Ben Affleck has mixed feelings about President Barack Obama, and so does his wife.
“My feelings are complicated as well, but I look forward to seeing what he does in the next four years,” Jennifer Garner told POLITICO on Wednesday, echoing a comment her husband made last week. Despite the lukewarm review, Garner stressed that she’s “an Obama supporter” who wants to see him reelected.
In town as an artist ambassador for Save the Children, the actress joined former Sen. Chris Dodd and Sen. Bob Casey in addressing a new report on the overall well-being of children in the U.S. The report gave the country a below average grade of C minus.
“This report card shows that we, the wealthiest nation in the world, are not fulfilling our obligation to the future,” she said in her remarks. “There’s so much work that is needed.”
Garner also shared a letter written by her 6-year-old daughter, Violet, and spoke about seeing poverty firsthand in her home state of West Virginia.
“We’re in trouble,” she said after the event, noting that one in four children in the U.S. lives in poverty. “…That’s an emergency.”
Asked how Obama has done on this particular issue, Garner said that “he’s off to a good start.”
But the “Butter” star wants to hear more — both from Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney — on how they’d help disadvantaged kids.
“There was not one question about the state of children living in poverty in the United States” asked in the first presidential debate, she said. “…You would think that would be at the front of the conversation, not something that’s buried so deeply that it’s never even talked about.”