James Woods Goes Off on Obama via Twitter

Raaaaaage! Actor James Woods has been blowing a Twitter-gasket over Obama, the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown.  He is mad! Uh oh, he is super pissed! And he went all Godwin pretty quickly:

Yeah, but they didn’t win. Your point? And btw anyone can be nominated for a Nobel Prize as long as their nominator meets one of these criteria:

•Members of national assemblies and governments of states

•Members of international courts

•University rectors; professors of social sciences, history, philosophy, law and theology; directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes

•Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

•Board members of organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

•Active and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee

•Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Woods–who famously was on a flight with the 9/11 terrorists five weeks before attacks and most recently played a bad guy who tries to overthrow the government in White House Down–had some other blistering 140 character complaints, focusing on veterans being shut out of war memorials and the President himself.

While some might wonder if Woods is going all an hero with a bigfoot bullet, the actor doesn’t care. After all, his fans think James Woods is a pretty cool guy and doesn’t afraid of anything.

48 Responses to "James Woods Goes Off on Obama via Twitter"
thurbers | Friday October 11, 2013 06:28 am 1

If James Woods put butts in seats, he would work again. The reason he won’t isn’t because he spouts off on Twitter, it is because he is a pain in the butt to work with. Productions will put up with a lot from assholes, including out and out harassment and even shut downs, if they think the profits outweigh the costs. He has been raising costs without increasing profits too long.

Sadly he is a highly intelligent jerk. A miserable narcissist who liked playing games more then he liked people. The biggest mystery he cannot figure out is why he is alone and unhappy.

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 06:30 am 2

Yeah, but they didn’t win. Your point? And btw anyone can be nominated for a Nobel Prize as long as their nominator meets one of these criteria:

James is a well known conservative and rumored to be smart ( I doubt this rumor ) so it is interesting he did not make the more direct criticism of Obama Obama won the Nobel and Obama is a war criminal.
But if he said that then that opens the case to mention Henry Kissinger. Sometimes you learn more about people about what they don’t say but you presume they know than what they do say. Of course if they don’t know then they are stupider than you give them credit for, Dishonest, or trying to use the I was unaware defense to get out of legal trouble.
Like Reagan was unaware/Senile about the whole Iran Contra affair or American support for South American Death Squads that killed Nuns.

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 06:30 am 3
In response to thurbers @ 1

Well, ditto, I guess. Ive was wondering why he thought anyone cared about what he is observing; you gave quite a good explanation.

Starbuck | Friday October 11, 2013 06:30 am 4

It’s still a free country!

(Or is it!!!?)

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 06:33 am 5

Thurbers more on what you speak of would be interesting is James then a Charlie Sheen meltdown who likes politics? I wonder if his and Charlie’s rants share a common origin?

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 06:38 am 6

Its still a free country:)

Raaaaaage! Actor James Woods has been blowing a Twitter-gasket over Obama, the Affordable Care Act and the government shutdown.

But if he is so riled about Obamacare we are free to presume he has studied the issue. We are free to discuss the facts of the issue with him I’m sure someone who does not like him will send him this post.

Fact one

The United States life expectancy of 78.4 years at birth, up from 75.2 years in 1990, ranks it 50th among 221 nations, and 27th out of the 34 industrialized OECD countries, down from 20th in 1990.[2][3] Of 17 high-income countries studied by the National Institutes of Health in 2013, the United States had the highest or near-highest prevalence of infant mortality, heart and lung disease, sexually transmitted infections, adolescent pregnancies, injuries, homicides, and disability. Together, such issues place the U.S. at the bottom of the list for life expectancy. On average, a U.S. male can be expected to live almost four fewer years than those in the top-ranked country.[4]

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($8,608), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.9%), than any other nation in 2011. The Commonwealth Fund ranked the United States last in the quality of health care

If James hates Obamacare why does he hate saving money or for that matter Americans living longer?

Natty Rebel | Friday October 11, 2013 06:44 am 7
In response to ThingsComeUndone @ 6

Maybe James Woods is mad we didn’t get Single Payer? (/s)

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 06:46 am 8

James is a Conservative many Conservatives are racist so he might think it is the dark people bringing down America’s life expectancy and infant mortality numbers.

Hispanics, now the nation’s largest immigrant group, the foreign-born live about three years longer than their American-born counterparts,

Hispanic immigrants live 2.9 years longer than American-born Hispanics.

