Celebvocate: George Clooney reps for Darfur
An occasional look at the A-listers who come to Washington to shine a light on their causes. Tuesday's crusader: George Clooney.
Venue: An overflowing auditorium at the Council on Foreign Relations office in downtown Washington.
Cause: Trying to prevent civil war in Sudan after January's election, which appears likely to split the country.
Bona fides: Longtime activist for Darfur who just returned from a week-long trip in the southern half of the country and briefed President Obama at a White House meeting and Sen. Richard Lugar on Capitol Hill earlier in the day. Lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations; inducted in June.
Activist wingmen: John Prendergast of the Enough Project, Tami Hultman of AllAfrica.com.
What he wants: International diplomacy and global pressure to prevent post-election violence.
How he looked: Dreamboat-wonky. Short salt-and-pepper hair, navy suit, white shirt, somber striped tie, full-wattage smile.
Quote: "There's an opportunity to prevent atrocities instead of mopping up months after they happen. As a policymaker, cameras tend to follow me wherever I go, so we figured let's bring them all to the south of Sudan."
Can't get enough Clooney? Read more at washingtonpost.com/celebritology.
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| October 13, 2010; 1:00 AM ET
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