John Cusack: Obama is 'as bad or worse than' George W. Bush

John Cusack, the actor and writer, speaks out about President Barack Obama and US politics

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Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The actor and writer John Cusack shared his views on the president Barack Obama with the Daily Beast.

He first clearly stated that he just says what he thinks, “and if people don’t like it, that’s OK.”

Cusack said Obama is “as bad or worse” than George W Bush when it comes to issues such as the NSA, freedom of the press, civil liberties and drone strikes.

Cusack is recently embracing political activism via Huffington Post blogs and is on the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He is also one of the board members is the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

At the interview he said “Obama has extended and hardened the cement on a lot of Bush’s post-9/11 Terror Inc policies, so he’s very similar to Bush in every way that way.”

Talking about Obama he added “He hasn’t started as many wars, but he’s extended the ones we had, and I don’t even think Dick Cheney or Richard Nixon would say the president has the right to unilaterally decide whom he can kill around the world.”

Cusack also added  “One is forced to ask the question: is the president just another Ivy League asshole shredding civil liberties and due process and sending people to die in some shithole for purely political reasons?”

He also called Hollywood “a whorehouse,” last year. He said at an interview to Guardian that “I have actress friends who are being put out to pasture at 29. They just want to open up another can of hot 22. It’s becoming almost like kiddie porn. It’s weird.”

Cusack is currently working  in Love & Mercy movie which is a biopic of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

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