Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

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.



No Avatar


If you don't like the Hollywood celebrities, hit them where it will hurt the most. In their pocketbook. Hollywood has always been run by white Jewish communists. We all need to starve the communist beast. No big payouts, no big donations to the socialist left.

893 days ago

Fuck Celebrities    

Clooney has killed any hope of me ever watching any of his movies.

Celebrities need to stay out of politics.... especially the ones who live in Italy and meddle in US politics.

893 days ago

Rafaelle Zuccaro    

Its like 99% of the A-holes there supporting a CLOWN- All those Very Rich, Decadent, Bed Hoping A-holes are propping up their Favorite Looser in Chief!!! No wonder this country is going to hell in a hand basket- Its the Hollywood Set that sets the "IMMORAL" standards for our young!! And the total Liberal left laps it UP- They must have had "true" leaders there , like Bill Maher, Alex Baldwin, Cher and other Far Left "DEGENERATES"--Money and Filth is their MOTTO!!!

893 days ago

Eva Stuart    

The fact that there are people who can afford a $40,000 dinner while regular people are struggling every day is nothing short of disgusting. And for what? The media is free and will spend every waking moment pushing pro Obama anti Romney stories until the election. What a waste...

893 days ago



893 days ago



893 days ago


I am so sick and tired of hearing about Barry and George. Can we hear something that is going to help this country? These 2 aren't helping any of us, just themselve!!!

893 days ago


Everyone in attendance at the party - I will NEVER watch a film or buy a recording from - ever again. The whole social elite movie stars and media make me sick.

893 days ago


Seems like he only comes to California to take money never to bring us any!

893 days ago


Wish I had the full list of attendees - I would NEVER see a Movie, watch a TV show or listen to any of their music ever again. This country needs a Leader not another 'actor' - FORWARD my a*s - more like BACKWARD. This man needs to be kicked out fo office and all his hollywood friends can follow him on the street.

893 days ago


I can't stand that man anymore, but that's ok, cus I never really liked any of his movies

893 days ago


Just laughed out loud, these people....please. He's leading the sheep to slaughter. Hope it's slow and painful.

893 days ago


Where's pics of the winners( losers) who got to eat snacks with these two darwin rejects? You can bet the gov dug through their garbage can to vet them. What a waste of three dollars!

893 days ago


What a bunch of ignorant useful idiots. Obummer is destroying the country. Are those people really that stupid? Legions will now boycott their movies.

893 days ago


Seriously, I find the whole thing disgusting. He's so far up unholywoods butt he can't see daylight.

893 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web