Geico Spokesman R. Lee Ermey Fired For Criticizing Obama, He Claims

R. Lee Ermey GEICO fired
R. Lee Ermey GEICO fired



Professional tough guy R. Lee Ermey parlayed his time in the Marine Corps into various uniformed roles in "Full Metal Jacket," "Apocalypse Now," and as a drill sergeant-turned-therapist in a popular TV spot for Geico. But in a recent interview with TMZ, Ermey claimed that he was fired from his Geico gig after publicly criticizing President Obama in his trademark trash-talking, chest-pounding style.

"We're having a big problem this year. The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the president's administration probably has a lot to do with that," Ermey announced to the crowd at a videotaped Christmas Toys 4 Tots benefit in 2010. He went on to say that President Barack Obama's White House was "destroying the country" and "driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us...." He advised the American people to "rise up."