February 21, 2009
Clooney to discuss Darfur with Obama
Actor George Clooney says he will lobby U.S. President Barack Obama to pick up the diplomatic pace to find a solution in Darfur.
Clooney said when he meets with the U.S. head of state next week, he will ask Obama to assign a high-level diplomat with the authority to negotiate a peace treaty among the warring factions in the troubled Sudanese region, ExtraTV reported Friday.
We want him (Obama) to appoint a high-level, full-time diplomat ... to work hard and negotiate for a peace treaty,said Clooney, who the United Nations named a messenger of peace in 2008.
Access Hollywood reported Clooney, who is touring Darfur, suggested a school in the region named after Obama showed Darfur residents still had some semblance of hope for the future.
I think it's a completely different definition of hope, the former
ER star said of the situation in Darfur.
I think the bar is considerably lower here. I think that 'Hope' here means hoping to get through the night or hoping to get through the week.