Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, November 15, 2013
Actor Matt Damon has decided to take on a new target in his crusade to improve the American education system – the Bushes.
The “Bourne” actor poked fun at one of the nation’s most powerful political dynasties in a recent interview with CNN‘s Jake Tapper, joking that he would “eat my shoe” if a member of the family who attended public school came forth.
“Although I’d eat my shoe if he could name a Bush that ever even walked into a public school, but that’s another story,” Damon said. “Maybe I will. Billy Bush, maybe he’ll call me up, ‘Man, I went to public school.’”
(Perhaps Damon forgot about former First Lady Laura Bush, who not only attended public school as a child but was a librarian at an Austin, Texas elementary school early in her career.)
Damon was speaking with Tapper about the American public educational system, an issue that the “Good Will Hunting” actor is passionate about. Damon spoke at the 2011 “Save our Schools” rally in Washington, D.C., where he even challenged a reporter who questioned a teacher’s incentive to put work in on the job.
Last August, potential 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush called out “The Talented Mr. Ripley” actor for sending his kids to private school and for his position on school choice. According to The Washington Post, the former Florida governor sent both of his sons to private school.
Damon told Tapper that he and his wife, Luciana Barroso, enroll their children in private school because “it’s the closest thing to the public school” available to them.
“The private school that I send my kids to is the thing closest to the public school that I went to that I could find. And that’s why I send my kids to private school,” he said. ”I wish I didn’t have to, it’s expensive, and I also want my kids to be part of their local community, and not have to commute to somewhere else to go to school.”
Watch Damon’s interview with Tapper below.