Given the current political climate in America, it’s hard to believe there was a time when people were actually feeling optimistic about what goes on in Washington, D.C. But back in 2008, when Barack Obama was elected to become the first black President of the United States, it was a historic and hopeful moment for the country… or at least most of it.
Because while much of Hollywood rallied around him, there are actually a few celebs who have been vocal in their disapproval or disappointment with the POTUS. As he prepares to make his exit from the Oval Office, then, we thought that it would be interesting to take a look at some of the stars who might not be that sad to see him go.
20. Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood’s political leanings were made abundantly clear after his rather bizarre appearance at the 2012 Republican National Convention. There, the Dirty Harry star pretended that Obama was an empty seat and then directed his ramblings to it, making it clear as a result how he felt about the president.
19. Victoria Jackson
Comedian Victoria Jackson was once recognized for her hilarious antics on Saturday Night Live, but now she’s best known for her bonkers conservative conspiracy theories. And perhaps most notorious of all is her belief that Obama is a Muslim who “hates America” – an opinion voiced in 2015 during a Newsmax TV broadcast.
18. James Woods
Actor James Woods hasn’t been shy about sharing his dislike of the President. In fact, in a Twitter rant during the 2013 government shutdown, the Contact star called him a liar and a “true abomination.”
17. Jon Voight
Midnight Cowboy star – and father of Angelina Jolie – Jon Voight feels very strongly that Obama is bad for America. And so in 2015 he made a video in which he stated his fear that the president “does not love Israel” and that America has not been the same since he was elected.
16. Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer is known for his long-running stint as the stuffy intellectual lead of Frasier. And in real life, it seems that he’s just as opinionated. Grammer is staunchly pro-life, for one. Furthermore, in 2012 he was also caught on video declaring Obama to be “over.”
15. Kid Rock
In the past, singer/rapper Kid Rock has expressed a mix of right-wing and more left-wing views. And even though he performed at Obama’s inauguration, he told the Guardian in 2015 that he didn’t vote for him and that he believes that “the President has left the country more divided than ever.” In 2016, then, his endorsement goes to Donald Trump.
14. Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco caused a stir when he made anti-Obama remarks during a live performance in 2013. Fiasco was actually meant to be taking part in an inauguration celebration; after performing an anti-war song, though, he went on to deliver an on-stage rant against the president. Unsurprisingly, the rapper was subsequently ordered out by security.
13. Russell Brand
Comedian Russell Brand has proven himself to be incredibly informed in the political realm as well as very outspoken on issues he feels passionately about. And while he definitely swings to the left in his beliefs, he nevertheless tore into Obama during his YouTube series The Trews in 2014. In particular, Brand expressed his skepticism and mistrust of the president’s decision to bomb Iraq and Syria.
12. Dennis Miller
Victoria Jackson isn’t the only hardcore right-winger to emerge from Saturday Night Live. In his early days as a comedian, for example, Dennis Miller held the anchor chair on “Weekend Update.” Now, though, he’s known more as a conservative talking head on political programs. In an interview with Fox News back in 2012, for example, he said that the president was divisive. Not only that, but Miller added that if Obama “wants to be president of all Americans, that he should stand up and condemn the hateful rhetoric and violence coming from unions.”
11. Frankie Muniz
Frankie Muniz once played the put-upon child genius on Malcolm in the Middle; nowadays, he spends much of his time participating in open-wheel racing. However, he still finds time in his busy schedule to air his dislike of Obama on Twitter. In 2011, for example, one Twitter fan asked him to name one place people would never find him. His response? An Obama rally.
10. Sylvester Stallone
Rambo and Rocky star Sylvester Stallone is an out and proud Republican who even attended George W. Bush’s inauguration in 2001. And during the 2010 mid-term elections, he took to Twitter to share his extreme dislike of Obama, comparing the president to a Manchurian Candidate who will “drive America off a cliff.”
9. Robert Duvall
Robert Duvall has never shied away from sharing his political views and once even introduced vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin at a rally back in 2008. During his introduction, in fact, the Godfather star plainly said of Obama, “As far as I’m concerned, we’ve got to keep this guy out of the White House.”
8. Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson is no stranger to controversy, so it wasn’t all that shocking when he made his views on Obama crystal clear in 2010. At that time, the Lethal Weapon star told Pop Tarts that he didn’t think that Obama had what it takes to “fix the nation.”
7. Chuck Norris
In his heyday, Chuck Norris was the ultimate action hero in films like Way of the Dragon. These days, however, he’s better known for his outspoken political views. When Obama was re-elected in 2012, for example, Norris predicted that there would be “1,000 years of darkness.” In 2015, moreover, he insisted that “Obama has literally helped build the environment for the Apocalypse, as defined by both Muslims and Christians.”
6. James Caan
Misery star James Caan is considered a Hollywood heavyweight: just don’t call him a Hollywood liberal. Caan is a serious conservative, after all, and has even claimed that he only watches FOX News. This, then, might somewhat explain his 2016 outburst in an interview with The Media Line, where he stated that President Obama doesn’t care about Israel.
5. Gary Sinise
Actor Gary Sinise is best remembered for his role as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump, so it’s fitting that he feels such loyalty to our troops. In fact, Sinise even heads his own foundation for veterans. In 2015, though, the actor expressed his extreme disappointment with Obama’s handling of the Department of Veteran Affairs as well as the Iranian nuclear deal.
4. Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo is known for his titular role in Hercules, in which he plays a hero of superhuman strength. And it seems that the actor has some equally strong opinions when it comes to politics. Sorbo is a devout Christian who disagrees with much of Hollywood’s leftist views; in 2013, moreover, he told TheBlaze that Obama has “one of the worst records” this country has ever seen.
3. Ted Nugent
Singer/songwriter Ted Nugent voices his political opinions almost as loudly as he plays guitar. “The Nuge” is infamously pro-gun and rightwing, and in one tweet he once tastelessly boasted that he told Obama that he could “suck on my machine gun.”
2. Chuck Woolery
Chuck Woolery is most famous for his stint hosting the goofy The Dating Game. A former navy man, he considers himself a conservative Libertarian. He also believes that the president doesn’t always know what he is doing. In a 2014 Facebook post, for one, he wrote, “Obama treats Iran like they are ten feet tall. They are not. They only appear that way because we treat them that way. Incompetence, stupid.”
1. Matt Damon
At one time, Matt Damon was one of Barack Obama’s biggest fans, and the Hollywood favorite even campaigned for him back in 2008. But by 2013 the Jason Bourne star had soured on the president, finding fault with his stances on the NSA and drone strikes. Indeed, he would tell Black Entertainment Television that year that Obama had “broken up with [him].”