December 2nd, 2009
01:42 AM ET
"With friends like these, who needs enemies?"
The saying may apply to Pres. Obama who's getting heat from some former supporters over his Afghanistan speech.
Michael Moore just told CNN's Larry King he thinks the Obama troop surge plan is "absolutely insane." He added, "This is going to be his Vietnam."
Moore was one of Obama's big supporters during the campaign. So was Robert Greenwald, who produced anti-John McCain videos during the presidential election. What is Greenwald producing now? Short films arguing for a withdrawal from Afghanistan.
I talked with Greenwald, who is a big-time liberal activist, about the Obama plan and he called it a "tragic" mistake. He's spent time in Afghanistan and said people there view U.S. troops as "foreign invaders" so sending in more of them won't help.
Hollywood stars haven't been anxious to comment on the Obama plan so far. Richard Dreyfuss keeps himself well-informed on international affairs, but when I asked his political adviser where he's leaning on the surge, she said Richard hadn't made up his mind.
It will be interesting to see if Obama's Hollywood base deserts him on this issue.
September 16th, 2009
01:22 AM ET
Michael Moore's new documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story", may be his last. Or so he's hinting.
At the American premiere of the film in Beverly Hills Tuesday night, I asked Moore about an interview he gave suggesting he might not make any more documentaries, but concentrate on feature films instead. He hedged on that with me:
"You'll see in the end of the film I throw a challenge out to the audience and I'm asking my fellow Americans to join with me to be involved in our democracy. But if people are just going to sit on the bench and just watch everything happen and wait for a Michael Moore or somebody else to do it, I'm not gonna do that anymore. So it's really going to be up to the audience whether I make any more of these documentaries."
So there you have it, America. Will Michael Moore make any more documentaries? It's up to you.
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