George Clooney Meets With Obama on South Sudan
Actor George Clooney met with President Obama on Thursday to discuss the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, where residents are taking refuge in the Nuba Mountains because of aerial bombardments. After his meeting with the President, Clooney spoke to reporters outside of the White House. John Prendergast, (pictured to the left) co-founder of the Enough Project also accompanied Clooney.
March 15th, 2012
06:21 PM ET

George Clooney Meets With Obama on South Sudan

Movie star George Clooney took his message about the ongoing crisis in South Sudan to the Oval Office on Thursday, sharing his concerns during a private meeting with President Obama. As part of his effort, Clooney testified before Congress on Wednesday and was invited to sit next to First Lady Michelle Obama at the State Dinner for Prime Minister David Cameron.

Speaking to reporters outside the White House following his meeting with the president, Clooney and co-founder of the Enough Project John Prendergast praised the president for his “sustained commitment” on a “very high level,” and said the moment is right for a renewed focus on South Sudan.

“There is a great interest in working with China, not in any adversarial relationship, but actually working together for their own economic interests since China is losing a considerable amount of money in oil revenue right now,” Clooney said. “So there seem to be a unique moment and a unique time to be able to act on some of that.”

Asked about the popularity of a recent video about the humanitarian crisis in Uganda and the warlord Joseph Kony, both Prendergast and Clooney said that an increased awareness of problems in Africa can help their cause.

“The administration has now sent troops to Central Africa, and the good news is is that this video demonstrates just a lot of latent support in the United States – particularly amongst young people – to bring an end to that crisis,” Prendergast said. “Indirectly – and we said it to [the president] today – that we really support the, the effort to try to use those troops that the American government has sent to help bring an end to this terrible scourge. And the video just helps give political support to the strategy.”

Clooney acknowledged that keeping Sudan on the public’s radar is difficult, especially during what he called a particularly “complicated time in the world.”

“It doesn't mean that this has to fall completely off of the chart,” he said. “And so, our job is to find periods of time when it is most crucial to talk about it, when there's something that we may be able to do to bring attention at a crucial moment and try to keep that in the public eye. You can't have it be there all the time.”

The current focus on rising gasoline prices is one such moment, he said, pointing to North Sudan’s recent decision to bomb a Chinese oil well and the impact that has had on global supply.

“China who gets six percent of its oil imported from the Sudan, suddenly this affects their economy,” Clooney said. “It affects our economy in terms of oil because if China isn't getting six percent of oil from the Sudan, they're back on the market with us, which raises the price of gas for us. So for a moment, there is a moment that we can appeal to China.”

A consistent supporter of the president, Clooney contributed $35,800 – the maximum allowed under federal election law – to the president’s reelection in April of 2011. So it came as no surprised that when he was asked his feelings about the 2012 campaign, Clooney reiterated his hope that the president would be reelected.

“I'm a Democrat and I'm a supporter of the president, so I hope he has a very good – I hope he has a successful election,” he said.

Topics: President Obama • Sudan

soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Sponge-Bob


    March 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      @joey Go ahead and yawn, but then quit complaining about the current price of gasoline...because the Sudan and our current gasoline prices are all a part of the same issue.

      March 17, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  2. ThinkAgain

    And of course folks on the right will slam Clooney's efforts, because he's "Hollywood." Funny how they cheer when Jeff Foxworthy, Chuck Norris or Ted Nugent lend their support to their candidate, they think they're just being "real Americans."

    March 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      We are real Americans, cross dresser.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        OMG! Here we go again!! Father forgive this fool for he knows not what he does nor says. Honestly, I really thought he was gone on a permanent vacation!! My goodness! 'Real Americans'?? Huh? The only thing 'real' about Gaylon Barrow is his 'Real White Sheet and Hood'!

        March 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
      • Trace

        This is the best you can do ? High School name calling on an issue involving the deaths of innocent women and children in a 3rd world nation. And the GOP/Tea Potties think we need to cut education(?) bad idea when we have the likes of village idiots roaming around amoungst us...posting on computers no less.

        March 16, 2012 at 1:49 am |
      • Bill

        No, you're not. You love America only for what it can do for you, and do everything you can to do nothing back. If the modern version of conservatives were alive during the American Revolution, you would have all been hanged. Unfortunately, we've evolved in terms of punishment. Now you just get a bunch of lousy AM radio stations and trailer parks to fester in.

