President Obama said actor George Clooney is a “wonderful guy” in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that will air Monday.
“The truth is we got to know each other because of a substantive issue,” Obama said. “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. 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, and George, who had traveled there, done documentaries there, and was very well-informed, came to testify in Congress. And so we got to know each other, and he is a good man, and a good friend.”
In the interview, wife Michelle Obama joked that she believes it’s a “conspiracy” that she’s never around when Clooney comes to town.
“Michelle is always frustrated because a lot of the events that George has been involved in, for some reason, she has something else going on,” Barack said.
In May, Clooney proved his friendship to Obama by hosting a $15 million fundraiser for him at his Los Angeles home. Clooney is also set to host another Obama fundraiser in Switzerland in late August, with tickets starting at $1,000 per attendee.