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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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76.

Pua    

Well I hope they had a good time while the economy, jobs, housing, gas, international affairs, and the common folk who once thought O was salt of the earth, now find out he's not, and he's not going to bother. Who is the 1% now????

895 days ago
77.

lissabirdie    

Clooney has severe sand paper face

895 days ago
78.

dick felterflapp    

couldn't be happier for the two of them...they deserve each other...birds of a feather. let's see what happens in november, fellas. party over.

895 days ago
79.

B    

A fool and his money are soon parted.

895 days ago
80.

Mandy    

Screw Obama, Clooney for president!! Clinton for VP!

895 days ago
81.

CitySide    

Remember when John Kerry brought up Cheney's gay daughter during a debate thinking it would embarrass Cheney? That move showed more insight into Kerry's true feelings thinking it would be a source of shame for his opponent. Politicians schmooze and USE people to further their own agenda. Obama is the worst (or should I say best?) USER. God help us all.

895 days ago
82.

nova    

bunch of degraded rich clown-showmen eating like kings ,saying empty promises, smiling with fake teeth, exchanging plesantries. they are partying in a see of poverty when average american cannot even be garanteed a job and stability and food on a table. and these jerks are having fun

895 days ago
83.

Jah36    

The biggest joke is the fact that this clown was elected President. Sorry chapter in American history.

895 days ago
84.

kathy    

Clooney seems to occupy a constant state of grace,? lol.. What a joke.. Clooney is a man whore..I wish the entertainers would realize I don't want to hear their political opinions. I pay for them to entertain me. Our president is hanging out with the 1%.. You really think he will tax them more? lol

895 days ago
85.

Spencer B in MD    

WORST...PRESIDENT...EVER!!!
F HIM (AND MOO-CHELLE!!!)

895 days ago
86.

ELI    

NO-WIN Nobama is a slug!

894 days ago
87.

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893 days ago
88.

WARNING!WARNING!    

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891 days ago
89.

Paul Z    

Obama is:
-- the man who surrounds himself with and seeks the advice of only the radical left and worse
--the man who redistributes (loots) the earnings of the producers to the non-producers so they will continue to vote for him
--the man who is spending and manipulating the greatest country on earth into financial collapse.
--the man who speaks of "social justice" but never of freedom.
--the man who hates free market capitalism.
--the man who prevents the development of our oil, coal & nuclear resources.
--the man who rejects the Constitution.
--the man who initiates force against us all by “mandating” his vision of health care.

He is, at best, a cheap Chicago left-wing politician who cares only that he get re-elected to a position he is grotesquely unequipped for -- yet doesn’t take even that position seriously enough to read Economics 101.

887 days ago
90.

Asher    

I bet they played pillow games after that dinner. Our first gay president.

886 days ago
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