February 1st, 2008
11:05 AM ET
15 years ago

Clooney supports Obama, but won’t hit the trail

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/01/art.obamaclooney.gi.jpg caption="George Clooney won't campaign for Obama."]

(CNN)– Celebrity endorsements and star power have had substantially different and sometime adverse effects on presidential candidates. Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry, Zack Braff and Scarlett Johansen have thrown their support behind Barack Obama helping to raise millions of dollars for his White House run, but superstar George Clooney is hesitant to go out and campaign for Obama calling it a ‘slippery slope.’

“I feel that at times you can harm the person that you are trying to help,” Clooney told CNN’s Kiran Chetry in reference to campaigning for Obama. “I don’t want to damage anybody.”

A few months ago, talk show host Oprah Winfrey was criticized by some of her fans for breaking her track record or staying out of politics. The media mogul spent a weekend campaigning with Barack Obama in South Carolina, Iowa, and New Hampshire.

Star power has helped bring attention to crises on the international spectrum. Clooney, who was recently named the United Nations' peace messenger, has used his influence to focus efforts on the crisis in Darfur and Sudan. He says candidates will always go to Hollywood because of the money that is there and the camera crews that are sure to follow.

The Academy Award winning actor officially endorsed Obama early last year calling him a ‘rock star.’ Clooney compared him to the likes of John and Robert Kennedy saying, “Few people in my lifetime, that I’ve heard speak made me want to get up and do something,” but cautions, “I don’t want to hurt him by saying that.”

Related: Watch Kiran Chetry's one-on-one with George Clooney

- CNN’s Emily Sherman

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. charlotte

    How old was Clooney when JFK was president? Think about it, he couldn't have been much older then 10yrs old, maybe less. We are talking about over 40 yrs ago.

    February 2, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. v,ananthan

    "The Academy Award winning actor officially endorsed Obama early last year calling him a ‘rock star.’ "

    GOD BLESS AMERICA .............

    February 2, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  3. Bo

    Change in America is what America needs NOW. Vote OBAMA 2008!

    Bo in Alameda, California

    February 5, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. Bo

    We do we have employers that do not hire individuals with too much experience? Cause they need CHANGE in the company.


    February 5, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  5. mary

    Both Orpah and Clooney are well informed people who know there stuff.
    If they both support Obama its not without doing there home work.

    Clearly for most of us we can see why they support Obama.

    Change is needed. You keep putting the same people in you get the same results.

    Obama 08

    February 11, 2008 02:29 am at 2:29 am |
  6. mary

    Hillary will make a great Vice President

    February 11, 2008 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
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