Actor George Clooney really likes President Barack Obama. In fact, he considers the president a “longtime friend” and it seems he doesn’t take kindly to anyone insulting him.
So when hotel tycoon Steve Wynn reportedly called Obama an “a**hole” during a fancy Las Vegas dinner a couple weeks ago, Clooney apparently exploded and stormed off.
Wynn claims Clooney was already drunk on tequila shots when he began criticizing Obama and his signature health care law. It didn’t take long for the situation to unravel.
Before that, though, another exec told a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev, Wynn told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Clooney “stood up and threw a hissy fit,” the business magnate alleged.
It was at this point that Clooney started discussing the Affordable Care Act, causing Wynn to speak out against it.
Here’s how Clooney remembers the incident via an email sent through his publicist:
“He called the president an a**hole … that is a fact … I said the president was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an a**hole.’ … At that point I told Steve that HE was an a**hole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.”
The actor also admitted that there were “quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us.” Wynn claims Clooney dropped an F-bomb before he left the table.
In response, Wynn told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Clooney “considers himself a close personal buddy of the president” when he’s drinking. He dismissed the incident as largely being fueled by too much alcohol, saying, “Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober. … If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.”
“Everybody who’s in my business, the casino business, knows to take actors with a grain of salt,” Wynn said, landing another not-so-subtle jab at Clooney. The incident apparently took place at Wynn’s Encore hotel.
However, Clooney argues his reaction had “nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”
If someone happened to capture the exchange on video, this story will certainly be updated.