In an interview with Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, which was reported in a story published today, actor Tom Hanks said that with the election of Donald Trump this is “not the first time we’ve had a knot-headed president of the United States.”
Hanks did not specifically cite any other presidents he believed were “knot-headed.” However, Hanks accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2016. Earlier this year, Hanks vacationed in Tahiti with Barack and Michelle Obama on David Geffen’s yacht. Also onboard were Bruce Springsteen and Oprah Winfrey.
Here is the excerpt from Dowd’s New York Times story where Hanks talks about the “knot-headed president:”
“At a tribute to his career last November at the Museum of Modern Art, Mr. Hanks gave a soothing Sully Sullenberger-like speech about the election, with the theme ‘We are going to be all right.’ I ask him if he is sure.
“He replies that, except for some bone-headed amendments to the Constitution like prohibition — ‘that was so friggin’ stupid, completely contrary to human behavior’ — America always course-corrects.
“‘It’s not the first time we’ve had a knot-headed president of the United States,’ he says. ‘We have always corrected something that’s horrible. World War II was fought by a segregated United States of America, except for a few military units. And immediately after that, it altered. But you have to go through things that will alter the consciousness. And normalcy is always being redefined and you just have to have faith and you have to have some degree of patience and you do have to put up with, every now and again, let’s face it, Nazi torch parades surrounding a phantom issue of a statue that was put up in the 1920s.’”