If you had dreams of one day voting for George Clooney for public office, don’t get your hopes too high.
Clooney, who is mostly known for tomcatting around Europe and starring in the casino-heist themed series of films beginning with Ocean’s Eleven, says he has no interest in a political bid despite his outspoken political beliefs. The actor, a self-identified “liberal” who said a few years back that he did not know when the term became a “bad word,” isn’t shy when it comes to expressing his opinions on politics- he just doesn’t want President Obama’s job.
Clooney was posed the question in a recent interview and says coyly that he has no designs on seeking office:
“As for running for president, look, there’s a guy in office right now who is smarter than almost anybody you know, who’s nicer and who has more compassion than almost anybody you know and he’s having an almost impossible time governing.”
Clooney then says:
“Why would anyone really volunteer for that job? I have a really good job… I get to hang out with very seductive people. So I have no interest.”
The actor added that the responsibilities of making movies was far more up his alley- noting that if he makes a mistake as an actor, the worst consequence is a bad review- perhaps a jab at the number of candidates we’ve seen in recent years from upstart political movements with little concept of how the political process works. Clooney added that if he fails in his job, “it’s not going to cost 100,000 people their lives.” Oh, snap, President Bush.
Clooney did have a small suggestion for a possible contender for office, though- pal and frequent co-star Matt Damon.