Damon: I'd kiss Bush
April 19th, 2012
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Damon: I'd kiss Bush

(CNN) - Matt Damon put a time cap and stipulation on how he would kiss former President George W. Bush: "Three seconds, no tongue" … All in the name of AIDS Relief.

"I would kiss George W. Bush on the mouth for what he did on PEPFAR," Damon told The Atlantic.

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Damon, who has been an active humanitarian activist specializing on African issues, praised Bush's involvement in PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief that has brought anti-retroviral drugs to AIDS patients in Africa. But the actor and high profile 2008 Obama supporter said he has been "disappointed" by the current administration, pointing to what he saw as an incomplete devotion to poverty and disease prevention in Africa.

"You would have expected that Obama, with his reputation as a pragmatist, would look at PEPFAR, looked at how effective it is, and thought that he should make similar investments in other issues, definitely water and sanitation," the 2008 Obama backer said. "I take issue with a few of the directions Obama has gone in."

PEPFAR was started in 2003 as a $15 billion five year commitment from Bush to fight the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. The program was renewed and expanded in 2008. Shortly after the reauthorization, the Obama administration announced a new approach to the U.S. government's delivery of health assistance, intended to address criticisms of the program, including a lack of coordination between partner countries.

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Filed under: George W. Bush
soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. brian in dc

    Matt Damon is an Obamabot, end of story.

    April 20, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  2. Steve

    Funny seeing people defend Obama's inaction with "well, there's less money to go around" – he is spending way more than any president dummies!

    April 20, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Dr. Knowitall wrote: on page 3:

    Case and Point !
    George Bush never once belittled anyone, rich or poor in public. BO tries to divide our nation with his directed comments every chance he gets on national TV.
    ------------
    "If you are not with us, then you are against us." George W. Bush, 2003 State of the Union address.

    April 20, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. JackieRay

    Nobodies Pon: Bush sold that ranch right after leaving the white house, he bought it right before his campaign so he would look like a good ole Texas boy. He now lives in Dallas right down the road from the library he is building. That library is standing on the spot of the last affordable housing in the area. It did take him a few years to evict all of the elderly, and single moms forcing them to move to much much worse parts of town. Thank GW your the best.

    April 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  5. Loren

    Sounds like Matt Damon is being educated in Chicago politics–do the things that get you money and votes, and ignore the things that help people.

    April 20, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  6. erich2112x

    Puzzling little brat, that Matt Damon.

    April 20, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  7. hunnybear18

    @Puzzled

    Are you aware that our Special Forces military personnel in all branches are waterboarded as part of their hostage/POW survival training?

    April 20, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  8. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    HIV/AIDS = man made disease invented for population control and for money. Pharmecautical companies are making money hand over fist thanks to HIV/AIDS. I'm almost 100% certain there is a cure. But what economical sense would it make to give you the cure when they're making so much money off of the disease.

    April 20, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Ron in California

    I have a bush crush as well I love bush..tall, short, blonde, brunet it's all good

    April 20, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Roger Korby

    Matt, you are misinformed. Obama has no reputation as a pragmatist. That would be Bill Clinton. Obama is a strong idealogue.

    April 20, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Roger Korby

    Nobodies Pon, I am so glad that you obviously have no idea of who Hitler truly was. To compare Bush to Hitler in any sort of way whatsoever shows how your ignorance of history is shining through.

    April 20, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  12. Gimmeabreak!

    Not sure about kissing anyone, but I sure enough wouldn't give Damon the time of day for supporting that empty suit, Obama, a creation of Axelrod's imagination.

    April 20, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. GI Joe

    More "kids" were killed in his own personal war than died on 911. Lock W up. He's afraid to leave the country anyway. He KNOWS the world hates him.

    April 20, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. th

    For those of you complaining that Obama saved the car industry, if he hadn't done that there would be a lot more people out of a job. They have paid back most, if not all the money he gave them.

    April 20, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. GI Joe

    My life has gotten a lot better since we elected an intelligent President.

    Bush was a "businessman" -- we don't need any more of that -

    April 20, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  16. Ace

    See, Bush was a Republican so Republicans supported him. Obama is a Democrat, so Republicans will not support him. I sure Obama would llike to do more, but is blocked.

