Angelina Jolie has spoken up about the chatter suggesting she does not support Obama's re-election effort. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Caller, she revealed some frustrations with the president's first-term performance, but dismissed reports about her predictions about his longevity.
Speaking from the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., at the premiere of her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie (cheerfully) bristled at the suggestion she believes Obama to have a short Presidential shelf life.
In 2009 it was reported that you did not think President Obama would win another four years in the White House, said Nicholas Ballasy of the Daily Caller.
Reported by who? Jolie asked with a smile. By Us Weekly? You need to read better papers.
Though he didn't specify, The Daily Caller reporter was likely referring to a 2009 Fox News report quoting an unnamed Hollywood insider who was reportedly close to the actress. This source claimed Jolie saw Obama as a one-term president, citing a subtle arrogance in his delivery, [and] not living up to his promises.
In this week's interview, Jolie was far more circumspect than the 2009 report suggests.
There are many, many things that I think have gone in a wonderful direction, and there are a few things I am disappointed in, she said about Obama's first term, after fumbling for words a bit. And I don't...feel like tonight is the night to clarify.
Moving along, Ballasy asked the director about her thoughts on the Republican presidential candidates who were considering cutting foreign aid altogether. Jolie, who also works as an Ambassador to the UN, said we need to take a hard look at what foreign aid means right now.
What is foreign aid, and if foreign aid is just cash and just dropping food aid but not addressing fair trade, and not addressing how to help people learn about their own laws and self-govern -- and it's just constantly throwing a kind of, you know -- it's the fish and not teaching somebody how to fish, right? she told The Daily Caller.
Jolie believes that the U.S. needs to adjust the way it addresses foreign aid, saying that as things stands countries are not able to get back on their feet in an independent way. They deserve that, and so we have a lot more we need to be doing.