George Clooney and Barack Obama: Together at Last!

Never mind the Academy Awards; George Clooney had a much more prestigious appointment to keep this week.

The 47-year-old Ocean’s Eleven actor appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live last night and told the gravel-voiced talk-show host that he met with President Barack Obama on Monday morning to discuss the troubles in the war-torn region of Darfur.

Clooney, who serves as a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations, has made several humanitarian visits to the region, and related his experiences to Obama in hopes of convincing the president to appoint a full-time regional envoy to the area.

Clooney also urged America’s Chief Executive to ask China to drop its business interests in the region.

Though continuing conflict makes the region a dangerous place for Clooney to visit, the actor says he downplayed the hazards to his own safety during his summit with Obama.

“I don’t think people should be going there and coming back and saying how it affected them,” Clooney opined. “I think somehow we should all know that these people are hanging on by the skin of their teeth.”

While on King’s show, the actor also confirmed that he’ll be reprising his role as Dr. Doug Ross on the final episode of ER, along with series alum Julianna Margulies. “So it should be fun,” Clooney offered.

Well, sure; compared  to Darfur, pretend bloodshed and illness is probably a walk in the park.

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