Sean Penn has long mixed politics and show business, and Friday night, he urged President Obama to do the same.
"I would love to see Barack Obama be Bulworth," he told Piers Morgan on CNN, referring to the Warren Beatty film about a senator who starts speaking truth to power during the run up to an election. "I'd love to see what I've always wanted to see, somebody run as a one-term president and show me that people aren't stupid. They do care about each other. And when he does the right things and takes on the controversies, he's going to win the next election."
Penn got more dramatic from there, outlining a problem for Obama far beyond anything economic: the Tea Party.
"You have what I call the 'get the N-word out of the White House' party, the Tea Party, this kind of sensibility, which is much more of a distraction," he said. "At the end of the day, there's a big bubble coming out of their head saying, 'You know, can we just lynch him?'"
Penn also spoke about his recent visits to the Middle East (the people there are inspiring in their revolutions and loved the movie "Milk"), his efforts in Haiti (donations are worthwhile, despite funding difficulties) and his movie career (he prefers directing to acting).
To read the entire transcript, click over to CNN.
Watch a clip of Sean Penn on Piers Morgan: