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27
Sep
14

President Obama And George Clooney: Men Of Character

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Donna

Good Morning TOD

Chips/NW in honor of Mr. Clooney’s wedding today (sigh) I think a thread honoring this beautiful, handsome, charming, intelligent, big time President Obama supporter would be appropriate….

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As you wish, Donna. :)

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NY Mag

George Clooney has never been shy about sharing his thoughts on politics and current events. So yesterday, when we ran into him at a Peggy Siegal lunch for his new space flick Gravity, we asked the liberal-leaning actor for his thoughts about the ongoing government shutdown. He had many — on John Boehner’s grand strategy, on the “idiots” who think we don’t need government, and on Ted Cruz’s reading of Green Eggs and Ham. “People keep talking about how this has to be a great negotiation, but there isn’t any negotiating a law.

We negotiate on all these other topics, but this was put into law, and [Obama] was reelected on it. It was reaffirmed, it was passed through the Supreme Court — it’s a law. You don’t like it? Win an election. That’s how it works. That’s how the country works. But you don’t get to shut down the government because of it. That’s not how it works.” “Shutting down the government is not how you make government work. And anybody who thinks we don’t need it is an idiot.”

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May 11, 2012 – Pete Souza: “After some early morning basketball in Los Angeles, the President talks with the players who included actors Don Cheadle, Tobey Maguire, and George Clooney, along with two of Clooney’s long-time friends. Stacy Keibler is also at right.”

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Vanity Fair

What happens in Vegas . . . doesn’t stay in Vegas when you are George Clooney and get in an argument with a hotel tycoon over President Obama. “There were 9 people at that table. . .So you can ask them. . .Steve likes to go on rants. . .HE called the president an asshole. . . that is a fact. . .I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ . . .At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass. And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”

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Vanity Fair

Steve Wynn and I have met three times, two times for dinner. That is the extent of our knowledge of one another, so I will refrain from trying to categorize him based on the little time we’ve spent together, but I will not let his version of the truth go unchallenged. He now says he didn’t call the president an ‘a——.’ That is false. He bellowed ‘I voted for the a——,’ and then called him the same thing several more times as the dinner came to an abrupt end. Again there were eight people at the table, eight witnesses. I did in turn, call him the same body part, and walked out. Again he can make up whatever story he wants, but these are the facts. He said I drank 16 shots of tequila. I didn’t drink one shot of tequila, not one. We were drinking but it was early and we still had two events to attend.

He said I live in a bubble. More of a bubble than Las Vegas? Honestly? He says I’m ‘molly coddled,’ that I’m surrounded by people who coddle me. I would suggest that Mr. Wynn look to his left and right and find anyone in his sphere that says anything but ‘yes’ to him. Emphatically. I did not attend a private boys’ school, I worked in tobacco fields and in stock rooms, and construction sites. I’ve been broke more of my life than I have been successful, and I understand the meaning of being an employee and how difficult it is to make ends meet. Steve is one of the richest men in the world and he should be congratulated for it, but he needs to take off his red sparkly dinner jacket and roll up his sleeves every once in a while and understand what most of the country is actually dealing with … or at least start with the fact that you can’t make up stories when eight people who are not on your payroll are sitting around you as witnesses.

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Washington Post

Walking through Clooney’s house, Obama glimpsed at the “HOPE” poster from the 2008 campaign by Shepard Fairey and told donors: “People don’t realize that the photograph of me is actually me sitting next to George” at an event when Clooney was advocating on behalf of Darfur. “We struck up a friendship,” Obama said, and then joked, to much laughter: “This is the first time that George Clooney has actually been photo-shopped out of a picture. Never happened before, will never happen again.” Obama said Fairey did a poster for Clooney with both men on the same picture. “Why he said at the bottom ‘Dope and Hope,’ I don’t know.” More laughter. “We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George.

They like me, they love him. And rightfully so. Not only is he an unbelievable actor, but he is one of those rare individuals who is at ease with everybody. He seems to occupy a constant state of grace, and uses his extraordinary talents on behalf of something truly important.” Clooney listened intently to the president throughout, his hands folded as if in prayer and his chin resting on them. And I want to thank Clooney for letting us use his basketball court. This man has been talking smack about his basketball game ever since I’ve known him.”

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At the National Press Club for ‘SAVE DARFUR: Rally to Stop Genocide’, 2006

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Interesting interview. He talks about President Obama at 35:42.

