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John Cusack Refers to Obama’s ‘Imperial Presidency’

Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 04:31 PM

By James Hirsen

In an appearance on “CBS This Morning” to promote a new film in which he stars, John Cusack made some sharply critical comments about President Barack Obama.

Cusack expressed his disappointment with the Obama administration’s record on civil liberties.

Co-host Gayle King asked the actor for his thoughts about “the political race this year.”

“I sort of feel like there's some kind of Rubicon line issues that I hope are addressed that don't have to do with left and right, and some of those issues, some of the issues that the Obama administration has with due process and with the assassination of American citizens — this speech by Eric Holder — I think, are deeply troubling,” Cusack said.

He reiterated, “I think that's beyond left and right.”

Cusack then spoke of a constitutional duty that he felt the Obama administration had failed to address, saying, “But from a civil libertarian point of view, the excesses of the Bush administration — I think he [Obama] had a constitutional obligation to correct that, and I don't think they have, and I think that's deeply troubling for my nephews and for my future.”

In a follow-up question, co-host Charlie Rose asked, “Meaning you expected more from the president and attorney general?”

“Yeah,” Cusack said, adding, “I don't think the executive branch — I think that they've, kind of, continued that imperial presidency of the Bush administration with these claims to executive privilege.”

Cusack, who refers to himself as a civil libertarian, portrays 19th-century writer Edgar Allan Poe in a new film, “The Raven,” to be released in late April.

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