th anniversary of his film Roger & Me, which marked his debut in the political documentary genre. The filmmaker gained notoriety for his harsh criticism of President George W. Bush, which he documented in the film Fahrenheit 9/11.
Michael Moore shared his disappointment in Obama, whom he actively supported, both in 2008 and for his re-election campaign in 2012. Moore told THR he is not happy with the lack of accomplishments of the current 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.”
Moore’s cutting remarks are not a completely surprising as he is known for being outspoken in his beliefs. However, the fact that one of Obama’s staunchest supporters is now speaking publicly of his disappointment about what he sees as the lack of accomplishment during two terms comes as a bombshell revelation.
The Obama administration has been plagued by domestic and international scandals, including the NSA leaks, IRS email scandal, the Benghazi terrorist attacks, the failed rollout of Obamacare, and more recently, the crisis with the terrorist network ISIS, which has beheaded two American journalists and posted the videos online.
In Fahrenheit 9/11, Michael Moore introduces the premise that President Bush was elected, in part, thanks to Fox News declaring him the winner of the 2000 disputed election prematurely. Moore also theorizes that Bush knew, ahead of time, of the first plane hitting the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.
The anti-Bush documentary is the highest-grossing documentary ($222.4 million) of all time, and when it premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, it was received with a 20-minute standing ovation. Michael Moore has also documented topics including capitalism, global warming, the American healthcare system, and the Iraq war.
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