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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)


132 Responses to “President Obama And George Clooney: Men Of Character”


  1. 1 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    1st for Clooney & PBO 🙂

  2. 8 GGail
    September 27, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Congrats HF!

    Now I will go look at the pics

  3. 10 Nena20409
    September 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    What a beautiful Gesture, Nerdy Wonka. Excellent Post.
    Thank you.

    Wishing Clooney and his Bride a wonderful married life.
    Wonderful World, Beautiful People.
    ❤ it!

    Gold ⭐ for HF2.

    I am glad to hear about The Clinton Mezenski(sp) baby……The Media goes Goo Goo Gaga. This one time…..they Media is over doing much more than they did with GW and Laura Bush's grandchild.

    BBL

  4. 14 vcprezofan2
    September 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I knew it was Ms NerdyW! 😀

    Thanks

  5. September 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    And a collective wail goes up from the world’s women.

    Morning all.

  6. 19 desertflower
    September 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    NERDY!! You made my day. Nothing, but nothing, can go wrong for me now:) I have to tutor, then I will stop by Starbucks for some “Nectar of the Gods” then I will plant myself right back here and savor all the goodness that is Mr. Clooney:) Add PBO to the mix, and I can barely breathe. Thank you for taking my breath away!!

  7. September 27, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    An hour ago, reports began to circulate that the US embassy in Sana’a, Yemen attacked by AQ – rockets.

    Waiting for official confirmation, and this is the first bit I’ve been able to find ….

  8. 27 jacquelineoboomer
    September 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Love this!

  9. 28 GGail
    September 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    NW, you did a very good job in capturing two great men and their friendship – thanks!

  10. 30 donna dem 4 obama
    September 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Be still my beating heart!!!!!

  11. September 27, 2014 at 1:53 pm

  12. 46 Judith Fardig
    September 27, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    NW and Donna – everything to love about this post!

  13. 48 GGail
    September 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Piers Morgan was horrible – I am glad I didn’t waste my precious brain cells watching him

  14. 52 donna dem 4 obama
    September 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    This post might just be more swag from these two gentlemen than I can handle!!!

    THANK YOU NW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. September 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    All right, CPAP is set for Oct. 10. The Era of Good Sleep shall then commence.

  16. 56 JER
    September 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm

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  18. September 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    This weekend is my weekend of doing bupkis. Missus will be working both nights, and I shall be maxing and relaxing, as we used to say back in the day.

  19. 74 JER
    September 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

  20. September 27, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Happy Weekend TOD; ……Auburn kickoff T-minus 95min…..

    In honor of the Ryder Cup……which the U.S. is getting crushed in…silver lining?

    an ode to Michelle Bachmann 🙂

    Sometime in early 2013, one of the delivery operations engineers at Tesla leaned back in his chair and took a look around the Silicon Valley office. “It was a sunny day, and I looked up and I thought, ‘Why are these lights on with full power, when full sunlight is coming through the window?’” says Neil Joseph. An online search for a better, responsive bulb only yielded a few expensive commercial products. That October, Joseph (who says even as a kid, his two fascinations were lights and cars) left Tesla to start his own lighting company.The company is Stack, and its first product is Alba (alba is Italian for ‘sunrise’). The Alba bulbs are designed to work autonomously, both by adjusting light output based on sunlight and by learning and adapting to its owners’ household habits….continued

  21. 90 sjterrid
    September 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you, Nerdy & Donna!

  22. 92 JER
    September 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

  23. September 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I guess as a fellow BT I must contribute to this post in some way? …..this is all I got ladies 🙂

  24. 96 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    O’Malley doing his thing quietly under the radar…

  25. 102 jackiegrumbacher
    September 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Was up before dawn today to get everything ready to set up the Democratic booth at our local street fair. That meant packing the car and hitting the streets early to set up canopy, tables, flags, balloons,voter registration forms and lots of campaign materials for governor, US House and state house candidates. Each year, I find a depressingly large number of women who are intimidated by voting, lack confidence in their ability to make judgments and refuse to register. Sometimes I want to scream in frustration when some women react in fright when I talk about the importance of voting. I don’t know how we’re going to overcome this fear, but it’s a sad gap in our educational system that produces people who are too frightened to act as citizens. It’s far more intimidating to apply for a job, get a driver’s license or go to the dentist, than it is to vote, but many women would rather do any of these than simply register and vote.

    • September 27, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Very grateful to you, Jackie, for striving to have women realize how much real harm they do to themselves and other women (and children and men) by not voting.

