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On the Newsstand: Is George Clooney Going to be President?

This month's Radar magazine asked the burning question, "Why is Hollywood hating on Clooney?" I wasn't aware of Clooney's political ambitions, though this passage struck me as...not out of the realm of possibility? (He has been seen hanging out with Barack Obama, after all.) Rupert Everett who has no love-lost for Clooney, remarked on George's political prospects:

"He's not the brightest spark on the boulevard. He'll be president one day. Mark my words, if he's straight, he'll be president."

The piece goes on to say:

Though Everett seems to have meant it as an insult (and in the waning days of the Bush years, it's gotta sting), Clooney's name has, in fact, been bandied about recently as a possible candidate for governor of California, and, according to gossip columnist Cindy Adams, Arnold himself is fanning the flames. (Of the buzz, the actor has said, "Believe me, you don't want me in politics." Self-deprecating, sexy, yet slyly ambiguous—that's Clooney!)

Well, I suppose if you'd told me ten years ago that the Terminator would be a governor...

What do you think? Are we ready for President Clooney? I bet the line for the Lincoln Bedroom would be a lot longer...

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sofi sofi 9 years
Well, now I have a reason to dislike Rupert Everett. How rude! I don't think Clooney would run.
blackhole blackhole 9 years
Clooney as Pres. that is scary. The liberal nuts are so creepy and should be booted out of Hollywood.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Yep, his family is a political one, and Georgey definitely has a passion for lower-case-P politics... but I doubt he'd ever run. We're too busy enjoying our romantic life together for that. ;)
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
His dad (Nick Clooney) was a newscaster and a host on AMC. He ran for Congress a few years ago, but he lost. I'm not sure about his mom.
redegg redegg 9 years
His family is in politics. I saw some special on him and his Dad was a mayor or something and his mother held a public position as well. He said his family taught him that he should always get out there with the people and try to serve in some way.
CollegeGirl CollegeGirl 9 years
I wouldn't vote for him, although I'm sure there are a lot of people out there who would.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
I have no problem with celebrities discussing politics--they are Americans and have every right. But there is a difference between dicussing your opinion, and making a huge career choice and running for election with no experience or qualifications. And NO, being in the public eye is NOT a qualification for governing and making policy, despite what Sonny, Ronald, Arnold, & Co. seem to think. It makes a mockery of the election process by taking away from the issues and making it all about the fame game.
hausfrau hausfrau 9 years
Meg, i get annoyed when celebs talk politics because more often then not they are uneducated and part of the hollywood liberal group think... but honestly, what really bothers me about celebs getting politically involved is that its a terrible business decision! if you align yourself on either side, you risk losing fans who disagree with you, esp. if you're as agressive as Mr. Clooney is. If you think about it, the celebrities with the most appeal are the ones who stay away from politics. So, I just get annoyed from the business standpoint of it!
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I love him, love his politics, and think he has a good world view. He'd have to get something (like gov) under his belt first, but he's been showing how seriously he takes his politics and how dedicated he is to changing the world... I think it is about as far fetched as Reagan, and he's not even senile yet! On a tangent - I know a lot of ppl get mad when celebs talk politics, the whole 'shut up and sing' phenomena, but I really don't mind. There is diversity and nuance since celebs are people too and they open up a nationwide discussion when they talk about something. I think the only consequence they face by opening up should be the problem with overexposure and the public starting to like them and their 'brand' less by getting to know the real them more. So why should a celeb be taken any less seriously for political aspirations than any of the other millionaires we have running this country?
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Love George have since E/R not the second show he did called 'er' but the first one with Elliot Gould - but no please let him stay in his right mind and never enter politics. He freely admits that he's judgment, biased, stubborn and I'd rather just admire him for his acting and looks than hate him for f-ing up my state or the country. The man has only just started looking up at people when he speaks rather than looking down at the ground like Rainman - I hate to have him giving the SOTU like he delivered lines in Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
kia kia 9 years
I wonder what public sentiment was about Ronald Reagan when he entered politics?
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I think he should stick to acting and directing. Clooney is very ambitious, and that's good, but I don't see him as a president, I don't see him as a leader. I agree with his political ideas most of the time though.
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