Jeff Bridges: I Have ‘A Lot Of Faith’ in Obama

By Nicholas Ballasy | June 8, 2011 | 10:30 AM EDT

( – Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jeff Bridges offered his assessment of President Obama’s performance in what he called “the toughest job in the world,” saying he has “a lot of faith” in Obama who is doing “as best he can.”

Bridges, who serves as the national spokesperson for the “No Kid Hungry” campaign, also said that Obama’s goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015 is “unlikely” but “not impossible.” asked Bridges if he still considers President Obama his “champion” for setting the 2015 goal.

“Yeah, I do, that must be the toughest job in the world and I think he’s doing as best he can and I have a lot of faith in him and it’s wonderful that he set that goal for us – to end childhood hunger by 2015,” he told after appearing with Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to launch Virginia’s “No Kid Hungry” campaign on Tuesday at Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington, Virginia.

“A lot of people think, that’s, well that’s kind of unlikely, how are we going to do that? I tend to agree with them – that is kind of unlikely in a way but it’s certainly not impossible.”

Given that a record number people in America – 14 percent – currently rely on the federal government’s food stamp program, Bridges was asked whether or not he thinks the Obama administration has pursued the proper policies.

“It’s a political scene. I think he did such a great job just initiating this idea of ending childhood hunger by 2015 and I’m going with that. I can’t put myself in his position. I don’t know of all the things he’s dealing with,” Bridges responded.

“I’m in total support of his original vision and doing everything I can to carry that on and also doing everything I can to protect these programs that are being threatened now like the food stamp program.”

Jeff Bridges (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

Bridges said it will take a combined effort between the public and private sector to achieve the goal of eliminating childhood hunger in a “political environment” where some claim “the government is your enemy.”


“It’s going to take all of us. It’s going to take the government, the private, public participation. It’s not one thing or the other and I think that’s one of the things we have to move away from,” he said.

“Sometimes I feel in this political environment, where you’ve got the government is your enemy and you’re not going to let the other party look good no matter what, you know, that’s kind of paralyzing us and we can’t afford that, we’ve got to work together. It’s so wonderful to be here in Virginia and be in partnership with Governor McDonnell.”