September 13th, 2010
07:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Michael Moore for White House chief of staff?

(CNN) – If White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel leaves Washington to run for mayor in his hometown of Chicago, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore says he knows who could take his place: himself.

"I'm just willing to come in," Moore told Wolf Blitzer on Monday on CNN's The Situation Room.

"I'll work there everyday, I'll get up with Obama, we'll get up at six in the morning, I'll help light a fire under him, we'll get going, we'll get the job that needs to get done," Moore breathlessly said. "We'll stand up for the American people, stand up for the working people, have some guts. And that's what I think we need."


Filed under: Michael Moore • Rahm Emanuel
September 13th, 2010
05:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Moore: 'Separate the emotion' from Islamic center reaction

 Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.
Michael Moore said Monday that Americans should ‘separate the emotion’ from their thoughts on a planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero.

(CNN) - Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said Monday that Americans ought to form objective opinions about the planned Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero because they risk coming out on the wrong side of history if they don't.

"We have to separate the emotion from it because sometimes if we just let emotion take over and run things, the wrong decisions get made," Moore told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.

"We always seem to get it wrong at first, whether that was with slavery, killing Indians, women not voting," Moore added. "We're not very good at the beginning of these things, we're really great though as we move along. "

The full interview will air Monday in the 6 p.m. ET hour of The Situation Room.

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Filed under: issues • Michael Moore • Religion • The Situation Room
September 11th, 2010
01:53 PM ET
4 years ago

Build Islamic center on Ground Zero, says Moore

Moore is urging supporters to help fund the planned controversial Islamic Center near Ground Zero.
Moore is urging supporters to help fund the planned controversial Islamic Center near Ground Zero.

(CNN) – Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is weighing in on the proposed Islamic Community Center in New York City, stirring the the pot by saying he doesn't want it to be built near Ground Zero but rather on Ground Zero.

"I want it built on Ground Zero. Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice," Moore writes in an open letter on his website. "I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship.

"And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you," he added.

The filmmaker is also urging his supporters to contribute money to help fund the controversial project and is pledging to match up to $10,000 in donations.

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Filed under: Michael Moore
March 18th, 2010
07:55 AM ET
March 9th, 2010
08:34 AM ET
5 years ago

Preston on Politics: Michael Moore lobbies for West Wing job

Director Michael Moore has written an open letter to President Obama.
Director Michael Moore has written an open letter to President Obama.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama, get in line and give me 100 jumping jacks. And as for you Congress, drop to the floor and pound out 50 pushups.

Michael Moore is pledging to whip Obama and Democrats in Congress into shape – liberal shape – if he is named the next White House chief of staff. And Moore vows to sleep in the White House basement and work for $1 per year if the president hires him.

"Now, don't get too giddy with excitement over my offer, because you and I are going to be up at 5 in the morning, 7 days a week and I am going to get you pumped up for battle every single day," Moore writes in a letter posted on his Web site that he said was sent to Obama. "Each morning you and I will do 100 jumping jacks and you will repeat after me: "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED ME, NOT THE REPUBLICANS, TO RUN THE COUNTRY! I AM IN CHARGE! I WILL ORDER ALL OBSTRUCTIONISTS OUTTA MY WAY! IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT I'M DOING THEY CAN THROW MY ASS OUT IN 2012. IN THE MEANTIME, I CALL THE SHOTS ON THEIR BEHALF! NOW, CONGRESS, DROP AND GIVE ME 50!!"
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Filed under: Michael Moore • President Obama
March 8th, 2010
04:42 PM ET
5 years ago

Preston on Politics: Michael Moore lobbies for West Wing job

Director Michael Moore has written an open letter to President Obama.
Director Michael Moore has written an open letter to President Obama.

Washington (CNN) - President Obama, get in line and give me 100 jumping jacks. And as for you Congress, drop to the floor and pound out 50 pushups.

Michael Moore is pledging to whip Obama and Democrats in Congress into shape – liberal shape – if he is named the next White House chief of staff. And Moore vows to sleep in the White House basement and work for $1 per year if the president hires him.

