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Barack Obama

Cracks Clooney Jokes

at $15 Mil Fundraiser

5/11/2012 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0511_obama_clooneyBarack Obama LOVES George Clooney ... not in an "I think we should get married but the law won't allow us" way ... but he LOVES George Clooney ... and last night, he showered the actor in jokes and praise at a super-fancy fundraiser in Hollywood.

It all went down at Clooney's mansion -- where 150 of George's closest and richest friends paid $40k-a-plate ... which will all go towards the Obama campaign. The event also raised several million in donations ... resulting in a $15 mil take for the night.

But when it came time for Obama to address the crowd, he instantly brought up his famous image from the Hope poster ... which was taken while he was sitting next to Clooney at an event in 2006.

"This is the first time that George Clooney has ever been photo-shopped out of a picture," Obama joked ... adding, "Never happened before, never happen again."

0511-obama_george_clooney_hopeObama then thanked the crowd for their contributions ... saying, "We raised a lot of money because people love George ... they like me; they love George."

Then came even more praise -- "[George] seems to occupy a constant state of grace, and uses his extraordinary talents on behalf of something truly important."

As for the food -- the event was catered by Wolfgang Puck ... who served up artichoke salad followed by roasted duckling "Peking style" with tiny buns, a duo of lamb and beef cheek with potatoes and Brussels sprouts, and sweet corn tortelloni.

The party was packed with famous people -- including Billy Crystal, Robert Downey Jr., Barbra Streisand, Byron Allen, Jack Black, Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire ... and of course Clooney's GF Stacy Keibler.

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Yes    

Isn't it funny that Dick Cheney made the same comments regarding gay marriage as Obama did, but YEARS earlier?

863 days ago
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PG    

Clooney the Commie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

863 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

Ah, The Pharaoh and his fading "Movie Star".
The blind, leading the blinded.


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863 days ago
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tifosi44    

I think I am going to be sick... reading all this slobbering BS about the both of them. Clooney will certainly get the Italian Ambassador job if EURKEL get reelected. Slobber & drooling over such losers... GAG!

863 days ago
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Max    

Hollywood-White House circle jerk. It's been going on for years. No news here.

863 days ago
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Gelina    

It was depressing for me to see the headlines the day after the event which makes it appear as if George Clooney is Obama’s bit*h.

863 days ago
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j    

Disgusting!

863 days ago
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tessa    

I'd love a full list of the commie supporters, makes it easier to make sure I NEVER support them in any manner. George Clooney just became the most unattractive man in the country. These folks with their big dollars and superficial charm . . . makes me sick.

863 days ago
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Angelina    

I wish George Clooney will focus on his movie career. He has the potential to become a great director and actor.

863 days ago
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In Depth News    

EXPLOITING the Gay Marriage Issue for Massive Profit and Using it to Demonize the political dissent (Mitt Romney) , is Pathetic.

Republicans D. Cheney (former V.P) , Leftist President Obama , and Mitt Romney All support the States Right in the issue of gay marriage , so this Announcement by the President is for Selfish Political and Financial gain and has produced Nothing New for gay marriage.

863 days ago
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Josh    

Obama has sold America's soul for his own power

863 days ago
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aaron    

Another sad day for Hollywood and the out-of-touch celebrities while the rest of the country suffers at the hand of obama.

863 days ago
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juju    

At least the celebs got something for it - great food and a party w/the prez. Republican donors, like Shel Adelstein and the Koch bros write checks for 10's of millions to Republican candidates and get NOTHING in return! Oh, wait, they get to run their political agenda once they get them elected...

863 days ago
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Jay W.     

40 K well spent .... lol

863 days ago
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annie2    

This isn't shocking. A bunch of liberal Hollywood people supporting a liberal President. Nothing to look at here. And frankly, it's not like a Republican candidate wouldn't lap up the proceeds similarly if a party were held in his/her honor. It's just that there's only about 5 people in Hollywood brave enough to come out of the Political Closet and reveal themselves as such. Not enough for a fundraising dinner, that's for sure.

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