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Barack Obama

Cracks Clooney Jokes

at $15 Mil Fundraiser

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

Listen to yourselves... You are judging people based on their political beliefs?! "Hey guys, lets not watch a movie because this actor supports this president..." Ridiculous and ignorant! You shouldn't be allowed to vote! It took 30 years to get into the mess and it's going to take a hell of a lot longer than 4 years to get us out.

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Alicia    

Listen to yourselves... You are judging people based on their political beliefs?! "Hey guys, lets not watch a movie because this actor supports this president..." Ridiculous and ignorant! You shouldn't be allowed to vote! It took 30 years to get into the mess and it's going to take a hell of a lot longer than 4 years to get us out.

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Paul138    

All these do gooder democrats they could not have taken %5 of that 15 mill &given it to a homeless shelter or food bank down the road in LA county.

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