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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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31.

Jackie    

I bet he will be doing boring comics after his 15 min of his white house Job....pfft!!....

804 days ago
32.

Carl    

Byron Allen? There's a name I hadn't heard since the 1980s.

804 days ago
33.

jimbo4253    

uhmmm...$40k times 150 is $6 million not $15 million. Guess that's how they say the economy is improving!

804 days ago
34.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

byron allen?

804 days ago
35.

Missie    

This really sickens me, Americans are hurting while these elitist drool all over this poor excuse for a president.

804 days ago
36.

Umm ok...    

This is just gross. Wake up America! Obama loves where he's sitting right now, eating his $40,000 dinner next to these people... and he loves keeping his food stamp heavily placed on your head. Wake up, get out from underneath it, throw the entitlements aside and demand a smaller government!

804 days ago
37.

Melissa    

This man is so phoney but the ultra-left (I won't say Democrats, because I am one) give Obama a free pass on everything. Back in 1995 when Obama was a State Senator she said he supported Gay marriage, when he bacame a US Senator he reversed his stance and said marriage was between a man and woman only and civil unions were fine for homosexual couples, now the press and ulta left want to say Obama has EVOLVED into thinking gay marriage is a right. So to sum it up he supported gay marriage, then didn't support it and now he supports is, so this is flip flopping to pander to his base not evolving.

804 days ago
38.

Liz    

Clooney, Salma Hayek and Tobey McGuire will be on my list of not paying nor watching their movies again...I don't want to be culpable for the reelection of this month on any way...worst US leader ever!!

804 days ago
39.

JOHN     

PANDERING SELF SERVING BU``SH`T.......HOPE YOUR BOTH OUT OF A JOB ASAP.CREATE JOBS...AND FUTURES.... YOU PUTZ, 4 FAILED YEARS ONE OF THE WORST FU`K-UPS, OF THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS.

804 days ago
40.

Jan    

Obama loves Hollywood's MONEY$$$. My friend Florida friend from Cuba said what Obama is doing reminds him of Castro's beginnings.

804 days ago
41.

Liz    

oops, wated to say the reelection of this man..

804 days ago
42.

Faye    

Huh? He says people like George? I don't.

804 days ago
43.

todd    

Celebritys are so stupid. Everybody got themsleves in a fuss over Obamas Gay marriage announcment ...THAT MEANS NOTHING !!! NOTHING YOU FOOLS. He basicaly just took the republican stance... LEAVE IT TO THE STATES. He isnt changing laws, isnt pushing for anything that sint already going on. All he did was state HIS view, just like Cheney supported it 3 years ago. So basicaly all you morons that dont know anything...your're cheering OBama for saying the states can keep votign gay marriage DOWN and he will sit back and do NOTHING.. Hilarious are dumb the american people are

804 days ago
44.

EarthAngel    

Guess ducklings would have tiny buns......lol

804 days ago
45.

hunniebuns    

Tow people who are completely phoney. They only know how to act to what other people write for them.

804 days ago
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