Hispanic Immigrants tend to be illegal, tend to only get healthcare at emergency rooms, and have the lowest rate of health insurance of any group but they live longer than Whites who have health insurance.
That does say something about the sad state of health insurance in this country.

Thad Stevens | Friday October 11, 2013 06:49 am 9

So, is it FDL’s conclusion that soggy conventional pseudo-liberal Hollywood wisdom such as Lisa Derrick offers is not available in enough places? Or is this now just a minor league site for the Huffington Post? Or is this going to be the new HuffPo now that the old one is giving Niall Ferguson many column inches to attack Krugman?

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 06:50 am 10

Objection how can James be expected to know this stuff you mention TCU he’s only an actor.


According to rumor, he scored a perfect 800 on the verbal section of the SAT and 779 on the math section of the SAT, yielding a total score of 1579.[5][6][7] He was nominated for the United States Air Force Academy and received scholarships from Tufts University and Johns Hopkins University for both undergraduate and graduate studies, intending to go to medical school.[7]
Woods ultimately chose to pursue his undergraduate studies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in political science[


You don’t get a perfect score on the SAT verbal section without reading allot.

perris | Friday October 11, 2013 06:53 am 11
In response to Thad Stevens @ 9

you are SO funny, you are saying there are too many “liberals” for your liking and there is not enough right wing propaganda?


if you do standup I am going to watch!

perris | Friday October 11, 2013 06:55 am 12

so let me get this straight

woods is claiming obama has a jhad against our military because the republicans shut down memorials?

is that what he is saying?

there has to be something more then that, I can’t believe anyone is that big a moron

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:02 am 13
In response to Natty Rebel @ 7

And drug price controls plus notice on the news how many GOPers mention the medical device tax? One of the reasons we have such expensive healthcare is hospitals keep buying the latest medical devices.

In research with Amitabh Chandra at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, funded by the National Institute on Aging, I have been puzzling over why advances in medical technology lead the U.S. to spend more per person on health care than any other country in the world (see “We Need a Moore’s Law for Medicine”). We came up with two basic causes. The first is a dizzying array of different treatments, some that provide enormous health value per dollar spent and some that provide little or no value. The second is a generous system of insurance (both private and public) that pays for any treatment that doesn’t obviously harm the patient, regardless of how effective it is.

A third category includes treatments whose benefits are small or supported by little scientific evidence. These include expensive surgical treatments like spinal fusion for back pain, proton-beam accelerators to treat prostate cancer, or aggressive treatments for an 85-year-old patient with advanced heart failure. The prevailing evidence suggests no known medical value for any of these compared with cheaper alternatives. Yet if a hospital builds a $150 million proton accelerator, it will have every incentive to use it as frequently as possible, damn the evidence.


The ACA imposes a 2.3-percent excise tax on the sale of any taxable medical device by the manufacturer or importer of the device starting in 2013. The tax does not apply to eyeglasses, contact lenses, hearing aids, wheelchairs, or any other medical device that the public generally buys at retail for individual use.


It is my hope the medical device tax might raise the cost of new medical devices if they are of little value but I suspect it is to small and does not target large cost items with little proof they work.
Stopping insurance payments unless we have proof they work better than other treatments would be much better and save people money.
But I suspect James as a conservative opposes saving money because the bigger problem is more government regulation/s ( /s ) means Snark if you read this James.

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:03 am 14

there has to be something more then that, I can’t believe anyone is that big a moron

My theory Perris is Charlie Sheen meltdown:)

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:09 am 15

Thad James is famous he discusses healthcare so we discuss healthcare plus as I note he is rumored to be smart very smart. I grant you his views sans facts suggest his wiki entry maybe bogus.
But if you notice in the comments by taking down many of the reasons why James is wrong people here are bringing up important facts about the healthcare discussion.
On Niall Ferguson’s attacks on Krugman this is FDL a post defending those attacks here would be torn to shreds the same way we are attacking James.

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:11 am 16
In response to perris @ 12

Good point its illogical to make a point that contradicts your second point both can’t be true without Magical Thinking.

Matthew Detroit | Friday October 11, 2013 07:14 am 17

A waste of 0s and 1s.

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:17 am 18

The President should probably keep mum about “non-essentials” being furloughed. He could be out of a job.

