With elections so close, it’s a good idea to be clear about who your allies are. When it comes to Obama, his list of Hollywood friends is huge and diverse. In fact, according to a recent interview, Obama and George Clooney are good friends.
It’s no longer news that Barack Obama’s presidential campaign has long enjoyed the financial and public support of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities. In fact, many have thrown Obama fundraisers and praised his policies in interviews. One thing is for sure, having Hollywood’s elite by your side is great support for a politician.
George Clooney is a sort of president himself. Hollywood looks up to him. Just take for instance the fundraiser Clooney put together for Obama. It raised a whooping $15 million and there’s another one scheduled later this month in Geneva.
It sure is great to be friends with the likes of George Clooney and the president is proud of that. In an interview for CBS’ “Entertainment Tonight”, the president revealed George Clooney is a good friend. “George is a low-maintenance guy, as am I” president Barack Obama said of his friend.
Obama told “Entertainment Tonight” he became friends with George Clooney “because of a substantive issue”. “He is a terrific advocate on behalf of the people of Darfur and to the people of Sudan who’ve been brutalized for a long time” said Obama who was working on a connected project during his years as senator.
“And so when I was a senator – this was well before I was president – that was an issue that I was working together on a bipartisan basis” Obama said of the time he met George Clooney. The actor was getting documentaries done in Darfur and Sudan and because he was so well-informed of the issue he “came to testify in Congress”. “And so we got to know each other, and he is a good man, and a good friend” Obama added of George Clooney.
So how are two of the most popular men in the world keeping their friendship tight? Obama said George Clooney is “very protective about not bothering me” and “sensitive to the fact that, you know, that if he’s around a lot, then somehow it’ll be tagged as ‘Obama hanging out with Hollywood stars’”.