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President Barack Obama jokes with cast members of the movie “The Monuments Men” in the Diplomatic Reception Room, prior to a movie screening in the Family Theater of the White House, Feb. 18, 2014. Standing from left are: Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Damon, Grant Heslov, and George Clooney (Photo by Pete Souza)

26
Sep
14

The President’s Day

President Barack Obama speaks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. The president said that in an interconnected world, outbreaks of deadly viruses like Ebola have the potential to affect every nation.

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Ebola survivor Dr. Melvin Korkor of Liberia at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House

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On This Day: After the first of three presidential debates at the University of Mississippi, 2008

On This Day: President Obama & the First Lady Michelle at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner, 2009.

25
Sep
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day – Pete Souza: “On a Saturday, the President listens during a conference call in the Situation Room on the Middle East negotiations. Sept. 25, 2010

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Today (all times Eastern)

9:35: The President holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia

11:0: The President delivers remarks at a UN meeting on the Ebola epidemic

12:25: The President holds a bilateral meeting with President Abdel Fattah el-SiSi of the Arab Republic of Egypt

2:15: The President and the First Lady depart New York en route Andrews Air Force Base
John F. Kennedy International Airport

3:10: The President and the First Lady arrive at Andrews Air Force Base

3:25: The President and the First Lady arrive at the White House
South Lawn

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Friday: The President will deliver remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House.

Saturday: The President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

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From Yesterday:

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In Case You Missed The First Lady Yesterday:

Forward to 1:34:00 for the introduction

Text of remarks here

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 Morning again everyone.

24
Sep
14

Rise and Shine

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama greets young performers with the Dance Theatre of Harlem prior to the United Nations General Assembly spouses tour and luncheon at the Harlem Studio Museum in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:0: President Obama addresses the UN General Assembly

10:50: Holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq, UN Building

12:40: Meets with Sam Kutesa, President of the United Nations General Assembly

12:55: Meets with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

1:15: Attends a luncheon hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

3:0: Chairs United Nations Security Council summit on foreign terrorist fighters

5:15: Attends a meeting of the Open Government Partnership

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The Week Ahead

Thursday: In the morning, the President will deliver remarks at a UN meeting on the Ebola epidemic. In the afternoon, the President and First Lady will return to Washington DC.

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Friday: The President will deliver remarks at the Global Health Security Agenda Summit at the White House.

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Saturday: The President will deliver remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

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On This Day

On This Day: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wait to greet arrivals for the G20 dinner on Sept. 24 in Pittsburgh, Penn.

President Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown talk following the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and his wife, Carla Bruni Sarkozy, prior to the summit dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama receive Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and his wife, Azeb Mesfina, prior to the summit dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Greeting Slimey Berlusconi …. the President’s face still cracks me up

President Obama talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Mexican President Felipe Calderon during a G-20 leaders working dinner at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Penn., Sept. 24, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama meets with advisors prior to a bilateral meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón of Colombia at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

Prior to a luncheon, First Lady Michelle Obama and the spouses of United Nations General Assembly leaders tour the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture with Dan Barber, co-owner and executive chef of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., Sept. 24, 2010 (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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First Lady Michelle Obama participates in the National Day of Play on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. Sept. 24, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

First Lady Michelle Obama plays table tennis with members of the band Big Time Rush in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House during a taping for NIckelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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First Lady Michelle Obama with Valerie Trierweiler, partner of French President Francois Hollande, during a luncheon for first ladies at the Studio Museum in Harlem September 24, 2013

The President and former President Bill Clinton are bathed in blue light as they talk backstage prior to participating in the Clinton Global Initiative Healthcare Forum in New York City. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, waits to introduce them.” Sept. 24, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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23
Sep
14

The President and First Lady’s Day

The President and First Lady leaving the White House this morning

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@dougmillsnyt: President Obama walks from the Oval Office to make a statement about the Syria airstrikes

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President Obama makes a statement on recent U.S. and allied airstrikes against ISIS in Syria

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart the White House to New York for the United Nations General Assembly

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet people after arriving at JFK International Airport

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@BarackObama: Retweet if you agree. #ActOnClimate

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama addresses the Climate Summit at the United Nations General Assembly

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President Obama is greeted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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@petesouza: Presidents Obama and Clinton backstage at the Clinton Global Initiative

President Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

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Text of the President’s remarks here

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President Obama and senior advisers meet with representatives from the five Arab countries plus Iraq who have participated in air strikes against ISIS in Syria in New York City

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