George Clooney played the suave host and President Barack Obama and about 150 of his Hollywood donors enjoyed a few laughs at Clooneys good-humoured expense.
The event at Clooneys sprawling home raised nearly $15 million,a record for a single fundraiser.
Obama told the crowd Thursday night that his famed Hope poster from his 2008 campaign was derived from a photograph of Obama sitting next to Clooney when Obama was a US senator. Clooney had been in Washington advocating on behalf of the Darfur conflict in Sudan.
This is the first time that George Clooney has ever been photoshopped out of a picture, Obama said. Never happened before,never happen again.
In fact,the artist who created the poster,Shepard Fairey,used another photograph of Obama but said he relied on the Obama-Clooney picture to avoid a copyright infringement case with The Associated Press.
The guests paid $40,000 to attend,accounting for about $6 million of the evenings financial haul for Obamas campaign and the Democratic Party. The remainder came from a raffle for small-dollar donors. We raised a lot of money because people love George, Obama said. They like me; they love George.