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Top political strategist Woody Allen thinks Obama would get much more done as dictator; No, really

Woody Allen

The notorious and formerly funny movie director Woody Allen is apparently frustrated with the cumbersome operations of American democracy too.

The one-time-father-now-husband-of-his-daughter tells the Spanish-language magazine La Vanguardia that the United States' Democratic Smoker-in-Chief could accomplish a whole lot more from his White House if he didn't have so many disorderly, annoying people objecting, distracting and criticizing him all the time.

Such social messiness has been known to occur in functioning democracies, even cinematic ones, although less often on celebrity-strewn movie sets under the direction of a dictatorial director.

"It would be good...if (Obama) could be dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly," Allen is quoted as saying.

Allen is also said to have said:

I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him.

With healthcare and the economy now fully fixed, no doubt one area in urgent need of sweeping Obama-style reforms would be targeting movie reviewers who write negatively about Hollywood. Or about its politician favorites.

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Hitler was a dictator in the national socialist party also. What is mind-boggling about the hollywood morons is that the "rich" guys are the enemy, and don't pay enough. Clearly obammy is anti-Jewish, how stupid is this guy? Oh wait, he is "doing" his daughter......

Woody Allen is the greatest -- what a great idea! Obama is doing everything perfectly, so he should be allowed to make all of the decisions for a few years. After a few years, people will accept more of a Socialist approach, and imagine how quickly things will change for the better.

Sure, This is the guy we should be looking to for opinion! HA!

By the way, five brave soldiers died yesterday in, strike that, what was the President's golf score?

Why is this newspaper quoting a narcissistic idiot? He made his billions well before Obama took office. And what genius wrote and actually believes this: "With healthcare and the economy now fully fixed..." Really? Maybe the Times should interview someone whose been laid off or underemployed since Obama took office. Undoubtedly the Times will get a more accurate and sober assessment of the current state of affairs!

This man is off his nut!!
What more proof do we need that the denizens of Hollyweird have lost their minds. Many seem totally dedicated to the destruction of freedom and liberty in this country and this individuals' bleatings about his desire to see a dictatorship rise up and give Obama the power to bring his Marxist/Socialist dream to fruition without any opposition, seem to prove the point. What the incestuous creature Allen wants is for all of us who see the grotesquely oversize monstrosity, and overreaching entity that is the U.S. Government as the problem, to stop picking on Obama. He would have us simply acquiesce, sit down and stop objecting to whatever Obama and his minions wish to do, or as he puts it to stop trying to hurt him. Perhaps he is ready to lay down and just let evil occur without attempting to stop it, but my fellow conservatives and I are not. To rephrase an old saying: All that need to happen for totalitarianism to prosper is for good men (and women) to do nothing. Obama and all those who work for him and do his bidding are dedicated to the destruction of this nation as it was founded and destruction of individual rights and freedom. The fact that Sean Penn and now Woody Allen seem so enamored with dictatorship seems to prove it out. Educate yourselves and remember that most of these Hollywood types are cut from the same cloth, and should be given all the credence one would give the village idiot of old...

.... typical Democrat ...... "Smoker-in-Chief could accomplish a whole lot more from his White House if he didn't have so many disorderly, annoying people objecting, distracting and criticizing him all the time.".....Typical Democrat.......

Who is Woody Allen? Why is anything he says worthy of paying any attention to? Little help here?

What a crackpot. Any reputation Allen had as an "intellectual" is officially dead. Stick to what you know, Woody -- playing the clarinet and palling around with pedophile rapists.

WOW!!! I mean, there are no words to express how ignorant this man is. I'm actually shocked! Healthcare fully fixed? Coupled with the economy- fully fixed? And a dictatorship- move to Cuba! I hear, they love it there- and if they don't... well, we'd never hear about it since the state controls their media. Ask China how they feel... okay, another bad example, because we only get rosy news from there, too... how about READ THE G'DAMN CONSTITUTION, and read your f'ing history! Oh wait- he doesn't read NEWSPAPERS to see the economy is STILL in the toilet. Nevermind on that too, I guess.

