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Robert Redford: Some in Washington “Living in the 1950s” and “So Ideologically Driven”

IN AN interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Robert Redford had some astute observations about the politicians in Washington who are keeping our country from moving forward.

“He’s lightly touched on this as an issue, that it’s unfortunate that it took a storm of such consequence to draw the attention that could’ve been drawn by the candidates on the campaign trail,” the actor explained to The Hollywood Reporter. “Now I’m hopeful that [Obama] is going to take what his words were and put some teeth behind them.”

“It’s been tied up for so long, it’s been bottled up for so long, it takes awhile to undo things,” he said to THR. “Particularly when you have elements still in play there that are living in the 1950s. And their points of view are so narrow and so ideologically driven that it’s not likely you’re going to see much change there. As a matter of fact, it might provoke them to be even more contentious. So I guess I put my hope more in the people, not so much in current government.”

“The Beltway is a very complicated and troubled place,” he told THR.

Complicated is an understatement.

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3 Responses to Robert Redford: Some in Washington “Living in the 1950s” and “So Ideologically Driven”

  1. newdealdem1 November 20, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

    I have so much respect for Redford on many levels. His politics, his artistic philosophy, his putting his money where his mouth is, his just plain loveliness is what Redford has meant to me and many others.

    His analysis is spot on although I am not holding breath that many self-proclaimed progressives will agree with him unlike the truly liberal folk who are wise to who Obama is innately which is not in any way liberal.

    Redford and McCain where born in the same year, 1936, which means they are 76. But, they might as well be light years apart as they have nothing in common except for their age.

  2. Taylor Marsh November 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I had the pleasure of meeting him a few years back when he launched his Apollo Alliance. It was raining in DC and we were both having very bad hair days, which ended up in a shared moment, one of those things that happen out of the blue and you find yourself sharing an ordinary moment with a stranger.

    He is indeed an extraordinary man and worlds apart from McCain.

    My brother Larry was in McCain’s class at the Naval Academy. Larry left when he found out he couldn’t fly jets, then ended up enlisting in the Marines.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter November 22, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Funny, I was going to join the Marines then I found out I couldn’t fly jets so I volunteered for the draft.

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