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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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Woody Allen is a mere creator of word order, which he turns into movies and plays, which 'some' people enjoy. Though he is certainly allowed to voice his thoughts and opinions, his stupidity on the big screen, despite his wealth, doesn't place him on any platform of any kind so as to make decisions for a Country. PS - Please forgive my misspelling of 'diversions' above. Thank you so very much.

Wow. This kind of rhetoric will not be perceived as humor. Buy stock now in arms manufacturers. All we need is a few more similarly candid statements from Obama's "top political strategists" and we'd see a torrential landslide of grass roots militias. And arms dealers would see buyers come out of the wood work.

Woody can't wait to see the next movie. Your the funniest, so what if you married your stepdaughter it saved time looking who knew she was so close all those years. I think she came onto you. Anyway it makes a great story. I live in a fantasy land too. I am sure people take you quote serios but I've seen all your movies I know you sense of humor. Keep me laughing.

You would think as a Jewish man Woody Allen might look to history and see how Jews have not done very well under dictatorships.

I think that Woody Allen should be thrown in jail and the key should then be thrown away - for a few years. Anyone who opposes this should get out of our way and stop trying to hurt us... I'm going to agree with this incestuous pedophile? This doesn't even deserve the screen time it's getting on the internet. What a douche.

Thank you for your comments Woody Allen. I will never watch another one of your movies again.

Imagine... a Jew calling for a dictatorship, run by someone hostile to Israel!

Woody is simply admitting that there is so much truth in what the Republicans are saying about Obama that even though he has a huge advantage in Congress, the truth is Obama's greatest enemy.

Woody Allen may be one of the stupidest people on the planet. He has about as much relevance in politics as perhaps Barbara Boxer.


I would expect nothing less from this pedophile piece of garbage. Still don't understand why this ugly, twisted worthless piece of excrement isn't in jail.

Someone should have asked him how that Hitler/Stalin/Mao/Castro thing was working out for him.

BHO must be brilliant just like this Mensa candidate attests. If only someone would invent something like an educational transcript for verification for us morons.

This from a guy who married his own daughter. I don't know if I shuld laugh or puke.

I guess it depends on what you want to get done doesn't it. The problem with the "high IQ" crowd is that they don't get out of their circles often enough to discover that their great theories will not work in the real world. Socialism only works great in theory. Communism is the best form of government ever invented but it cannot work out of the classroom. Both ignore human nature. When there is no incentive to produce all of the dark side of human nature is channeled into gaining the only thing left - power. Capitalism is the only economic system that recognizes human nature and channels the worst of our nature into progress.

This is why aging filmmakers are not granted a seat on The Supreme Court. Allen is giving us the proverbial line from one of his own mediocre movies. There is no such thing as a "temporary" dictator. If Obama is granted dictatorial powers, who exactly is going to take them away from him? Even more, who has the authority to grant them in the first place? Allen and his cohorts abhor the centralization of power when a Republican is in charge, but believe it is the epitome of bliss when a Democrat is at the helm. Obama has, in fact, messed up almost everything he has touched, from the economy to health care to the auto industry, it's all a mess. He's given our enemies new freedoms to pursue their agendas against us while turning his back on our long-term allies. We are sitting at almost 10% unemployment, when we were told that 4.6% unemployment under Bush was a bad thing. Get a new pair of glasses, Allen, because those rose-colored ones aren't doing the job.

What a jackass.

As a Jew, Woody should recall what happened the last time someone was made a dictator under the pretense of getting more things done. It was called the "enabling act of 1933".

Chevy Chase, Woody Allen...How can clever comedians be so politically stupid?

Perhaps if Bammy, the man with no documentation, actually did something for sovereignty, freedom, and America rather than coming off as a communist sympathizer/advocate-muslim extremist supporter-subversive, then you wouldn't have "disorderly, annoying people objecting, distracting and criticizing him all the time."

"I am pleased with Obama. I think he is brilliant."
OK, Woody, so obviously all of your work has been ghost written. Either that, or the problem is ignorance - you get all your political misinformation from the Bammy groupies at MSNBC.

