GQ Exclusive: Ben Affleck on Politics: “Ugly.” “Toxic.” “Horrendous.” “Complete Bullsh-t.” “I Don’t Want To Run For Office.”
All this feverish speculation that Ben Affleck is ready to put himself forward as a candidate if John Kerry vacates his senate seat, does it really come from somewhere? Other than, that is, from some endlessly re-quoted statements of heady youthful political ambition in an interview Affleck gave to GQ over a decade ago, married with his Boston heritage and the fact that in the last few months he is considered to have completed the nonsensical transformation from derided shallow actor idiot to America’s favorite hyper-talented, smart Hollywood liberal. Maybe the senate stories will turn out to be real; anyone can change their mind. But when Affleck talked with GQ most recently, on September 15 in Los Angeles, he was fairly clear on the subject.
This year I was thinking, ‘I’m a rapper now. I need to spend excessive amounts of money.’ So I bought a 2008 Cadillac DTS Biarritz, this bougie luxury edition—except mine has white walls and custom hand-painted cacti all over it. If Barack Obama and Rick Ross had a baby, this is what it would look like.
Forget Big Bird. Forget P90x. Forget Clint Eastwood and his empty chair. John Surico provides the all-important guide to getting back to how we once lived, before that time we spent 18 months and $6 billion to re-elect the president:
The Inevitable Post-Mortem Cycle
Now that Obama has reclaimed his throne, you can expect the second half of November to be filled with what happened pieces. Some predictable headlines: “The Rise and Fall of Mitt Romney,” “What Will Happen To Him Now,” “What Did He Do Wrong,” and, of course, “What Will Happen In The Second Term of President Obama.” The election craziness will drag on for a few weeks as everyone pours over the results and spits out mind-numbing conclusions about our national sanity.
Are we really just a conglomerate of red and blue battlegrounds? What does Obama’s election really mean? With a little less than half of the voting population fed up with the President’s policies, is the sake of the Oval Office’s legitimacy lost for the next four years? Answers to come. Oh, and don’t forget about the Congressional situation, the new Cabinet appointees and the like. Ugh, we still have a lot to deal with.
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