Maggie Gyllenhaal sours on Obama: 'Not sure what he believes in anymore'
July 31st, 2014
01:07 PM ET
5 months ago

Maggie Gyllenhaal sours on Obama: 'Not sure what he believes in anymore'

(CNN) – Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, one of President Barack Obama’s biggest backers in 2008 and 2012, has grown disillusioned with the President, she told Time Magazine in an interview released Thursday.

The actress said, “I really believed in him, and I’m not sure what he believes in anymore.”

Gyllenhaal’s disappointment can be traced back to the NSA scandal, when she starred in a political ad with other Hollywood stars critical of the agency’s surveillance program.

“Look, I get it, I know. It’s a complicated job. I could never do it. But I hope for a leader who will stand up and be unpopular,” she said.

In addition to her work as a prominent Obama campaign surrogate, records show Gyllenhaal donated $5,800 to Obama in 2008 and 2012 cycles combined.

Hollywood and the entertainment industry have been some of Obama’s biggest financial supporters. Just last week Obama visited Los Angeles to raise money for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections where he headlined events hosted by Hollywood moguls.


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  1. Jay

    Who cares? Hard hitting political news, per usual. Maybe put this under entertainment?

    July 31, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    "Gyllenhaal’s disappointment can be traced back to the NSA scandal, when she starred in a political ad with other Hollywood stars critical of the agency’s surveillance program. "
    --------------------------------
    I guess that she didn't hear the news about Snowden's most recent document dumps. He released roughly 100,000 personal emails that had been intercepted by the NSA, in order to demonstrate the agency's domestic spying practices. Perhaps 10% of the intercepted messages had anything remotely associated with terrorism.

    He made these releases a couple of weekends ago, since the 4th of July. He even did a live interview about it. It's been odd that there has not been much coverage of it American media, but I think there is one suspicious explanation. None of the intercepted emails that Snowden released were dated later than 2008.

    July 31, 2014 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Hollywood actress Maggie Gyllenhaal ,

    Ok lady , there are more then a few people in Hell waiting for Ice Water !

    Rick Perry / Donald Trump 2016
    Better actors , for a better America .

    July 31, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Chris..E.Al

    I really dont see how anyone can support this 0bama ? He is just molesting this nation . Go fund raz 0bama fly far far away .

    July 31, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. love344

    @ Rudy NYC.. thanks for that info... interesting...

    as for this actor/actress............ NEXT~~~~~~~~~~~

    July 31, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Beth

    Tuman Capote once said actors were as dumb as rocks. When it was pointed out Jill St. John had a high IQ he said and she can't act. Gee, Maggie, it took you THIS long to figure out obama is a dud? Capote lives on!

    July 31, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "'Not sure what he believes in anymore'"

    Not sure why I'd care what she thinks, but ok.

    July 31, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Sniffit says:
    July 31, 2014 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm
    “‘Not sure what he believes in anymore'”

    Not sure why I’d care what she thinks, but ok.

    Co-sign. Who cares? Next.

    July 31, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Tuman Capote once said actors were as dumb as rocks. When it was pointed out Jill St. John had a high IQ he said and she can't act. Gee, Maggie, it took you THIS long to figure out obama is a dud? Capote lives on!"

    He was also very famous for being a liar.

    July 31, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  10. yolanda

    If only she had the political savvy of, say, Barbra Streisand, then this would be most important news.

    July 31, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. smith

    Oh no, now one of the hollywood mangloids is wondering whats up with Obama. H. Clinton 2016!

    July 31, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. morebs

    @rudy NYC, I looked it up a couple of weeks age and found out a couple of other interesting tidbits that was revealed and shockingly nothing in the news? What makes me laugh is that the same people that was calling this man a patriot and now calling him a loon. Rush and co.

    July 31, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  13. Hillary Inathong

    Pretty funny that the mainstream propaganda machine doesn't cover the "iSnoop" billboards that were all over Silicon Valley during another Obama fundraising trip.
    More people need to wake up and look through this charlatan's lies.

    July 31, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Gurgyl

    Does she know NSA started in Bush era in the name of patriot Act crafted by John Ash raft?

    July 31, 2014 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. Lac

    And why do we care what she thinks? Perhaps she should look at the many many things the President has done...often times on his own. Immigration Reform money.... being one....the house decided not to bring it to a vote because they didn't have the votes...so off they go on their summer break. I think you need to look at the whole big picture before you become disappointed with this administration.

    July 31, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |