Remember 2008, when Hollywood just couldn't get enough of Barack Obama
? In one of those small but revealing signs, let's just say that after four years of "hope and change," the entertainment community's enthusiasm for Obama has become somewhat, ahem, muted
. Exhibit A is, of course, Oprah Winfrey.
MORGAN: Will you be voting for Obama?
ALBA: I -- I'd rather keep that private for right now.
MORGAN: I don't have you down as a Romney or Santorum?
ALBA: I'm definitely not one of those -- one of those girls. Definitely not. Without a doubt. Hands down, definitely not.
MORGAN: So it's either nothing or Obama?
ALBA: No, I'm going to vote. I think it's actually irresponsible to not exercise your right to vote. So yes, I probably, most definitely will be voting on that side. But then again, you know, it's not like I completely and totally agree with everything that goes on. I think, you know, there is a lot of room for improvement.
Amazing. Four years later, and she can't even utter the name "Obama." In poker, that's what one calls a "tell."
Oh, yes, Hollywood is still liberal (some people can't learn!), and they'll still give plenty of money and vote for Obama. But for the most part, the public displays of adulation are a thing of the past . . . and whether it's because some are disappointed that the president isn't liberal enough, or whether it's because they understand just how controversial he's become, it's still worth noting.