‘Monk’ Star: Public Expected Too Much from Obama

September 6, 2012 - 5:11 AM

Charlotte (CNSNews.com) – Too much was expected of President Barack Obama by his supporters in 2008, said actor Tony Shalhoub, the star of the USA Network show “Monk."

“I think some people have expressed some disappointment, but I believe he has a lot of support there,” Shalhoub told CNSNews.com. “I think people are wanting and willing to give him another four years, and a lot of his policies are long-term plays. And I think a lot of people lost sight of the fact that four years ago, when he was campaigning and when he was elected, his campaign promises and everything that he was talking about, he even said he wasn’t going to be able to do it by himself and that it was going to take all of us stepping forward, volunteering, doing our part.”

Shalhoub said it can be a problem to pin too many hopes on a single candidate.

“I think we get into trouble when we expect that one person or one entity is going to make a big difference and change when a lot of us are unwilling to get in there and get our hands dirty and do some work ourselves,” he said.

Shaloub was at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of the Creative Coalition, which lobbies for more funding for the arts.