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He is the kind of ally any president could use in an election year: a Hollywood star able to donate both a dash of glamour and much-needed millions in campaign contributions.
But Barack Obama has insisted that his relationship with George Clooney runs deeper than politics, describing the Oscar-winner as “a good man and a good friend” who works tirelessly on humanitarian issues. Michelle Obama was more succinct: “He’s cute, too”.
Clooney has proved the most loyal member of the Obamas’ Hollywood fan club, remaining an ardent supporter of the President even as other stars, like Matt Damon, have become disenchanted. In May, he hosted a $15 million (£9.5 million) fund-raiser for the campaign at his Los Angeles home and is due to attend another in Switzerland next week.
But Mr Obama insisted that Mr Clooney never overstepped the limits of their friendship, saying he was “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,’ and that’s not who he is.”.
However, Mr Obama conceded that the actor’s presence could prove a distraction for the men and women of the West Wing. “I will say that the couple of times he’s come to the White House, I notice that the staff suddenly is circling around my office. They’ve got memos they need to make sure I see right away.”
Mrs Obama joked that there was “a conspiracy” that meant she was always scheduled to be away from the White House during Mr Clooney’s visits.