Must be nice to be some Hollyweird freak who doesn't have to worry about money or live in the real world. I guess that ignorance is truly bliss.

Isn't that what they said about Hitler?

Yes, Mr. Allen, democracy is messy, and that's the way its supposed to be. Remember, dictators usually try to stifle the very freedom of expression that is the movie-maker's stock-in-trade!

Poor old Woody. A once-great director, now reduced to a senile defender of pedophilia. At least he has his young wife/daughter to take care of him in his decline.

Political advice from a pedophile. Woody Allen is an IDIOT. I kave no words for this guy other than, you needs to start taking your Medication again and Shut The F&*K up You Stupid Moron.

Yeah, that worked really well for Rome.....

I have to be 13 years old to post here..So Woody's step daughter /lover couldn't when he was privately dating her?
Anyway he likes um YOUNG..So he sees nothing wrong with giving the keys to an Arrogant,Know It All,..13 year old who never drove a bike yet alone a car and saying .."Here take the coutry for a spin Barack!" He is driving us into insolvency,socialistic huge inefficent government (Like Greece!) and undermining our friends abroad ! ( Woody ever hear of a place called Isreal??) You have a GREAT sense of humor Woody..I hope this was REALL a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Is this what happens to people who once were funny when they get old? They lose their minds and start advocating totalitarianism?

What an idiot. Some of his older movie are funny, but I have not seen anything funny from him for years. This is laughable, but it's not funny.

This is a joke right?

And Woody should join Roman in jail.

This recepient of the benefits of religious nepotism thinks he is qualified to realign the leadership of our nation. He is suffering from an acute case of diarrhea of the mouth.

Isn't this how Hitler started? A socialist, democratically elected, sweeping reform to improve the lives of his people? Geez, even george lucas understood that. "this is how democracy dies...with thunderous applause." Starwars episode III

Hollywood and it's perpetual population of utterly clueless and borderline-insane cult personalities never fails to disappoint. Bravo, Allen: I thought the nation's respect for you couldn't get any lower, but you have proven us wrong!

Great idea, Woody. Moron.

Stick to making boring movies about dysfunctional relationships, it's much more your thing.

Are you kidding me???

Sounds like Woody Allen is living in the wrong country. He should move while the government will still allow him to.

why would anyone comment--this is so sad--Woody, just move to Greece, Venezuela, Cuba...try it

Woody Allen should stick to his sexual fantasies.

Don't worry Woody... Obama will make sure that marshall law is in place if the elections are not to his liking. He really is a dictator, he just hasn't let that information out yet.

I said it first, only that he would become the first US dictator. Woody is a top political strategist? In the words of that annoying WWE (WWF) wrestler, 'REALLY? REALLY?'

Woody Allen's still good at playing the jackass, in this case self-parodying himself and the Hollywood jackasses whose hatred for middle America shows itself in drivel like this. His paranoia, stemming from the fear average Americans will wake up and realize how much he's always hated them, is fun to observe. Thanks for the article and good laugh.

that is the same attitude the German public had towards Adlof Hitler in the 1930's. Woody should be ashamed.

Well, that's all Stalin wanted, you know -- a few years to "do a lot of good things quickly." Dictators are so misunderstood. People are as squeamish about dictatorship as little Miss Muffet was about spiders. Grow up, people. Really.

Well, at least he is honest... stupid, but honest!

I wish the interviewer would have asked Mr. Allen, "When has a dictator ever voluntarily and/or bloodlessly given up his dictatorship?"

I think Mr. Allen should stick to making comedies which aren't funny and which no one understands. It's what he does best!

What a horse's bee-hind, wrinkled up old pervert!

What MORE can Obama do? He is already our dictator. Just today he he made a law about the press, then ignored it. The current rules of law only apply to some, not others. And Obama is at the top of the list. Woody Allen doesn't even have a list!

