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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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61.

Mikki    

The list included Byron Allen as a big shot donor?? He's listed before Jack Black and Toby McGuire. He's a putz. In the 50's they outed commies. These guys on the list wear it as a badge of honor.

841 days ago
62.

parlayer    

Gay or straight anything is better than MOO-chael Obozo

841 days ago
63.

Bryan    

Oh, now Obama is love'n that 1% crowd!!!

841 days ago
64.

logan    

B000000000000000000000..................................Boo
It's official, America is circling the drain.

841 days ago
65.

brianjones0069    

I hear that John Travoltas masseuse had an invite!

841 days ago
66.

cheryl richards    

disgusting they should not be allowed to do that movie stars paying big money to help one candidate especially the wrong candidate. Money must make you dumb and blind

841 days ago
67.

Saints fan    

Someone needs to tell Obama he's supposed to be a president, not a comedian or celebrity. What a effen embarrassment! smh

841 days ago
68.

O_o    

i think that my invite got lost in the mail...i thought for sure i'd have gotten some type of phone call. i feel a little empty inside...

841 days ago
69.

logan    

This is exactly why I don't go to the movies, buy music in any form, attend pro sporting events or give big named "stars" any of my money. They think that just because they are millionaires that they have the right to make decisions for us all. Will let them know how I feel in November. Just because they use their particular platform to speak and throw their money around does not mean they can buy or influence people. Don't be a sheep.

841 days ago
70.

grandmacc    

Superficial people paying outragioius amount of money on a Superfician President so he can keep on ruining the country. Pretty smart huh, you idiots.
If you plastic people had a brain, you wouldn't know what to do with it.
You are plastic people with plastic brains that can put on tons of makeup and memorize lines (just like obama) and do nothing else of value for this country.

841 days ago
71.

RedwoodPerch    

Obama looks like Osama and Clooney looks like Raj Patel.

841 days ago
72.

grandmacc    

In this picture, Clooney looks like one of your muslim brothers. hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

841 days ago
73.

Keksi    

Isn't obvious by now that both Republican and Democrats along Hollywood work for Illuminati Elite.

Actually most of Elite is controlled by them,if you dont have connections or not approved by them you cant be rich in first place.Of course they need to put show for masses that all of that is coincidence.

841 days ago
74.

Porno the Clown    

How is all that hope and change workin' out for all of you who voted for the Jimmy Carter clone? Gotta love the dems yackin' about "fair share" and then putting on $40,000 a plate dinners.

841 days ago
75.

babygirlsnonnie    

I use to like Clooney but after this I'm not sure who has the the BIGGEST SCABS ON WHO'S KNEES, Stacie from sucking Clooneys d*** or Clooney from sucking Obamas d***???

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