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. FULL POST


Topics: President Obama • Sudan