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Actor and Sudan activist George Clooney visited President Obama in the Oval Office on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his recent trip to south Sudan in advance of a referendum in January on partition. Clooney called attention to the increasingly unstable relationships between the northern and southern regions.

Sudan President Omar Al Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court for genocide in the country's Darfur region, is expected to fight to keep South Sudan from seceding because it has more than 75 percent of the country's oil.

This was the Oscar winner's second trip to the White House. Clooney visited Darfur refugee camps in Chad, just across the Sudan border, and came to the White House early in 2009 to press for the appointment of a high-level envoy to the region.

Afterward, Obama, in March, 2009, tapped retired Major Gen. Scott Gration to the special envoy spot. When the president was an Illinois senator, Gration accompanied him to Chad in 2006 to visit a refugee camp populated with people from Darfur who had fled widespread killing and raids there.

George ClooneyThe expectation was that Obama would be much more vocal on Sudan, given his stance on the issue as a senator. In recent weeks the Obama administration has taken a much more active stance on Sudan. At the U.N. General Assembly last month, Obama spoke at a ministerial meeting where he called for governments of both North and South Sudan to ensure a peaceful, fair and transparent referendum in January.

Clooney and Obama started working on Sudan issues in 2006 -- before Obama's trip to Africa. In April of that year, Clooney, then-Sen. Obama and former Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) spoke at the National Press Club about the ongoing violence in Darfur and drew attention to an upcoming "Save Darfur" rally on the National Mall to urge the world to move faster to stop the slaughter, rape, and forced displacement in the region.

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sysaphus71

Hey George, If Sudan is so important...use your own money..we're broke. We got other problems ...like the economy and jobs And by the way hows that Haiti thing working out...not much progress there and those people are a lot closer. Hollywood and Washington...they go hand in hand to avoid reality here.

October 13 2010 at 11:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

We do not need to interfer in thier business. The president listens to clooney, while members of the government cannot get his ear. When the majority of the people were against what he was doing he did not listen. There seems to be something wrong when one voice is heard, but the majority is ignored.

October 13 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
hotrodwrm

Euro-west: Stay out of Africa. It's in the sorry shape now because of the Euro-western crimes against humanity that have taken place over the past 5 centuries. The only way for Africa to heal is for Africans to work it out for themselves.

October 12 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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plansmaker

Slave trade has hurt Africa's psychic and social/ economic patterns for centuries...However, slave trade is gone but not forgotten. Its upto mostly those nations who has caused such devastations in Africa's history to help make Africa a better contenient to live today...Clooney is the good guy in this meeting. he has nothing to gain but Obama who accepted Nobel Peace Prize has droped the ball on humanitarian crisis in Darfur/Sudan, Iranian uprising and North Korea for his domestic project...ObamaCare!!!

October 13 2010 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dawn

You have got to be kidding me. Of all the things that are going on in THIS country we have George Clooney getting the president's ear. Unbelievable!!!

October 12 2010 at 8:47 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

Clooney has more pulls than Gov. of Arizona!!!

October 12 2010 at 7:27 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
aggiejo267

unbelievable!! Obama did not have time to meet with either AZ gov Brewer nor TX gov Perry over national security issue border control but has time to meet with a celebrity !!! Pretty obvious how he feels about the border state issues.

October 12 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply
hopples3

While I agree in parts to the conversations here I have 2 points I would like to make. #1 With all the hoopla by the "stars" to raise money for Haiti, (and they successfully did raise of lot of money from all American people) why are 90% of the people in Haiti still living in tents and their infrastructure is still, well it isn't, period. #2. I totally agree with people when they make the comment that there are families here in the US that could use the help. "To sit by and do nothing is a sin and immoral" Good comment "hi". Unfortunately you don't seem to feel about American families as you do Somolian people.

October 12 2010 at 7:18 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
tistolaugh

The most interesting part of Clooney's politics is that he is Republican. Of course the elft does not like to talk about that part of the story.

October 12 2010 at 7:10 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
J.J.

If President Obama wants his party to triumpth in the midterm elections then all he has to promise is that if you elect more democrats than republicans we will add the PUBLIC OPTION to the health bill.

October 12 2010 at 6:55 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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WESTOVER ALLEN

The Republicans are the ones who shot down the public option to the health bill,because they want to favor the insurance company lobbyiests who donate heavily to their campain funds !!

October 12 2010 at 7:20 PM Report abuse -10 rate up rate down Reply
ArchAngel

Actor George Clooney is a person to be admired. I don't quite get the 'gap' between being an actor and being a productive member of society. As they say in the 'background' investigation' business; George Glooney's 'bone fides' are solid. What criteria are you looking for in a legitimate advocate for the lessor people of that region of the world. Clooney has shown himself to be smarter, more selfless, highly motivated and considerably more knowledgeable as to what might be most helpful in bringing down the death rate of 5 to 9 year old children in the Sudan. For those of you who simply smirk and criticize, and make fun of the brave men and women around the world who are trying to make a difference - it's time for the rest of us to take of the 'kidd gloves' and do away with the gentlemanly politeness. If you don't want to help get out of the freaking way. If you have nothing but a negative smart mouth to offer, keep your trap shut. If you'd rather spend your money watching a hockey game than spending the same amount saving a babies life, then get away from me. I don't want to have to look at you and your sick excuse for a human being.

October 12 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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