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feature story - Board Member George Clooney Meets With US Pres Obama and VP Biden

february 24th, 2009

Having recently returned from a trip to the Darfur region, Not On Our Watch board member George Clooney sat down at the White House on Feb. 23 with US President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden to discuss ending the genocide in Darfur.

The Obama administration has the unique opportunity to end the killing in Darfur and recommit to peace in Southern Sudan. As the White House sets its foreign policy, it can exercise moral leadership in a robust and unprecedented fashion, and Clooney addressed the need for a high-profile, full-time envoy diplomat for the region. With the ICC decision on an arrest warrant for President Omar Al Bashir set to be announced on March 4, Clooney further pressed the new administration to rally the international community to commit to the full deployment and equipment of UNAMID peacekeeping forces in Sudan to ensure the protection of Sudanese civilians.

Clooney and Obama have previously teamed to engage on the crisis in Darfur. In 2006, they both addressed the Save Darfur Rally on the National Mall, helping to kick off what has since become a powerful, global grassroots campaign. Clooney, Obama, and Senator Sam Brownback then addressed the international media in a joint press conference, calling for the rapid deployment of United Nations peacekeepers to stop the carnage in Darfur.

You can view footage from the Clooney, Obama, Brownback press conference here. (Scroll down to the video from April 27, 2006.)

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