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Actor Matt Damon Breaks with Obama; Hollywood Honeymoon Over?

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Matt Damon, one of the liberal elite's first celebrity Obama backers, told CNN's Piers Morgan Thursday that he has been disappointed in President Obama's performance. Asked if he was happy with the man he once so vocally supported, the actor responded, "No. I really think he misinterpreted his mandate. A friend of mine said it the other day and I thought it was a great line: 'I no longer hope for audacity,'" a take on Obama's Audacity of Hope book title.

On Afghanistan, Damon said he doesn't believe the "mission there has been very well articulated. And I think it would help to kind of reframe the way we're thinking about being there and why we're there." But Damon is not the first -- nor, surely, will he be the last -- of Obama's high-profile Hollywood supporters to express disappointment in the president's accomplishments.

Barbra Streisand in December complained about both Obama specifically and Democrats in general. Robert Redford said last summer that Obama was not taking enough action to clean up the BP gulf oil spill. Director Spike Lee also blasted the president for his oil-spill response, or lack thereof. In an interview with the British paper Guardian in January 2010, Glee star Jane Lynch called Obama a "huge disappointment" for not taking bolder action on gay rights.

Of course, Hollywood is hardly a monolith. And many of the president's supporters continue to stand by their man, among them George Clooney and Oprah Winfrey.

Obama's approval ratings fell by 11 percent across the board in 2010, according to the most recent Gallup poll.

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