      • 104 jackiegrumbacher
        September 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

        Bob, I sometimes want to sit down and cry. I asked a young couple to register and finally the young man agreed, but the women skittered off in flight. I handed the guy a blank form and asked him to urge her to register now that he made the first step. He said he would try.

        • September 27, 2014 at 3:24 pm

          Well, at least you got him to register and to try to have his wife do so, Jackie. What amazes me is that women – from Afghanistan to Libya to …. – literally risk death to vote, and yet they willingly stand in line for hours to do so.

          • 106 jackiegrumbacher
            September 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm

            Bob, because American society still maintains a certain level of normalcy with plentiful consumer goods and mind numbing programming on tv, ill-informed and incurious American women can convince themselves that things aren’t so bad. Those who face true deprivation, loss of freedom and fear of retribution are often forced to wake and and appreciate how precious the role of citizen really is.

    • 107 Judith Fardig
      September 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Wow, Jackie, that is discouraging, but don’t let it get you down. We have to keep trying to empower women (and men) of all colors who do not yet see that they can wield the power of the ballot.

  26. September 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    The relevant law, in this case, is absolutely crystal clear:
    http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2387

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      September 27, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Needless to say, if ANY Democrat had committed such a treasonous act under a Republican President, there would be calls for that person’s arrest. Come on Congressional Democrats–call this creep out for his blatant attempt to aid and abet the enemies of the US in a time of conflict.

    • 110 jacquelineoboomer
      September 27, 2014 at 3:10 pm

      I think – as the article predicted – this traitor is just flapping his gums. But if he did talk with any flag officers and they didn’t either hang up, walk away, or walk out of a meeting with him – en masse – and/or report it to the Secretary of Defense, he just put them in jeopardy. I don’t think it’s a stretch saying those flag officers could be fired for “lack of confidence.” This is their Commander in Chief, although the traitor has no clue what that means.

    • September 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

      Jackie and Jacqueline, I agree with your comments.

      Want to just highlight a fact – any form of communication with an active duty service person that involves, in any way, encouraging them to avoid or not perform their duties is a crime irrespective of how effective one is in — “advising, counseling, urging, or in any manner causeing or attempting to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty.”

      Lanborn should be investigated, immediately, if such investigation is not already underway.

      • 112 jackiegrumbacher
        September 27, 2014 at 3:27 pm

        Well, I’m not a lawyer, but this seems crystal clear to me. Advising insubordination to the CIC by a senior officer seems to fit very nicely under this statue. When guys like this don’t get called out, they get more and more outrageous and disrespectful. As a US Congressman, he can’t be allowed to simply flap his gums in a way that undermines the law and jeopardizes a vital military action.

      • 113 jacquelineoboomer
        September 27, 2014 at 3:30 pm

        Thanks for the words to go with my intuition, Bob. This is a serious matter. This guy will deny everything, if he’s investigated. He’ll be the first to admit he was blowing smoke for political gain, whether he actually committed the crime or not. He needs to be off the committee, while the investigation is underway, for the same lack of confidence ANY of the armed services should now have in him (not that he earned any before this).

      • September 27, 2014 at 6:09 pm

        Totally agree with your respective comments, Jackie and Jacqueline.

        If he had 1 conversation with one active duty service personnel, he violated Federal Law and one of the most serious of our laws.

  27. 115 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    PBO will be speaking tonight at the CBC with specific focus on MBK program. Something tells me that the usual emo-Blackademics have already penned their think pieces – hoping to get an invite to the MHP show tomorrow or Chris Hayes show during the week….

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  29. 120 MadameSoph
    September 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Nerdy! Oh, Thank you! Thank you! for these gorgeous pics of these gorgeous men – our fine President and the always a joy to behold George Clooney (and men of character too!? That just makes them even more fine!) I think the photo of the two of them at the Save Darfur event is especially yummy!

    I have a crazy-busy work schedule these days and looking at this post is, well, it’s like a mini spa day! You Rock!

  30. 122 hopefruit2
    September 27, 2014 at 2:53 pm

  31. 128 sherijr
    September 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Wow my two favorite men (after my sons of course 🙂 thank YOU Chips.. and Donna !

  32. 129 jacquelineoboomer
    September 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    Valerie Jarrett remains one class act.

  33. 131 HZ
    September 28, 2014 at 2:58 am

    Just getting to computer for the day, and oh, what a lovely day. Thanks so much Nerdy W.., for this lovely post. Two beautiful souls meeting on this journey and now we have witnessed the beautiful gift for Mr. Clooney. May joy, and lots of beautiful moments continued to fill the lives of Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney as they commence their marriage.

    Wonderful throughout. What a lovely and thoughtful gift from the TOD family.HZ


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