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President Obama gets movie pitch turned down, all aspiring screenwriters cry in despair



President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office to board the Marine One helicopter to leave the White House in Washington, DC, on Febraury 23, 2012 en route to Miami, Florida.
President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office to board the Marine One helicopter to leave the White House in Washington, DC, on Febraury 23, 2012 en route to Miami, Florida.
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Bad news for all you aspiring Hollywood screenwriters out there: It apparently doesn't matter how powerful you are, you still can't get your project made. The latest failed auteur? President Obama.

OK, this might be a slight exaggeration, but President Obama got turned down on a movie idea by Harvey Weinstein at the Weinstein Company, based on a book he read.

"The president sent me a book the other day and said 'Why don't you make this a movie?'" Weinstein told the Times of London.

What was it? "I can't tell you. It was a spy novel."

Weinstein replied to the president, telling him that he was "the most overqualified book scout I've ever had." And this is coming from Weinstein, who's a big supporter of Obama and the Democratic Party and has even hosted fundraising events for the president in New York and Los Angeles.

What chance does anyone else have?

(Hat tip: Howard Kurtz)