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Former Supporter Mort Zuckerman Is “Very Disappointed” in Obama: Here’s Why

Aaron Task
Editor in Chief
Daily Ticker

President Obama's popularity has fallen greatly, even among his previous supporters.

The U.S. economy is suffering from a lack of leadership, which starts at the top, according to Mort Zuckerman, Chairman of Boston Properties.

Zuckerman, who endorsed Obama in The Daily News (he's the tabloid's chairman and co-publisher) and worked on his campaign in 2008 is today "very disappointed" and "dismayed" in the President.

In addition to disagreeing with specific policies — most notably the 2009 stimulus package — Zuckerman says the President is "playing politics" with the economy, the very thing the White House claims the GOP is doing.

"We must get out of this political game where you play politics with every issue," he says, chiding President Obama for scolding Congress during his recent speech on jobs and subsequently campaigning in the districts of House Minority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh).

"This is politics to the death," he laments.

Looking ahead to the 2012 campaign, Zuckerman says he's yet to decide on whether to endorse Obama again. "It's too early to tell, we'll see who the alternatives are."

Check the accompanying video to hear Zuckerman's take on the Republican Presidential candidates and hear his surprising choice for favorite GOP "contender".