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Celebvocate: George Clooney reps for Darfur


Kind of an artsy shot, but we liked it: Clooney outside the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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.


Bidding farewell to Sen. Lugar outside the Senate Foreign Relations room. (Hyungwon Kang/Reuters)

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."

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By The Reliable Source  | October 13, 2010; 1:00 AM ET
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Comments

Note to the airhead authors: Darfur and Southern Sudan are not the same, and Clooney is currently advocating for the latter, not the former. Now, please do get back to your giggling and prom planning.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | October 13, 2010 9:14 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for writing, and sorry if you were confused. We noted Clooney's past activism for Darfur, along with his membership in CFR, etc., as part of why he's qualified ("bona fides") to talk about what's going on in Sudan in general.

Posted by: The Reliable Source | October 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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