"Now, don't get too giddy with excitement over my offer, because you and I are going to be up at 5 in the morning, 7 days a week and I am going to get you pumped up for battle every single day," Moore writes in a letter posted on his Web site that he said was sent to Obama. "Each morning you and I will do 100 jumping jacks and you will repeat after me: "THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ELECTED ME, NOT THE REPUBLICANS, TO RUN THE COUNTRY! I AM IN CHARGE! I WILL ORDER ALL OBSTRUCTIONISTS OUTTA MY WAY! IF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DON'T LIKE WHAT I'M DOING THEY CAN THROW MY ASS OUT IN 2012. IN THE MEANTIME, I CALL THE SHOTS ON THEIR BEHALF! NOW, CONGRESS, DROP AND GIVE ME 50!!"
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Filed under: Extra • Michael Moore • Popular Posts • President Obama
January 2nd, 2008
12:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Moore criticizes Clinton in Caucus eve message

Moore has a message for Democrats on caucus eve.

Moore has a message for Democrats on caucus eve.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Filmmaker Michael Moore weighed in on the Democratic presidential race on the eve of the Iowa caucuses, issuing no official endorsements but sharply criticizing Hillary Clinton.

In a message on his Web site Wednesday, Moore said her inauguration would be a "thrilling sight," but said "nothing has disappointed me more than the disastrous, premeditated vote by Sen. Hillary Clinton to send us to war in Iraq - Do you want a president who is so easily misled?"

The Michigan native has long had complicated emotions with regard to the former first lady - his first book contained a chapter titled "My Forbidden Love for Hillary." He also said Wednesday he was unhappy with her for not agreeing to speak with him for a Rolling Stone article earlier this year.

In his message, Moore said Dennis Kucinich shared his views on most issues, "(although the UFO that picked ME up would only take me as far as Kalamazoo).

"But let's not waste time talking about Dennis. Even he is resigned to losing," said Moore.

He said that "Sen. Obama has a big heart, and that heart is in the right place," but questioned his electability, adding that "He's such a feel-good kinda guy, I get the sense that, if elected, the Republicans will eat him for breakfast."

He had special praise for John Edwards and his anti-corporate rhetoric.

"It's hard to get past the hair, isn't it? But once you do - and recently I have chosen to try - you find a man who is out to take on the wealthy and powerful who have made life so miserable for so many."

But the notoriously disgruntled Democrat expressed pessimism over his party's general election chances. "[W]e know that the Democrats are experts at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and if there's a way to blow this election, they will find it and do it with gusto."

– CNN's Rebecca Sinderbrand

July 30th, 2007
03:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Moore and Huckabee: political odd couple

Filmmaker Michael Moore at the premier of "Sicko"

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reached out to filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore on Monday, suggesting that the two of them meet to discuss ideas about health care reform because they "could find some common ground and make some positive change."

"The two of us may have something in common: a passion for reforming the health care system in America," Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, said in a letter to Moore. "While I respect your efforts to call attention the health care crisis in this country in your movie “Sicko,” I feel that your view that all would be improved with free universal and government provided health care is simplistic."

Huckabee told Moore about a program he implemented while serving as governor of Arkansas that provided 200,000 kids with health insurance and basic benefits to people working in small businesses. He suggested "focusing on prevention, wellness, and early testing" and "incentives to encourage healthy behavior such as eating less, exercising more and quitting smoking."

Since losing over 110 pounds, Huckabee has become a major proponent of encouraging people to change to healthier lifestyles. He will be a guest on The Situation Room on Monday afternoon.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich


Filed under: Healthcare • Michael Moore • Mike Huckabee
July 10th, 2007
11:06 AM ET
4 years ago

Moore slams CNN over healthcare coverage

Watch Moore in The Situation Room Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Filmmaker Michael Moore talked about U.S. healthcare and responded to CNN's Sanjay Gupta's "Fact Check" on his film "Sicko," during an interview in the Situation Room Monday.


Filed under: Michael Moore
June 20th, 2007
05:24 PM ET
4 years ago

Moore promotes movie and legislation on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore came to an overflowing committee room on Capitol Hill Wednesday to promote his new movie about America's healthcare system and to say that the system is on life support.

"Every American has a human right that when they get sick, they have a right to go to a doctor and not have to worry about whether or not they can afford it," said Moore.

The director of the new documentary titled "Sicko" surrounded himself with dozens of Congress' most liberal members and touted his support for their National Health Insurance Act, which would eradicate all private and non-profit health care companies and instead establish a publicly financed single-payer health care system.

"No more uninsured! No more partially insured!" declared Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, to thunderous applauses.

Among all the Democrats running for president, Kucinich is the only one supporting this legislation and Michael Moore is taking notice.

"Dennis Kucinich certainly comes the closest of what we need to see," Moore said.

Producers of the film invited all 435 members of Congress to a private screening of his scathing film on the healthcare industry. They did not say how many members will be attending.

– CNN Congressional Producer Evan Glass


Filed under: Michael Moore