James think for a bit ok if Obama gave in to a minority in just the House then any minority could later do the same. Do you want the Progressive Caucus to do the same thing threaten to shutdown the government unless we get single payer?
Do you want every President to have a gun to his head to pass stuff that can’t be passed in the House and Senate by a majority vote after it was already made into law?
Blame your own side James for not filibustering in the Senate before this became law.

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:21 am 19
In response to Matthew Detroit @ 17

Really so far we have discussed how bad healthcare is in America where Illegal immigrants without healthcare live longer than Whites who have healthcare.
We have discussed the Government shutdown is a bad idea because then any minority (even Dark People ) can then impose their will on the majority.
These are important points to bring up.
Also Wikipedia I think needs to better vet its James Woods entry I am doubting from the evidence he is so smart because he does not seem to know what he is talking about.

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 07:36 am 20
In response to Thad Stevens @ 9

O My, Im sure you realize (or, maybe) that you do not have to hang out here; no force, no expectation. So, here’s your hat….Don’t let the door….

ThingsComeUndone | Friday October 11, 2013 07:43 am 21
In response to RevBev @ 20

Come on RevBev guys like him when we point out how wrong he is just make Conservatives look bad I suspect when young people come to the Lake they read those comments by them and our replies and thats why young voters are not voting GOP.
I suspect young voters don’t comment here much because they are shy Jane needs to get some demographic numbers on age for young voters who don’t comment and read the Lake I’m sure we have more than we think we do.
After all young voters tend to be less racist and more pro Women and Gay than their parents so we know they did not learn that from their parents.
Their change in views must have a reason with private and home schooling becoming more popular that leaves tv and movies as the only other cause besides us.
I don’t doubt tv and movies play a part but I’m sure we are a factor.

onitgoes | Friday October 11, 2013 07:48 am 22

James Woods? Of HollyWOOD? Well all those Hollywood types are encouraged to get as much attention as possible. There’s no such thing as negative publicity blah blah blah…

Woods appears appears to me to be sounding off with canned rightwing talking points, possibly straight out of Rush Limbaugh’s pie hole (I wouldn’t know, but sure looks that way)… especially the martyred victimizing about how now he may not get work… spare me the fake crcocodile tears, James.

Yeah, he appears to me to be typical know-nothing derf-head who gets attention for going all manly Mau-Mau on Obama, and then he’s all pussy-afraid bc he might suffer some “consequence.”


Actors are entitled to be as political as anyone else and also to sound off & vent senselessly on Twitter and make an ass of themselves, just like the proles.

Thad Stevens | Friday October 11, 2013 08:02 am 23
In response to RevBev @ 20

You are right. If the site that used to carry David Dayen now thinks rallying to defend an awful right wing president against a washed up actor is a good use of electrons, I’m in the wrong location.

perris | Friday October 11, 2013 08:40 am 24
In response to Thad Stevens @ 23

the site that once carried dayden has always been peouslt left of huft, left of kos

if you think we defend obama you haven’t been playing,

however if someone is posting asinine crap we expose it

washunate | Friday October 11, 2013 08:47 am 25
In response to Thad Stevens @ 23

Preach it Thad. 2 front page articles in 12 hours seems excessive for this perspective.

wayoutwest | Friday October 11, 2013 08:48 am 26

I’m not sure what this diary is intended to accomplish, renew support for Obama because James Woods is attacking him?

Celebrity opinions should carry as much weight as say, Pig Farmers opinions do, IMHO.

The Ferguson/Krugman death-match is another faux conflict to keep the twitchy internet viewers from returning to their favorite celebrity twerking video.

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 09:19 am 27
In response to Thad Stevens @ 23

Probably. It also used to have Glenn Smith and Christy, etc. Do things change? Why, yes. No need to rant. This thread was, I think, to show some ridiculous sources of opinion/criticism; there used to be some joke about “we all have one,” etc. Sorry if you are not happy with the site; no need to “get over it.” Just leaving will solve your discontent.

Thad Stevens | Friday October 11, 2013 09:30 am 28
In response to RevBev @ 27

Gosh, Bev, thanks. Without a little condescension and failure to understand what a rant is, you might have gotten my point.

Lisa Derrick | Friday October 11, 2013 09:34 am 29
In response to Thad Stevens @ 9

If a “liberal” celebrity had said these things, I would have reported it. Kinda odd about the rally on the Mall….