        March 16, 2012 at 9:20 am |
      • jean2009

        Conservatives like Gaylon were alive in 1776, they were called Loyalist they got on the boat and went back to the Fatherland to King George. Some went to Canada, some to Bermuda and the British West Indies.

        March 17, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
      • Howard


        March 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        You wouldn't know how it is if life depended on it.

        March 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm |
    • Name*Liz Carter is funny.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        You not. In fact your a dumb rear.

        March 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
      • Name*Liz Carter

        I wasn't even talking to you anyway! Check the started in on me...but to my Heavenly Father I ask HIS forgiveness, but I can go there! So that leaves you to be what Gaylon? A funny dumb what? Oh I know, a nasty racist a$$! You old ARYAN!!

        March 15, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Gaylon, add "paranoid" to your list of attributes. I never said Foxworthy, Norris and Nugent WEREN'T "real Americans;" I said you types think that anyone disagrees with you is NOT a "real American."

      P.S. I find it amusing how you think calling someone a "cross-dresser" is an insult ... like you can tell anything about my gender from my screen name! Honestly, I think I'm getting the vapors!

      March 16, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      Agreed. I grew up in Detroit, played guitar and was a Ted Nugent fan for years, but no more. He is a racist and a loser, just like Chucky Norris who wants to overthrow the government with a brainless militia and a truck full of martial arts fighters. Kid Rock has lost his mind too when he agreed to play for and support Willard Romney.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:10 am |
    • Scott Severin

      Save your breath for your inflatable date.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Maura

      Your wrong, Iam very much on the right and I applaud what George Clooney and others are trying to do regarding Sudan and the slaughter that has been systematically taking place for about 20+ years. What no one has said recently is that is has been an ethnic cleansing( how can you call slaughter cleansing) Muslims killing Christians, raping , murdering, destoying entire villages of what were peaceful farmers that were running small businesses supporting their families and contributing to their villages. No one stood up against these atrocities and there have been hundreds of thousands killed. A genocide. The sad thing is I don't think anyone will actually do anything to stop this killing except make movies and march around making noise. I pray God that more will be done.

      March 26, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Sponge-Bob: Do you know anything about what's happening in the Sudan? I suggest you go there and help out in person; perhaps that will relieve you of your boredom (and teach you some compassion).

    March 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      What for. We got more cotton and peach pickers here who need education and being forced to work so they can get of the gimme, gimme, Then set on the porch sipping wine and smoking wine until their next welfare check comes in.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        Honey, I think you need to lay off the wine smoking, because you're beginning to ramble ...

        March 16, 2012 at 1:13 am |
    • W J FOLLIN

      Why don't you phoney LIBERALS do something for the poor kids in the USA.But then you might not get invited to one of Obamas parties at the White House.In all the history of the White House there has never been more dope addicts,obscene,un-american scum,radicals and yes communists pass through the doors greeted by the DICTATOR and QUEEN!!!

      March 19, 2012 at 8:12 am |
  4. Bill in STL

    I am sure that George know more than Obama....

    March 15, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      He go to know more than Obemma. H e l l f i r e my dog know more than Obemma.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
      • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

        Your dog knows more than you too. You probably own a pampered poodle with a pink bow in its fur. I hope you step in a pile of shit, slip and fall and break your scrawny little neck. Are you from one of those inbred- red-neck states that require travelers to obtain shots and a passport to enter?

        March 16, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  5. Ed

    Clooney is so qualified to do this.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
  6. Ed

    This will guarantee the Hollywood vote for _bama.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      Yep! Most all h o mo s e x u a l s will. After all Obama is one of them.

      March 15, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
      • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

        Are you aware that your name begins with Gay? Don't be ashamed that your mother is a lesbian and you have two fathers who sleep together resulting in one F'd up retard like you.

        March 16, 2012 at 11:19 am |
  7. Gaylon Barrow

    GOOD! I bet he enjoyed the scent. He is turning into one also. A t u r that is.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  8. Gaylon Barrow

    George Clooney is a fool. He is so misguided. But then you don't work in Hollywood unless your on the g a y side.

