Bryan Cranston says history will judge President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee Biden congratulates Trudeau for winning third term as Canadian prime minister Republicans have moral and financial reasons to oppose raising the debt ceiling MORE’s time in the White House “very favorably.”
“I think his legacy will be looked upon, maybe not right now, but in years to come, I think it will be looked upon very favorably because of what he was able to do with the healthcare initiative, ObamaCare,” Cranston, who voted for Obama in both of the past two elections, told ITK on Tuesday.
This time around, the “Breaking Bad” star — who played meth kingpin Walter White in the AMC drama — says he’s rooting for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE because he believes in “most of everything she stands for.” Cranston says the Democratic front-runner can “gain a lot of perspective, perhaps, from what, I think, Barack Obama has laid before,” particularly with Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation.
“The concept of covering basic healthcare for all of our citizens is a good and noble act.
“A social program like that, which has been vilified — even the word ‘socialist’ has become a dirty word. But in many aspects, as we’ve found, aspects of socialism are a good thing,” contends the 59-year-old Emmy Award winner.
“You try to tell someone that’s even a staunch conservative, say, ‘Well, you are a benefactor of social services — Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid, the police department, the school department, the library — these are social services that are exceptionally and incredibly important.”
Beyond healthcare, Cranston says he admires Obama’s diplomacy strategy.
“I think his ability to be patient and use diplomacy in his negotiations, I think, are to be commendable and I look upon them as a power and a strength, not a weakness,” the actor said.
“You hear people say, ‘I would never even talk to the leader of that country.’ And it’s like, really, that’s your solution? To slam the door? It’s like when does that ever resolve anything?”
The outspoken star, who won a Tony Award last year for his portrayal on Broadway of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, exclaimed, “Because you’re having a discussion with someone doesn’t mean you’re going to cower to them, it means [Obama], I think, needed to know more information. Tell me where you stand. Let me look at you straight in the eye and figure out for myself and for my country where you stand and how that affects us.”
ITK caught up with Cranston, who’s winning accolades for his role as the protagonist in “Trumbo,” during a press tour to promote the film in Washington. The biopic tells the real-life tale of Dalton Trumbo, a 1940s Hollywood screenwriter who was imprisoned and blacklisted from Hollywood for his ties to Communism.
“The message of the film to me is inclusiveness,” says Cranston. “It’s to be able to embrace an opposing viewpoint without thinking of them as the enemy or to demonize some of them. And Trumbo himself was a proud American.”
When ITK noted that “inclusiveness” may not be a popular word in Washington these days, Cranston replied, “I know, it’s a shame. It’s unfortunate.” Cranston says he thinks the way for lawmakers to fix a fractured Congress is “by not demonizing someone who disagrees with your point of view.”
“Trumbo” director Jay Roach, the man behind the lens of such politically themed HBO films as “Recount” and 2012’s “Game Change,” added, “It’s all about winners — it’s winners that win at all costs. As soon as somebody wins based on the idea that includes that inclusiveness, cooperativeness and solution-oriented government, I think that’s when it will change. But I don’t know if it can before that happens.
“All candidates these days, I think, are pushed so hard towards attack, attack,” Roach, who’s also supporting Clinton’s White House bid, said. “Vilify your opponents so you look better in comparison. So I don’t know she can resist that either. But I think if she did, it would be unique and cool.”
Politicians, says Cranston, are in “fear of losing that power. If you don’t win, that’s the worst thing that can happen. As opposed to having a visionary that says, whether I win or lose the next election, this is what I think is best for the country and I’m willing to put at risk my political career to do what I think is right. I mean, we need that.”