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On Wednesday, we watched as George Clooney sat down with TIME managing editor Rick Stengel for a live “10 Questions” interview.Clooney’s promoting his new movie “Ides Of March,” in which he stars as a Democratic presidential candidate and describes it as a “pretty cynical film.”
So no surprise that the talk kept turning to politics.
To wit: Clooney is clearly frustrated over waning support for President Barack Obama: “I get angry at people who don’t stand around him.”
Clooney labelled the “disillusionment” as “irritating,” and compared how Democrats and Republicans express support for their party’s candidates:
“Republicans are very good at rallying around, and standing around, their candidate,” whereas “Democrats tend to beat their own…I find that to be silly.”
All of this disillusionment, coupled with other factors, he predicts, will result in “the lowest voter turnout in the history of the country.”
Clooney also provided some insight into what Obama is thinking: at a recent fundraiser, Clooney asked the President, “What keeps you up at night?” His answer: “Pakistan. That worries me.”
Regarding media, Clooney says, “I’m not really as concerned with the delivery system we have…I worry about content,” adding:
“I always appreciated the idea that part of the responsibility of news…is to put things in context. I find that when I was growing up, there were three networks — CBS, NBC, and ABC — and you basically got the same version of the news…and from that news, depending on your political views and your social views, you would take that information and make decisions based on it. And now, much like what had happened earlier with newspapers, people go to the place that best represents their beliefs. So I believe that they’re starting from a different fact-base, which seems to polarize us further and further apart…it makes it much harder for us to come together. I find that to be the most disturbing part of broadcast journalism.”
Asked about Occupy Wall Street, Clooney added himself to the list of celebrity endorsers: “every time I turn on the TV and see it, it seems like a good idea.”
So would Clooney ever run for President? “No, I would run from,” adding, “my job is much more fun.”
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