- The Washington Times - Monday, August 24, 2015

“The Hateful Eight” director Quentin Tarantino gave a rave review of President Obama in a recent sit-down with Vulture, declaring the Democratic president as “hands down” his favorite.

“I think he’s fantastic,” the famed director, 52, said in an interview published Sunday. “He’s my favorite president, hands down, of my lifetime.

“He’s been awesome this past year. Especially the rapid, one-after-another-after-another-after-another aspect of it,” Mr. Tarantino continued. “It’s almost like take no prisoners. His he-doesn’t-give-a-[expletive] attitude has just been so cool. Everyone always talks about these lame-duck presidents. I’ve never seen anybody end with this kind of ending. All the people who supported him along the way that questioned this or that and the other? All of their questions are being answered now.”

Mr. Tarantino explained that his newest film, a post-Civil War western starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kurt Russell, is about the “country being torn apart” by war, “and the racial aftermath, six, seven, eight, 10 years later.”

He said he is “very excited” that the movie will have a contemporary feel because of the recent racial unrest in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.

“Finally, the issue of white supremacy is being talked about and dealt with. And it’s what the movie’s about,” Mr. Tarantino told Vulture. “I love the fact that people are talking and dealing with the institutional racism that has existed in this country and been ignored. I feel like it’s another ‘60s moment, where the people themselves had to expose how ugly they were before things could change. I’m hopeful that that’s happening now.”

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