Modesty In The Capital

Lainey Posted by Lainey at March 14, 2012 14:25:32 March 14, 2012 14:25:32

Check out George Clooney carrying his own bags and suits in Washington DC yesterday. George arrived by train and is in town to meet with US government officials about Sudan from where heΓÇÖd just come.

This, to me, is when heΓÇÖs the most appealing. On stage during a performance of 8, smiling and gracious with flashbulbs in his face after a gruelling travel schedule to a war-torn country, ready to lobby passionately for diplomatic intervention. During a panel discussion last night at the Council on Foreign Relations, George argued:

ΓÇ£ThereΓÇÖs a difference between two armies fighting and what the Geneva Convention calls war crimesΓÇöthe indiscriminate bombing of innocent civilians. ItΓÇÖs all the same people who were involved in Darfur. TheyΓÇÖre scaring the hell out of these peopleΓÇ¥ΓÇöthe men, women and children of the Nuba MountainsΓÇöΓÇ£and theyΓÇÖre killing them and trying to get them just to leave.ΓÇ¥

ΓÇ£ThereΓÇÖs a lot of things swallowing up the news right now. There was the Arab Spring. Go down the list of the big news stories that were happening at the time. News organizations were covering them because theyΓÇÖre big. Syria is still a big story today. Iran is a big story today. WeΓÇÖre in the middle of an election year ... John [Prendergast] and I are gonna do every press thing in the world in the next three days, and people will know more and more about it.ΓÇ¥

And of course, as it always is with George, some humour too. HereΓÇÖs his quip when asked about, in the simplest terms, how to stop the bad guys:

ΓÇ£We could have a surprise party in Lake Como for Omar al-Bashir. Come on over! ItΓÇÖs a great party! And have the ICC waiting for them.ΓÇ¥

I love you like this. And you are like this often. So... why is it you feel that this, just like this, is not enough to win you an award?

Click here to read more about GeorgeΓÇÖs activities in DC yesterday.

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