Michael Moore: Obama will only be remembered as first black president

The liberal documentarian said President Obama has been "a huge disappointment."

By Gabrielle Levy
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TORONTO, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- FIlmmaker Michael Moore says he's given up hoping President Obama will leave a memorable legacy.

The liberal documentarian, who is perhaps best known for eviscerating George W. Bush in Fahrenheit 9/11, said Obama is "a huge disappointment."


Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter at the Toronto Film Festival, Moore said Obama will only be remembered as the first African American elected to the job.

"When the history is written of this era, this is how you'll be remembered: 'He was the first black president,'" Moore said, directing his comments at the president. "Okay, not a bad accomplishment, but that's it."

"That's it, Mr. Obama. A hundred years from now, 'he was the first black American that got elected president.' And that's it. Eight years of your life and that's what people are got to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, know you, that you'd probably wish you were remembered for a few other things, a few other things you could've done."

Moore specifically took issue with Obama's reelection claim of "saving Detroit" -- the president meant Detroit as synecdoche for the auto industry -- as the city is now going through bankruptcy.


This isn't the first time the outspoken documentarian has expressed his disappointment in Obama, whom he said he voted for in 2012, even though he was disappointed in his first-term performance, and particularly with his use of drones.

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