    April 20, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. MadInCT

    So go vote for him then, you mealy-mouthed flip flopper. I applaud Bush's efforts there too but did you ever stop to think that in balance Bush's entire, complete, overall economic policy put this country on the verge of financial ruin? Between PEPFAR, an unfunded Medicare Part D, 2 wars, tax cuts and God knows what else, he led this country down a steep hole that Obama had to get this country out of. And, if pet projects like your little PEPFAR had to be curtailed for the betterment of American citizens then so be it. If this country was as prosperous (or as prosperous as it seemed during the Bush era) I would have no problem with your criticism. But until you are faced with the prospect of an entire country's ruin and the obligatory belt tightening, I'd say shut you MA pie hole and let smart people handle the details. Going to Africa for a spell and giving up the occasional Whole Foods run for you and your rich family gives you no right to pontificate about Obama's "failures". Go back to your matrixed world of make believe and, for the love of all that is holy, stay there!

    April 20, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Dave

    People complaining that Obama made things worse don't understand the way things work. Bush started an avalanche. The bad policies he enacted started a lot of bad things happening, and the effects of some of them – like poisonous seeds – didn't even start coming to fruition until years after he planted them. Obama's been trying to stop the avalanche Bush started, and he's done a pretty good job keeping it from being worse than it could be. I know I've seen improvement – I've gotten a raise, my taxes are lower, our office got a budget again, etc. Of course, there's still a long way to go, but anybody who thinks Obama's made it worse doesn't understand how cause and effect work on a large scale. It's going to be decades before we recoup what we lost by the Iraq debacle alone. And if Mitt Romney's elected then he'll return to Bush's failed policies and the progress that's been made will be negated and the avalanche will start all over again.

    It bewilders me that so many Americans are too dense to understand this.

    That said, good job on Bush for his work against AIDS. Maybe he'll be a better ex-president than he was a president, the way his father and Jimmy Carter have been.

    April 20, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Wake up people

    @really?? If you are trying to make a point, why not be truthful? Gas was not 1.80 when President Obama was elected or even inaugurated. Gas hasn't been under $2 at least since 07. And if I remember correctly gas was way over $4 a gallon in the summer of 08, before the POTUS was even elected. Also many that I know lost their jobs in 08, myself included. With no jobs on the horizon many people were out of work way before President Obama was even elected. But thanks to him and no thanks to the GOP, most of us are employed once again, too bad now we don't make nearly as much as we used to and can't afford healthcare. But our President is doing his best to see that we can.

    OBAMA 2012!
    Seriously America!

    April 20, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. GetCounseling

    Matt, Matt, Matt. Don't you know it's against the rules of liberalism to congratulate a conservative for a job well done?
    There is absolutely no tolerance on the left for this type of off the plantation thinking.
    You have to condemn Bush in any and all instances to keep your membership valid silly.

    April 20, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Kimberly

    Sorry, I am all for helping other countries, BUT the aids epidemic in Africa is NOT going away, and for us to KEEP throwing money at it is like peeing in the ocean and saying its deeper now. This country has its own problems, and these self imposed problems in Africa are of no concern to me.

    April 20, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  22. Kimberly

    @ Get counseling...you CANT be serious!!! I gaurantee you that we on the left have praised bush a MILLION times more for different things he did right than ANY republican would EVER do for Obama. ANY time a republican sides with Obama on ANYTHING he or she is immidately called a rino and pushed from your ignorant party. The republicans have gone SOOOO far right that they are no longer republicans, they are terrorists!

    April 20, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. XDOW

    I read a post about this at the Truth.ws site before it hit the major's. This is old news. One minute Damon hates Bush, the next, he wants to kiss him? Now he's upset with Obama? It must be tough to be a President. You cannot please everybody and even when you please a special interest group, they can turn on you in a NY minute. And that is too quick for me.

    April 20, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Dave A

    Bush created the mess we are in. Obama is working to clean up his mess. its that simple

    April 20, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. znHcats

    "Obama is a strong ideologue."

    If Obama is a strong Ideologue, he would not have done so many compromises with the Republicans. He would gain more supports from the Democrats and Independents voters today.

    April 20, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
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