At White House, Clooney Elevates Photo Ops to Celebrity Diplomacy

George Clooney faced a bank of cameras on the WhIte House driveway on Thursday, like any other public figure speaking to the media after a meeting with the president.

He’s done this before in his campaign to turn attention to Sudan, and he reported that there’s a “commitment on a very high level” to address the humanitarian crisis in the region.

“There’s been a sustained commitment, but there seems to a new version of that with the escalation of danger for the people in the Nubian mountains, there’s a real concern of opening some form of humanitarian corridor,” he said, adding that Obama said that would discuss the situation with Chinese president Hu Jintao, concerned about the loss of oil revenues.

He acknowledged the challenge of keeping Sudan in the forefront with so many other crises evolving, including Syria and Afghanistan.

“A lot of things take the world’s attention,” Clooney said, “it doesn’t mean this has to fall completely off the chart. Our job is to find the period of time when it is most crucial to talk about it, when there is something that we may be able to do to help bring attention at a crucial moment and try to keep that in the public eye.”

On Friday, he will continue to call attention with plans to get arrested at Sudan’s embassy in Washington, according to the Washington Post.

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