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Obama knew about George Clooney’s call for Biden to drop out. He didn’t object – Times of India



TOI World Desk

After Hollywood actor and Democratic donor George Clooney called for Joe Biden‘s exit from the high-stake presidential race, a Politico report now claimed that former president Barack Obama was aware of Clooney’s NYT essay beforehand but did not stop him. The report said Clooney had called Obama in advance to warn him that he was going to write a harsh opinion piece on the New York Times about Biden.
Obama neither encouraged him nor tried to stop him, Politico reported citing sources. Obama’s team has not offered any comment on the latest explosive claim.
In his stinging piece for NYT, Clooney wrote Joe Biden was a big fu***** deal in 2010 but the Biden whom he met three weeks ago at a fundraiser was not the same person. He was not even the Biden of 2020. “It’s devastating to say it, but the Joe Biden I was with three weeks ago at the fund-raiser was not the Joe ‘big F-ing deal’ Biden of 2010. He wasn’t even the Joe Biden of 2020. He was the same man we all witnessed at the debate.”
Clooney’s $28 million fundraiser
George Clooney last month hosted a $28 million fundraiser in Hollywood for Biden — the largest ever for a Democratic candidate. Biden’s campaign planned the fundraiser around Clooney’s schedule and it required Biden to fly from the G7 in Italy to California and back to Washington in a short period.
It was the jet lag that Biden’s team blamed later for his dismal performance in the debate.
Biden’s campaign wanted to stop Clooney’s NYT piece
Biden’s campaign learnt Tuesday that Clooney was preparing his opinion piece. The campaign aides started a a full-court press to persuade the actor not to publish it. Jeffrey Katzenberg, the movie mogul who is a co-chair of the Biden campaign and its chief ambassador to Hollywood donors, led the effort to convince Clooney that he should stick with Biden.
What George Clooney wrote
Clooney in his article gave his verdict that with Biden helming the race, the Democrats are not going to win in November. “On top of that, we won’t win the House, and we’re going to lose the Senate. This isn’t only my opinion; this is the opinion of every senator and Congress member and governor that I’ve spoken with in private. Every single one, irrespective of what he or she is saying publicly,” he wrote.
“I love Joe Biden. As a senator. As a vice president and as president. I consider him a friend, and I believe in him. Believe in his character. Believe in his morals. But the one battle he cannot win is the fight against time. None of us can.”
One of Obama’s former advisers Jon Favreau said Clooney was right and every single person at the fundraiser had the same thing going on in their mind — except for the people working for Joe Biden.





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