Denzel: Voters Angry At Economy, Not Obama


Denzel Washington denied Wednesday that the Republican election rout was a slap in the face for President Barack Obama, saying it was a sign of frustration over a bad economy, reports the AFP.

“It is not a sanction,” the actor, who vocally supported Obama’s election bid in 2008, told a news conference in Paris the day after the mid-term vote.

“I think that the vote speaks more of people’s frustration about their own economic situation, about the frustration of the voters with all of the politicians in America.

“The number one priority in America and probably in most countries right now is jobs,” said Washington, who in 2002 became the second black actor to receive an Oscar after Sydney Poitier.

“People feel powerless so one way to exercise their power is through the vote. People want more checks and balances in the government.”

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