Barack Obama gets advice from new 'friend' George Clooney

Posted on 4:02 PM by Sameer Shah

Hollywood star Clooney, 47, struck up a close relationship with Mr Obama and is now in regular contact by phone, text and email, according to reports.

Democratic sources claim the Oscar-winner has been sharing his views on policy, urging Mr Obama to take a more “balanced” stance on US relations with Israel.

But one Democratic insider claims their relationship could be “very risky” for Mr Obama’s election chances.

“'George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins,” the source told the Mail on Sunday.

“His hope of becoming America’s first black President depends heavily on winning over conservative voters and it would be suicidal for him to be perceived as a tool of a Hollywood Leftie, which is how they regard George.”

Mr Clooney, who once famously declared that he could not go into politics himself because he had “slept with too many women, done too many drugs and been to too many parties” has been said to be giving Mr Obama image advice and tips on public speaking.

One of Mr Clooney’s trusted acquaintances said: “George is a master at crafting his own image and he is helping Obama to hone his image both domestically and abroad,” adding: “He has tried to keep the true extent of their involvement out of the Press because he is frightened of alienating voters.”

The Ocean’s Eleven actor is among many in Hollywood who have offered to raise funds for the Obama campaign, including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Stars including Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand and Scarlett Johansson have also publicly endorsed him.

Mr Clooney’s press office confirmed that the pair had spoken privately. Mr Obama’s office did not comment.

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