George Clooney Skipped the Oscars to Meet with Obama

February 24, 2009 By:
George Clooney Skipped the Oscars to Meet with Obama

George Clooney was noticeably absent from Sunday’s Oscars and after parties. But he had a good excuse as to why he skipped the festivities. George was hanging with the President.

He met with Barack Obama over the weekend to talk about the crisis happening in Sudan’s Darfur region, an issue close to his heart.

George appeared on Larry King Live last night to speak more about his recent visit to camps where 250,000 refugees live.

He said, "I don't think people should be going there and coming back and saying how it affected them. I think somehow we should all know that these people are hanging on by the skin of their teeth."

Clooney also asked Obama to appoint a full-time regional envoy who will report directly to the White House, to ask China to set aside its business interests in the region and pressure Sudan to prevent further harm to these people.

George told Larry that the refugees “need what we do best, what we have done best since the start of this country — which is good, robust diplomacy all across the world.”

Well all of George’s hard work as U.N. Messenger of Peace may pay off. Next week the International Criminal Court is scheduled to rule on whether to proceed with an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for crimes in Darfur.

George has turned into such a notable political figure. He’s done so much to bring attention to the horrible situation in Darfur. This is the type of thing Obama needs to focus on, not the pleas to save the seals. There are far more important things going on in the world!