Clooney Holds Private Darfur Meeting With Obama
Academy Award-winning actor George Clooney had a good excuse for missing the Oscars: He was meeting with President Obama the following day to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.
Clooney met privately with President Obama and Vice President Biden in separate, one-on-one meetings Monday in hopes of convincing the administration to take action, according to Fox News.
Following his meeting, Clooney told reporters at the White House that he requested a "high-profile, full-time envoy" be appointed to the Darfur region. He said he was told the administration would do just that once it has set a full foreign policy agenda in the region.
"It's not about government money or government troops; it's about involvement and diplomacy ... I think that the truth is what has to happen is we have to begin to isolate the government of Khartoum. We have to make it known that the actions of this government are not acceptable," said Clooney.
The Hollywood activist, who has been outspoken on the crisis and made documentary highlighting the conflict in the region, recently returned from a trip to Darfur and Chad.
To drive his message home, Clooney said he brought with him 250,000 postcards signed by people all over the country who want an end to the crisis in Darfur.