    March 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      On the "gay side" like Charleton Heston, John Wayne, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Tom Selleck, Pat Boone, Drew Carey, Charlie Daniels, Jeff Foxworthy, Patricia Heaton, Dennis Miller, Wayne Newton, and of course, Ronald Reagan.

      (Hint: The fastest way to blow holes in your logic is to do a quick Internet search.)

      March 16, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      Hey GAYLORD, or whatever the F your name is, do you watch movies or TV? If you answer "Yes" then you are a fan of Hollywood. What a moron you are. Please feel free to remove the bucket from off your head that is covering up your eyes and then walk directly into the path of an oncoming freight train filled with Hollywood videos destined for the local WAR-Mart store where your Tri-Polar family shops for milk, cheap videos and DVD players made in China.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  9. norma jean.

    Considering that most of you not only know anything about the Sudan and even less about George Clooney....why don't you just shut up.!!!!! . Like him or not this young man and his family have been involved for years in things that YOU have never heard about. Yes, he is an actor but that doesn't make him as dull and uninformed as some of you. May be if you read a book or two and possibly really learned just what is going on outside of your electronic toys or the sports channels ,,you wouldn't be so quick to rant about something you know nothing about!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm |
    • Debby

      Ugh if this tinsel town dummy wants to do a good deed let him start here in our own country then go on to Sudan and others.

      March 16, 2012 at 8:44 am |
    • jean2009

      @norma jean

      The problem is: Gayland probably doesn't read past the 3rd grade level. It is likely he can't name all 50 of the United States let alone know that Africa is not one big unified country (remember Palin thought Africa was a country, not a continent). He doesn't know that North and South Sudan are countries in Africa.

      It is asking too much for Gayland to know that there is a North and South Sudan, or that their 50 year war is over religion, ethnic differences, oil and cattle range ....or rather who has the refineries and pipelines (North Sudan) and who has the actual oil fields (South Sudan). The north is predominately Islamic and has the refineries and the pipeline, the south has the oil fields and has a higher percentage of Christian population which the north is trying to kill off, enslave, or not allow to separate from the north.

      Gayland doesn't even understand that part of the current hike in our own gasoline prices is due to the violence in the Sudan.

      Frankly, Gayland can't get past his own allegiance to the KKK, and his racist red-neck bigotry against President Obama to learn more. He just spouts off with brain disengaged.

      Kudos to George Clooney, Nick, and all the others who protested.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  10. norma jean.

    GAYLON BARROW...........Why don't you look in a mirror....... As they say ,,,,,it takes one to know one!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  11. salliemae

    Obama likes to cuddle up with Hollywood. He made one of his crushes, Kumar, from the white castle movies, a special job in the wh!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      Hey Salmonella, or whatever your dumb name is, you are just like GAYLORD, or whatever the F his name is, do you watch movies or TV? If you answer "Yes" then you are a fan of Hollywood. What a moron you are. Please feel free to remove the bucket from off your head that is covering up your eyes and then walk directly into the path of an oncoming freight train filled with Hollywood videos destined for the local WAR-Mart store where your Tri-Polar family shops for milk, cheap videos and DVD players made in China.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am |
  12. Dumb & Dumber

    The meeting was called Dumb & Dumber ! How many people are slaughtered annually by Obama ,the Democrats , the U.N. , yes the FAR LEFT each year ? The only interest of third world poverty and genocides to the far left and Hollywood jerkoffs like Clooney are photo ops so they ccan feel good about themselves. Nice job Liberals remember Rwanda ?

    March 16, 2012 at 1:02 am |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      You are dumber than dumb. How much has the GOP helped Americans! ZERO! Jarge Bush lied and that led to over 4,000 Americans needlessly dying in I-Wreck and TrashCanistan. The GOP wants to die trying to protect the rich. Are you rich or just plain StOoPiD? At least Clooney is a Good Samaritan and not like your mother, Willard Romney, who brags about hanging out with NASCAR Team owners and Football team owners who are billionaires! You are a Factless Fox News Wanker with Tri-Polar Disorder. Go lick the rim of the toilet where Rush Limbaugh plops his fat, lazy lard ass down every day and then masturbate to a picture of Ann Coulter, the Bitch Queen of the RepubicCunts.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  13. Fed Up

    Hey about helping those in need at home first?

