George Clooney meets with President Obama
George Clooney apparently had a good reason for skipping out on Oscar night: He had a meeting with President Barack Obama.
The Oscar-winning actor appeared Monday on CNN's Larry King Live and spoke of his visit earlier that morning with Obama to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Sudan's Darfur region.
Clooney said he told the president of his visit to camps in Chad where 250,000 refugees live, but he downplayed the risks he took to witness the suffering firsthand.
"I don't think people should be going there and coming back and saying how it affected them," Clooney told King via satellite from the White House lawn. "I think somehow we should all know that these people are hanging on by the skin of their teeth."
Clooney, a U.N. Messenger of Peace, said he asked the president to appoint a full-time regional envoy who reports directly to the White House, and to ask China to set aside its business interests in the region and pressure Sudan to prevent atrocities.
The refugees need "what we do best, what we have done best since the start of this country -- which is good, robust diplomacy all across the world," he said.