Obama: George Clooney and Me Are ‘Dope and Hope’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 11, 2012 | 12:12pm EDT

Actor George Clooney and President Barack Obama at the White House on Oct. 12, 2010. (White House Photo/Pete Souza)

(CNSNews.com) - At fundraiser dinner at the Hollywood home of actor George Clooney on Thursday night, President Barack Obama joked that he and the actor were “Dope and Hope.”

“It was wonderful,” Obama said, “walking through the house, and the famous ‘Hope’ poster from the 2008 campaign--people don't realize that the photograph of me is actually me sitting next to George, because George had come into D.C. to advocate on behalf of Darfur and to make sure that we were doing the right thing for so many people who were going through such horrific events, and we struck up a friendship.

“And this is the first time that George Clooney has ever been photo-shopped out of a picture,” Obama said. “Never happened before, never happened before, will never happen again.

“But the wonderful thing is the artist actually sent George--some of you have seen this--a print with my picture and his picture right next to each other with the same , in the same format,” said Obama. “Why he said at the bottom, ‘Dope and Hope’ I don't know. I don't think that's fair. That's not fair. That's not right. It ain't right.

“But, look, I cannot take credit for this,” Obama told the group that included many Hollywood stars—who were charged $40,000 a piece to attend.

“Jeffery [Katzenberg, CEO of Dreamworks Animation] can take some credit,” said Obama. “But let's face it, 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, seems to just occupy a constant state of grace, and uses his extraordinary talents on behalf of stuff that's really important.  And he takes time to actually figure out the facts and the issues. And so we couldn't be prouder of George.  Thank you. And I couldn't be prouder of him as a friend.”

“I see a lot of familiar faces in the audience, and I'm going to be joining each of you at your table, so I'm not going to take a long time to talk up here,” said Obama.

In addition to Clooney and Katzenberg, among those reportedly at the dinner were Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Billy Crystal, and Salma Hayek.

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