Andrew is back! A number of skills on display in this post, including but not limited to...

1) The passive voice, used to impute views to Allen that are at best unclear ("apparently frustrated with the cumbersome operations of American democracy too.")

2) The snide remark, always at Obama's expense, wholly outside of whatever narrative Andrew is trying to create ("Smoker-in-Chief")

3. The strawman argument (see rest of the sentence after smoker-in-chief)

4. The inscrutable/what-is-your-point paragraph (there's always one, in this case paragraph 3)

5. The passive voice--again! (said to have said)

6. The right-wing talking point: Hollywood is crawling with liberals, ("politician favorites") meant to discount anything someone in Hollywood might say in support of Obama or critical of Republicans.

I have friends who ask me why I read Andrew's posts. They don't realize what a treasure he is. On an almost daily basis, Andrew Malcolm provides me with a rich resource of rhetorical devices and logical fallacies to show my students. I feel like I owe the man money.

Andrew, I mean this in all sincerety: you have an open invitation to visit my school. Let me know in advance. In the meantime, I'll keep reading.


Woody Allen . . . he does not remember Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Mao Tse Tung? He's an idiot to even think about it. Our Constitution protects us from just such people as Robert Mugabe, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro and all the other garden variety dictators with their banana republics which have gone bankrupt.

I shudder to think of what Obama would do, given his inclinations toward absolute control. "Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely." Obama wants all the power for a reason . . . his visions of a socialist economy dominated by idealistic dreams and fanciful green energy dreams . . . or should I say mirages.

Yeah but!, what Woody really meant?, Obama should be dicator!, only if??, Obama's new regime can & will supply 'woodman' with an unending surplus of underaged! girls, from most desperately poor nations,just so! the WOODMAN can get some action.

I think he could get even more done if he was a incestuous pedophile.

Yes, because we all know how every past dictator has worked out so well.

Someone put a muzzle on these lunatic democracy haters. Move to Libya, I'm sure Qaddafi would love to have you. I'm sure his sentiments were far different when Bush was President. He was probably thanking all that is good for Democratic harassment of the Bush administration.

Opposing views move the country forward. You're old and no longer funny, go find a new job.

What a moron.

Really??? Would-he Allen is the antithesis of the American idea of patriotism. Clearly he is the enemy. This is the exact opposite of what our countrymen have fought and died for.

It might almost be worth it, if he consigned Allen to the dungeon.

What a mullet! What a stupid thing to think, much less say!

You just can't make this stuff up . . . . .

this from a guy who married his adopted daughter??? He's a SICK MAN and BTW I personally think his movies stink..

One of the stupidest things I've read in a while. Not even worth a comment.

Obama would agree. Thanks Woody....the world really values the opinion of men who marry their children. Yuck.

Only the American people can stop Obama from becoming Hugo Chavez. Vote.

Why doesn't this surprise me? He also thinks Polanski should be cleared of child-rape. People like Woody Allen are everything that is wrong with America. They cry "facist" and "hypocrite" when there is a Republican in office and when there's a democrat, they plea "be our dictator," "hate our country!" Hey Woody, what would you be saying if a Republican was a "dictator?" Woody Allen, make films and stop opening your mouth. For the sake of everyone in these United States.

Ok, like anyone is going to listen to a moron, sicko that married his daughter and had fought to give a pardon to the other sicko rapist roman polanski. These two idiots need to be placed into a forced labor camp somewhere deep in china.......and their fellow morons, penn, glover, moore, and the rest of the hollywood left wing ding bats that love chaves.

Oh, and healthcare is fixed? We will see about that, when the US falls like greece, and other parts of the EU, maybe these rejects will finally get it........

Perhaps Mr. Allen should consider the flip side of the coin before speaking. How would he feel if a Republican or worse (for him) a conservative Republican were granted the same dictatorship? Either way, I prefer to not take advice from someone who stands by his co-worker/friend Roman Polanski who, like him, is a child molester.

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