It stays in Vegas, unless it happens to George Clooney!

George Clooney is usually as cool as cucumber. He has every reason to be: He’s rich, handsome, successful, as smart as they come, a movie star, he’s best buds with Brad Pitt, he’s got swanky digs over at Lake Como Italy, and can do a talk show interview like no one else in the business. So he’s got every reason to be nonchalant. Many of us would be down right smug in his position. So if he responds to most things with his usual dry cool ego energy, it’s prob because he’s too busy counting his blessings to get disturbed. One thing will piss him off with a vengeance though and that’s when anyone criticizes his good friend President Barack Obama. Then Clooney’s Irish gets up!

Like when he was recently down in Las Vegas. Clooney was in the City of Sin to, among other things, have a tete et tete with his other good buddy Steven Wynn. Wynn’s a hi powered casino owner who often has celebs dine at his table with him. That’s what Clooney was doing. There was good food, liquor was flowing, everyone was having a great time. Then Wynn spoiled the mood by bringing politics into it. By bringing politics into it I mean that he called Pres Obama an “asshole”!

Now this whole brouhaha got started in the usual way, by discussing affordable health care. The Pres has revised the whole American Health Care system in the form of Obamacare. Not everyone is a fan of the program. During the whole blow up about the Affordable Care Act, Clooney reminds Wynn that the Pres is a long time friend of his. Wynn responds that “your friends is an asshole”.

Clooney didn’t take the comment kindly. As Clooney said “At that point I told Steve HE was an asshole and that I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.” So he met Wynn’s asshole, and raised him a jackass! Some says Clooney even dropped the F Bomb! Then Clooney walked out. So I guess  that politics has put a strain on another beautiful friendship.

Now Wynn can explain himself. By way of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Wynn says that sure he called Obama an “asshole”. He then goes on to point out that the whole thing got blown out of proportion because Clooney is a delusional drunk. Now he doesn’t put it quite that way. He couches it in delicate language, like you would expect a hard headed Vegas casino boss to do. In fact what he said was “When he’s [George] drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the President.” Wynn passes a lot of it off to 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.”  

For Clooney’s part he says there were 9 people at the dinner 2 weeks ago at Botero restaurant at Wynn’s Encore hotel, adding, “It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.” For Wynn’s part, he says, “Everybody who’s in my business — the casino business — knows to take actors with a grain of salt.” Maybe he picked that salt recipe up at one of the Las Vegas Celebrity Roasts?

So the moral of the story is that Clooney is a smart funny guy. A nite out on the trown with Big George can be great fun. Just don’t get him drinking and started on politics. Not if you wanna stay on the mellow side of GC! Oh yeah, and celebrities are best taken with a grain of salt, and a side order of tongue in cheek. Hopefully Big George is still welcome at the table down in Vegas. He might have to bring his own salt next time.