The backlash over President Obama isn’t just from the right anymore. Even celebrities, who are supposed to be very friendly to Democrats, are stepping up their criticism. Bill Maher, who is among the most progressive celebrity liberals, made his strongest attacks yet when he talked to Fareed Zakaria on Sunday. Maher went as far to call Obama “wimpy” and “wussy” for his continuous compromises with Republicans. But this is hardly a new position, as Maher has attacked the President with statements like this for some time – as have other famous liberals.
When President Obama rode into the White House, there were concerns that it could be “the end of comedy” as comedians and celebrities would be easy on the sitting president now. Yet that has not been the case lately, as Maher and others on the liberal left have started to attack him as much as they did President Bush.
Both Maher and Jon Stewart have used comedy to assail President Obama, and not just Republicans. Although the two made it big by mocking President Bush, they have proved they can make fun of, and criticize, Democratic leaders as well. But their criticism, along with those on the left, is that the President isn’t liberal or progressive enough.
Maher laid into President Obama frequently on Real Time for this problem, while Stewart has also stepped up his mockery on The Daily Show. Still, Maher tends to be more extreme in his attacks, with Stewart being the spokesman for sanity these days. However, Stewart’s bits have been more critical of Obama and the Democrats lately, even though he interviewed the President before the midterms.
An even more provocative entertainer than Maher and Stewart is Michael Moore, who perhaps had greater hopes for President Obama than anyone. Yet he too has not gone easy on the President, as he has proved in a series of blogs on his website. Moore has frequently bashed Obama and the Democrats for caving in, and not going after the Republicans or big business.
Moore is certain to have a lot more to say about President Obama in his next few documentaries. Like Maher and Stewart, this liberal celebrity has had even more to joke and complain about, in spite of a Democratic president.
Aside from entertainers, left-wing business figures might be ready to turn on the President. Just a few weeks ago, billionaire George Soros was reported to have warned progressive donors about supporting Obama. Sources claimed that Soros said “it is time to start looking elsewhere” if President Obama can’t “draw a line.”
Given that the line has hardly been drawn in the last few days, Soros may be even worried about Obama’s future prospects. Since Soros is as progressive as they come, if even he is doubting the President, then things are getting really bad among his base.
In the past, the Obama administration criticized the left and liberals for expecting too much. But now that the criticisms of the “professional left” are being backed up by more and more famous Democrats, Obama could face a PR nightmare in the next two years.
If Maher, Stewart and Soros are any indication, the number of betrayed liberals may grow – and make the 2010 election results seem mild compared to what might happen in 2012.
The Wire- “Bill Maher Thinks Obama Is A ‘Wussy’ And Glenn Beck Is The New L. Ron Hubbard”
Michael Moore- “Mike’s Blog”
Huffington Post- “George Soros Tells Progressive Donors Obama Might Not Be The Best Investment”