Michael Moore, a documentary filmmaker who has openly admitted that he is an enemy of capitalism, had some harsh words for President Obama at the Toronto Film Festival this week. In town to screen his landmark tirade against GM, Roger & Me, Moore said, “When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: You were the first black president. That’s it, Mr. Obama. 100 years from now: ‘He was the first black American that got elected president.’ And that’s it.”
Has the filmmaker come to his senses? Can we expect Moore’s next documentary to be along the lines of Dinesh D’Souza’s outstanding films about the real America? Well, no. Of course not. Contrary to what I’ve seen on a few conservative blogs around the net, Moore is not criticizing Obama for the same things that, say, a normal American might criticize the president over. He’s damning him for a lack of action, but “action” in the way Moore means it would be disastrous for the country.
We’re talking about a guy who once said of America – “Should such an ignorant people lead the world? How did it come to this in the first place? 82 percent of us don’t even have a passport! Just a handful can speak a language other than English (and we don’t even speak that very well.)” On another occasion, Moore expounded on his patriotism: “I like America to some extent.”
Moore, worth a reported $50 million, has long presented himself as a champion for the little guy. With a career’s worth of movies that lie, distort, and twist the facts to suit his agenda, he has successfully become one of the most hated men in America. Not even the vast majority of liberals care about what this guy says because your average “progressive” voter on the street isn’t a raging socialist. Moore is. He’s just sad because Obama hasn’t managed to turn the White House into an Islamic mosque.
The Predictable Political Strategy at Play
There’s something else going on here, though. You can dismiss the ramblings of someone like Moore who has little to no influence over the mood of the country, but it’s important to see this for what it is. The libs are starting to jump ship. They see the polls. They know that this president has already doomed his legacy. Now it’s time for all of his supporters to turn on him so they can build their strength back up for the 2016 race. You see, they can’t go into that race still hoisting their “Yes We Can” placards. They have to acknowledge, “Oh yeah, he didn’t turn out that great, that’s why we’re running this candidate who is so totally different. Vote for her, guys!”
Moore doesn’t have the reach to significantly affect the outcome of the next election, of course, but he’s one of the first pseudo-celebs to abandon the Titanic that is the Obama administration. Expect more to follow, but don’t forget that what they really wanted was someone further to the left.