Woody Allen says Obama should be granted dictatorial powers

Posted May 17, 2010 by Johnny Simpson
In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, film director Woody Allen suggested that President Obama should be granted total dictatorial powers for a few years "so he can get some good things done."
Director/writer Woody Allen
Director/writer Woody Allen
by David Shankbone
From FOX News via the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia comes the news that Oscar-winning American film director Woody Allen believes that it would be in the best interests of the United States if President Obama were granted dictatorial powers for a few years. In the La Vanguardia interview translated by FOX News, Mr. Allen said the following:
“I am pleased with Obama. I think he’s brilliant. The Republican Party should get out of his way and stop trying to hurt him. It would be good…if he could be a dictator for a few years because he could do a lot of good things quickly."
Mr. Allen came to public attention most recently at Cannes for expressing support for fellow director Roman Polanski, who is under house arrest in Switzerland awaiting a legal decision on his extradition to the United States to face 32-year-old charges of drugging and raping Samantha Geimer, who was only 13 at the time of the incident in 1977. Mr. Allen first made news last September, when he signed the joint petition demanding Mr. Polanski's release from a Swiss jail after his arrest on the outstanding US warrant for the Geimer rape.
What contributed to the Polanski controversy in Mr. Allen's case is that he was involved in his own scandal involving an affair with ex-wife Mia Farrow's adopted teenage daughter Soon-Yi Previn, whom he later married. Ms. Farrow also accused Mr. Allen of molesting their adopted 7-year-old daughter Dylan. Those charges were dismissed in court, but the judge in the case called Mr. Allen's relationship with Soon-Yi "grossly inappropriate."