There's never a dull moment when you mix politics, business, celebrities, and tequila, is there? Put the whole thing in a Las Vegas setting, and you have the makings for a very entertaining scene that starts with a successful business man criticizing President Obama and ends with George Clooney storming off in a hissy fit.
Well, according to Clooney's reps, that's not exactly what happened, but the actor did apparently admit to defending the President while using a string of expletives before making his exit.
Hotel-casino mogul Steve Wynn was dining with the actor a couple of weeks ago at Botero restaurant in Wynn's Encore hotel. Clooney was in town to promote his Casamigos tequila at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America convention, and the pair was joined by Wynn's wife, Clooney's business partners, and a few other power players.
Wynn says Clooney "got drunk," dropped an F-bomb, and left the restaurant for another bar. Clooney claims Wynn was ranting about his good friend President Obama.
According to a statement from Clooney's publicist:
There were nine people at that table ... so you can ask them. ... Steve likes to go on rants.
He called the president an asshole ... that is a fact ... I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ ... At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.
And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.
Um, note to Mr. Clooney ... I'm pretty sure character doesn't include flinging the "I'm rubber and you're glue" argument around when discussing politics at a dinner party.
It's quite possible Steve Wynn was being an ass. It's also quite possible that he's taken a personal hit from Mr. Obama, who not only has made it increasingly cumbersome and expensive to run a business, but has famously dissed tourism in Sin City -- repeatedly.
So yeah, the prez is probably a bit of an asshole in Wynn's book. This is America, we're allowed to say that. Heck, if people who disagreed with Bush can call him a murderer, then people that disagree with Obama should be able to call him an asshole.
Anyway, the whole thing reportedly started when one of the execs at the table made a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, and Clooney "threw a hissy fit." Apparently the star is into socialism or something. Maybe he didn't want that wall torn down? Who knows.
It only spiraled downward from there when Wynn started mocking Obamacare after Clooney brought it up. Wynn said:
Then [Clooney] sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act, and that’s when I spoke up ... he didn’t like that either. I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.
He got up and said, 'I don’t have to listen to this (expletive) stuff.' The only person who got excited at the table was George, and he ran off to another bar.
Wynn reported that Clooney's partners were "mortified," but he didn't take offense. He said, “Everybody who’s in my business, the casino business, knows to take actors with a grain of salt.”
Whoa. Personally, I like George Clooney as an actor. I think he's crazy talented and not exactly hard on the eyes. But I think he could be a lot more winsome in his political persuasion if he refrained from name-calling and skulking off. But then again, if I'd championed something that has ended up being an absolute disaster, I'd be pretty pissy too.
Do you think George Clooney acted badly, or was his departure from the party one of righteous indignation?
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