Hollywood talks, Obama listens

United States
February 24, 2009 5:43pm CST
Actor George Clooney visted Obama at the White House to discuss Darfur. Obama promised him he would appoint an envoy to Darfur. “They said they would appoint a full-time, high-level envoy that would report directly to the White House,” Clooney told reporters. I wonder how much that is going to cost us american tax payers. "They assured me, and wanted to assure the rest – whoever else is listening – this is high on their agenda." Well I can think of a few things right here in this country that should be "high on their agenda"? What about you? Don't get me wrong. I feel bad for the people of Darfur. But it is really none of our business. It is that country's responsiblity to solve their own problems. We would not tolerate another country coming here and telling us what to do. So therefore we should not do it either. Why do we have to meddle so much in other countries business? When will we learn to keep our noses out of it? What do you think? I say let Darfur deal with their problems, or if they need help let the UN deal with. We have our own problems to deal with. Tell me what you think.
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@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Darfur is of no consequence to us, we do not trade with them nor does it pose any threat to our national security. Sure this sounds cold blooded but someone has too around here. True terrible things have happen over there but terrible things happen all around the world. Just the other day my truck had a flat, to me that was a terrible thing yet no consequence to you.
• United States
25 Feb 09
I agree. We need to leave Darfur to handle its own problems.
@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
25 Feb 09
Obama told Clooney what he wanted to hear. Clooney is a major Obama supporter and was instrumental in getting major Hollywood support behind Obama. My guess is there'll be somebody appointed to that 'envoy' eventually, but as usual there was likely no time frame nor size provided... and envoy could simply be an ambassador, lol. Dafur is not high on the US priority list. There is not much to be gained to 'police' the region. That will hardly change under Obama. As much as I hate to see what is going on there, it's really an issue the UN should work out. I agree with you on that one. If they want to provide humanitarian aid... well Clooney should get all his friends together... they are millionaires, they can greatly help out there...
• United States
25 Feb 09
Well if Obama just told him what he wanted to hear that makes him a liar. He should have just told him no. But of course with how much Clooney campaigned for him I really do not see him doing that. I would not surprise me if he does appoint someone.
@ljbinkop (744)
• United States
25 Feb 09
There are two things about your discussion that I find upsetting. First, I find it very distubling that our brand new President is not busy enough already without entertaining Hollywood Actors at the WHite House! Doesn't he have anything else on his agenda other than to listen to self-serving and over-paid actors? What is going on in this country??? I guess that answer to that on is that Obama must feel obligated to listen to someone from Hollywood, since they were the ones that got him elected in the first place. Secondly it makes me sad that more money is heading towards Darfur. It is a horrific state of affairs over their, but how in the world can the US be expected to maintain peace all over the world, when we can't feed our own kids and the ecomony is in the toilet??? We have to draw the line somewhere. Perhaps some other world leading country could put out some of their dough for a change! Maybe Clooney will offer to pay for the actions in Darfur :) Put up or shut up, I say!
@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
25 Feb 09
Well why do not those big Hollywood actors who wanted a president that is just as loving much of the spotlight as they do, do what many people do in Church both in Canada and the States, sponsor a child, help a mission field, donate clothes and books, write to the Sudanese government, sponsor a refugee to get out. And what about when the Muslims in the Sudan were persecuting and killing Christians? Where were their voices then?