Woody Allen is the only person I know who is slimier than Obumbler. If he were Dictator maybe he could make it stylish to screw your adopted children.

Interesting, isn't it, to see the communist roaches crawl out....

why didn't the LA Times keep my comment on this buffoon having sex with his adopted daughter? what happened to free speech. What I wrote is a lot more intelligent than Woody's comments about taking over the country.

Remember when Jonah Goldberg was out of line for writing about "liberal fascism" because it was such an obvious and ridiculous oxymoron? Seems like every day some so-called liberal allows their mask to slip.

What's really funny about this article is that Woody and other like minded fellows on the left really believe this.
People ask how the German people could have let Hitler do what he did. Just listen to Woody Allen progressive philosopher.

Woody never was much of a comedian.

I know this stupid statement doesn't even rate any kind of comment, but this surely gives a clear picture of how idiotic, stupid, and out of touch with reality Liberals actually are. This is unbelievable. This Liberal Pedophile thinks we should allow this President to be a dictator. Is he for real. Please vote these Liberals out before we have no Freedoms left. !!!!!

Hey Woody,

Your not funny. Go live with Castro or Chavez, and get the heck out of the U.S.A.

What a doofus.

He has got to be kidding. If he wants a dictator, let him move to Venzuela. Our government system is designed to prevent dictatorship, and no one rules absolutely and makes all the decision just because they may be smart. No one ever will in the US, until and unless we are taken over by another country and it is forcibly placed on us. Get that thru your deviant head or leave us!

Smart as a whip, but dumb as a rock.

That's part of the intellectual pain of being a huge fan of Woody's.


Woody, go stick your head in a toilet bowl and flush it. Are you out of your mind to give this radical socialist more power! It's rhetorical, no need to answer. Steve

Yet more proof there are people in this world who think, accomplish things or provide tangible value - others are entertainers.

I guess the good news is the more hollywood talks the more they prove why the average American ignores them and why more should!
Was this clown ever actually relevant, or was it just with the uppity, snooty, pretend intellectuals he lives amongst?

When I become ruler of the world my first act will be to round up far left liberal hollywood types and lop off their heads, to roaring crowd approval of course. Allen proves he is not only the nebbish he portrays on the screen but an idiot when it comes to common sense. When Obama loses in 2012, I will have in my mind the picture of a distraught Allen, holding his head in his hands and weeping. The true nebbish.

This is to stupid to comment on!

Just as we suspected, Obama has clearly locked up the incestuous pervert Hollywood / New Yorker vote. But seriously, when was the last time anybody cared a bit what Woody Allen had to say? His 15 minutes of fame was over decades ago.

Good thing no one cares what this sick dude has to say. Hell, he even defended that child rapist Polanski.

The world will be a better place when people like this guy are dead. From natural causes of course you mouth breathing libs.

His comments are the first and only honest comments on what Obama and his followers believe. I may not agree but at least he's being honest.

woody the child rapist

Soon-Yi was never his daughter. Farrow adopted her, she fell in love with Woody and now they've been married for longer than he was ever with Farrow. Wow, 13 years on and you're still getting it wrong? Crack job at research.

I actually think that all Presidents have thought that at some time or another, but that's the genius of our system. Woody is a moron, but you know a ton of people will be on here bashing liberal Hollywood. Remember, a ton of stars come out and say things for the Right as well. I don't base my opinion on whether a star votes Rep. or Dem., and neither should you. Who cares what they say?!?

Woody Allen is as dumb as a rock, and has the same scruples. Who cares what he thinks?

And of course Woody would head the Ministry of Propaganda and Information.
What a TOTAL idiot!

A pedophile and marxist , may I please subscribe to your news letter.

Thanks Woody, how did that labotomy work out?

Well, I guess The Woodman has removed all doubt. He is a fool. Another example of the Hollywood mentality.

Hey DUMMY! Why don't you just move to Cuba, Iran, or Venezuela if you want to live under dictatorship. It will make YOU happy and AMERICA happy!

He cant remember Hitler i guess .

worthless drivel from the LA Times

... and sadly - Obama agrees with him.

This, coming from a man who not only slept with, but ending up *marrying* his adopted daughter. What an amoral idiot.

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