    March 16, 2012 at 1:07 am |
    • J

      How do you know he doesn't? Just because he is drawing attention to a humanitarian crisis in another country does not mean that he doesn't support more than one charity, with some of those charities being in the United States.

      March 16, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • jean2009

      The direct results of his action would help bring down our cost for gasoline at the pump.

      March 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  14. Nunya

    No one cares...

    March 16, 2012 at 2:56 am |
  15. Debby

    Looney Clooney, has to be in the spotlight all the time since he is an awful actor. Why isn't asking help for his own country and all the homeless and poor we have right here.

    March 16, 2012 at 8:42 am |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      Clooney is bringing due attention to a crisis. That's what makes America great. We try to help other nations often when they hate us. America is a selfless nation (or at least was before the RepubicCunts tried to plunge the world into another Great Depression).

      March 16, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • jean2009

      Well Debby...if George Clooney can get results and action about the mess in the Sudan by protesting....which would result in the Chinese being able to go back to buying 6% of their oil from the Sudan, instead of being in competition with us on the global market for oil. The results of which would make our cost and price for gasoline go down...will you thank Mr. Clooney for cheaper gasoline, and his doing what everyone of us should be doing?

      March 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  16. Truthfully

    It is Christians and Animists in Sout Sudan who are being targeted by Mus lims in North Sudan. Now, let's see how willing President Barack Hussein Obama is willing to intervene.

    March 16, 2012 at 9:15 am |
  17. Truthfully

    Correction: South

    March 16, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  18. SaintM

    I think Clooney's interest is fake, but he has to "act" otherwise his UN ambassador designation will be revoked. I'd rather see all these underworked and overpaid hollywood types empty their pockets for Americans here at home, whose money allows people like Clooney to live a rich life. Unless you help here at home, then stop with the photo ops with the president. Nothing buy hollywood pandering if you ask me.

    March 16, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  19. James

    Our leaders and liberals think its unfail to have welfare people drug tested....Now how stupid is that? So lets pass a law....Liberals pay all the taxes to feed the non workers and bums...and conservatives will educate our schools and explain to them why its wrong to give condoms to 12 year olds like Massachusetts just passed in their new brilliant law...And liberals can pay taxes on same sex marriage, abortions, and try and pass any law that states if it feels good then do it....And conservatives pay taxes on getting laws passed that says, if you can't reproduce with your partner then you ain't getting married in our country....Even the Muslims call this an abomination....

    March 16, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  20. judy

    what mama in her right mind would give her kid a name like Gaylon?????? Nothing here but repo jackasses spouting off. To bad they don't read the articals and make intellegent responses. Just a preview of what to expext if we elect any of these clowns. Obama 2012

    March 16, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  21. Truthfully

    @Debbie- perhaps it's because many of the homeless and poor choose to be so whereas the South Sudanese are not choosing to be bombed, raped and maimed. Also, there are many organizations helping those in this country who need help. Use your computer to do some research rather than just complaining about someone who is trying to help those who are suffering.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      Agreed. It's sad that the international community has not helped the Syrians out yet. They even asked Israel to help them! We don't need another unneccessary war. The best way to help the world is by rounding up every RepubicCunt and sending them to the cold, dark, watery depths of the Mariana Strait,

      March 16, 2012 at 11:57 am |
  22. Guess What

    maybe Clooney found obama a job close to his home in Kenya

    March 16, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • SEAL Team Alpha and Omega

      Maybe your mother should have given your father a head job and you would not have been born.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:59 am |
  23. 4commonsensenow

    It's time for good people 'everywhere' in every community on the planet to stand up to any of these killers and protect our children. I dont need money to do the right thing when I see injustice.I don't even need approval, I just need heart and guts. If you know something, then do something.

    March 18, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • Maura

      Thank you, you seem to be one of the few here to have any heart or common sense. I resent this Gaylon person being characterized as a conservative. I am a conservative and I don't agree with anything he says. He sounds sick to me, but so do a bunch of others here. There is so much hate here on both sides. Conservative to me means God, Family, Country, Integrity, Don't spend more than you make,empower those who can to work, help those who can't, Love thy neighbor as thyself, Believing that we are endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights among them are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That all men ( women and children) are created equal,

      March 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm |