Have you ever wondered what the President dreams about? Well, Barack Obama dreams of “going Bulworth.”
According to a piece in the New York Times, the President frequently talks about Warren Beatty’s 1998 black comedy Bulworth. The movie features senator Jay. Billington Bulworth who decides to put politics aside in order to speak his mind.
The NY Times writes: “In private, he has talked longingly of “going Bulworth,” a reference to a little-remembered 1998 Warren Beatty movie about a senator who risked it all to say what he really thought. While Mr. Beatty’s character had neither the power nor the platform of a president, the metaphor highlights Mr. Obama’s desire to be liberated from what he sees as the hindrances on him.”
President Obama may dream of going Bulworth but David Axelrod doesn’t believe that the President will go that far. Axelrod said that many presidents have probably fantasized about ditching the politics but said that Obama will attempt to stay practical.
Axelrod said: “Probably every president says that from time to time… It’s probably cathartic just to say it. But the reality is that while you want to be truthful, you want to be straightforward, you also want to be practical about whatever you’re saying.”
President Obama will never go Bulworth but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a desire for an honest politician. There have been several movies made about politicians who discard the rhetoric in order to speak their minds and comedians like Stephen Colbert have even toyed with the idea of running for office.
Mother Jones notes that Sean Penn urged the President to go Bulworth back in 2011.
Penn said: “I would love to see Barack Obama be Bulworth.”