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 09:54 am 30
In response to Thad Stevens @ 28

Rant may be in the eye of the beholder. But condescending, that’s pretty obvious. I just seem not to understand why one would find fun in hanging around to criticize…..To each his/her own, said the Old woman, as she kissed the cow. If criticism is your thing, Thad, enjoy. Usually it is merely boring.

Ironcomments | Friday October 11, 2013 10:22 am 31
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 29

Rehashing huffpo articles with snark is not reporting.

Ironcomments | Friday October 11, 2013 10:35 am 32
In response to RevBev @ 30

Criticism is sometimes meant to be constructive so that object of criticism can be improved in some way.

CenterofMass | Friday October 11, 2013 11:01 am 33
In response to RevBev @ 20

Really? Please accept the following observation as well-intentioned, but that sounds like the folks who say “USA! Love it or leave it!”

We admit no critics?

To Thad I simply say: The article is not hardcore, but it is Friday, so we are due for some lighter fare. Also, as others have noted, the article has been a good excuse for useful discussion, so it seems to be a win.

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 11:16 am 34
In response to CenterofMass @ 33

Im not sure it sounds that way, but thanks. I do intend the point, as I see it…..why hang around to criticize? Just seems unpleasant and that one would have a more interesting experience elsewhere. Perhaps I need to change my mind….I do mean a sort of let it go; Thad seems so attached to being the critic with an insistence to get in line, so to speak. May not be saying it well, but thanks for your observation….to see ourselves as others see us, huh?

Shoto | Friday October 11, 2013 11:21 am 35

This piece might be apropos…

Right-wing media complex notwithstanding, how do people actually get this stupid?

Lisa Derrick | Friday October 11, 2013 11:48 am 36
In response to CenterofMass @ 33

Exactly re discussion, thanks. Also I am noticing how my hardline liberal friends and my conservative friends (yes I have them) agree on certain issues. Defining oneself by strict party lines does a disservice to the country–as we have seen since Oct 1.

Lisa Derrick | Friday October 11, 2013 12:01 pm 37
In response to Ironcomments @ 31

I haven’t looked at the HuffPo article. They were my hat tip for the Real Housewines in the previous post (and my post is quite different than theirs), but I use other sources, in this case a phone call from a friend suggesting I take a look at Woods’ twitter feed. Thanks for dropping in!

soylentgreen | Friday October 11, 2013 12:22 pm 38

James Woods, James Woods….help me out here, isn’t he the guy who Peter Griffin keeps tricking on Family Guy?

In the immortal words of Harrison Ford, “Who gives a shit?” about what James Woods has to say?

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 12:43 pm 39
In response to soylentgreen @ 38

See 1 & 3; not in dispute.

radhika | Friday October 11, 2013 12:52 pm 40

James Woods recently had a nifty story arc on Showtime’s ‘Ray Donovan’. He was a mob guy, with scores to settle with another character played by uber-wingnut John Voight.

Both actors did solid work (Voight was amazing, frankly). But I’d love to be a fly-on-the-wall when these two schmoozed about the state of the world between takes.

Ironcomments | Friday October 11, 2013 01:13 pm 41
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 37

It was in yesterday’s edition

Ironcomments | Friday October 11, 2013 01:30 pm 42

The booze article is from the 10/8 edition. Not anything against you or what you are doing. Just saying that what you are posting isn’t reporting. Blogging and opining would be more accurate.

RevBev | Friday October 11, 2013 02:13 pm 43
In response to Ironcomments @ 42

Not against….coulda fooled me. Did you read your comment?

Ironcomments | Friday October 11, 2013 02:34 pm 44
In response to RevBev @ 43

If you choose to interpret my words as derisive or spiteful after I clearly state that is not the intention, then that is solely on you. I hope that your handle is not some reference of you being part of some religious ministry because what I have interpreted from your words thius far is intolerance to people who don’t think like you.

Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate | Friday October 11, 2013 05:50 pm 45
In response to Thad Stevens @ 9

Well, that was inaccurate and unnecessary.

Lisa Derrick | Saturday October 12, 2013 10:57 am 46

I’ve been called worse by better.

RevBev | Saturday October 12, 2013 12:37 pm 47
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 46

Can I ditto that? Thanks for the words….

RevBev | Saturday October 12, 2013 04:23 pm 48
In response to Ironcomments @ 44

Having seen you on the Book Salon, I am now convinced you are not to be taken seriously…thanks for comfirming that so publicly.

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