Actor Sean Penn hits out at Bush, warns Obama

May 14th, 2008 - 11:03 pm ICT by admin  

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Cannes, May 14 (DPA) American actor-turned-director and screenwriter Sean Penn, who heads this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury, lashed out Wednesday at US President George W. Bush and warned White House hopeful Barack Obama of the potential disillusionment if he secures the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. As the US presidential election campaign intensifies, Penn told a press conference marking the opening of the Cannes Festival: “These are the most important elections in my life and probably in our history.”

While stepping back from endorsing a candidate in the race for the White House, Penn said he was endorsing the hope that had been created by Obama’s campaign for the election, which is set for November.

Politics should be about helping people, the 47-year-old academy winning actor told reporters. Penn heads the nine-strong jury for this year’s key prizes at what is the world’s leading film festival.

When asked why so many people disliked Bush, Penn said this was the case with someone who operates “without a brain and a heart” and kills thousands through wars.

It was not the first time that Penn, who is known for his vocal political activism, has roundly criticized the Bush and White House.

In recent years, he has visited Iran and placed an advertisement in the Washington Post attacking the Bush administration on Iraq and the war on terror.

While he acknowledged the sense of political inspiration that Obama had unleashed in the US as a result of his bid for the presidency, he warned him of the “dangerous disillusionment” that could set in if he successfully secured the Democrat nomination.
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