Playwright and Director David Mamet Calls President Obama a 'Tyrant'

David Mamet. Photo by Walter McBride.

Playwright, director and screenwriter David Mamet made a bold observation about President Obama in a recent interview with The Hugh Hewitt Show.

"He's a tyrant. And I give him great credit," Mamet said. "He's always said that his idea was to reform the United States. And, you know, like many tyrants, like Wilson and like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, he believes that his way is the right way and that he's going to implement his vision of the world, and many agree with him. And he's acting in concert with his conscience. And I applaud him for that. I just disagree with everything he's done."

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Mamet has been an outspoken critic of Obama's administration since 2008, when he wrote an essay for the Village Voice called "Why I Am No Longer a Brain-Dead Liberal." Earlier this month, he compared the current government to Marxism in an interview with The Daily Beast.

Mamet has directed Broadway's The Anarchist (2012) and Race, as well as off-Broadway's Ricky Jay: On the Stem, Dangerous Corner, The Cryptogram, Ricky Jay & HIs 52 Assistants, Oleanna, Three Sisters and Reunion.

A prolific playwright, Mamet has penned Sexual Perversity in Chicago/The Duck Variations, Edmond, The Woods, Boston Marriage, The Old Neighborhood, Urban Blight, Oleanna, Reunion, The Water Engine/Mr. Happiness, Death Defying Acts, Bobby Gould in Hell, Prairie du Chien and The Shawl, Romance, American Buffalo, November, Speed-The-Plow, Glengarry Glen Ross, Race, A Life in the Theatre and more.

As a screenwriter, Mamet's About Last Night is set for release in 2014, with Blackbird aiming for 2015. His recent writing projects include the TV movie Phil Spector and the TV series The Unit. He also wrote scripts for the films Redbelt, Spartan, Heist, Hannibal, The Winslow Boy, Wag the Dog, American Buffalo, Oleanna, Vanya on 42nd Street, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Untouchables, and has adapted many of his other works for the screen.

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