As the 2012 election approaches, it’s easy to get bogged down with issues like the protection of women’s rights, or job creation, or marriage equality, or gun control, or foreign policy, or how shiny a candidate’s hair is, while the whole time failing to just take a step back and look at the big question: What kind of celebrity friends have a candidate’s political values earned him, and why do they not hang out with those celebrities as much as WE would all hang out with those celebrities, given the chance? Luckily Barack and Michelle Obama sat down with ET recently, whose reporter refused to step down from the issue. From ET:
“The truth is we got to know each other because of a substantive issue. He is a terrific advocate on behalf of the people of Darfur, and to the people of Sudan who’ve been brutalized for a long time. And so when I was a senator — this was well before I was president — that was an issue that I was working together on a bipartisan basis, and George, who had traveled there, done documentaries there, and was very well-informed, came to testify in Congress. And so we got to know each other, and he is a good man, and a good friend.”
Ok, fine, BUT WHY DO WE ALMOST NEVER SEE YOU GUYS HANGING OUT THEN IF YOU’RE SUCH GOOD FRIENDS AND HE’S SUCH A GOOD MAN? Explain that, Obama.
“He’s very protective about not bothering me. And he’s also sensitive to the fact that, you know, that if he’s around a lot, then somehow it’ll be tagged as ‘Obama hanging out with Hollywood stars,’ and that’s not who he is. But he’s a good person.”
All right, all right. That makes enough sense. You’ve just nearly gotten by the question this time, Obama. But you spent a decent about of time in an interview with a Hollywood gossip TV show talking about how you’re friends with George Clooney and you did not for one moment even hint at the kind of pranks he must play when he visits the White House?
Very interesting, Obama.