Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore savaged President Obama in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, calling him “a huge disappointment” and claiming he’ll be remembered only as the nation’s first black president and nothing else.
Moore sat down for a video interview at the Toronto Film Festival on Tuesday to discuss the 25th anniversary of Roger and Me, Moore’s documentary about Detroit’s General Motors that launched his career.
When the interviewer asked whether Moore agreed with President Obama’s 2012 assertion that he’d “saved Detroit” by bailing out General Motors and Chrysler, the filmmaker recoiled. “Detroit, at this point, would stand a better chance if they were an Iraqi or Syrian city, in terms of getting some sort of help,” he said.
“When the history is written of this era, this is how you’ll be remembered: He was the first black president,” he continued, directly addressing the president. “Okay, not a bad accomplishment. But that’s it. That’s it, Mr. Obama.”
“One hundred years from now, ‘He was the first black American that got elected president’ — and that’s it,” Moore said. “Eight years of your life, and that’s what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling — knowing you — that you probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could’ve done.”