George Clooney's Barack Obama Fundraiser -- All the Details!

Celebrity News May. 11, 2012 AT 11:00AM
George Clooney and Barack Obama George Clooney and Barack Obama Credit: Jon Furniss/WireImage.com; Lloyd Bishop/NBC

George Clooney sure knows how to throw a bash fit for the Hollywood -- and Washington, D.C. -- elite.

Hosting a $40,000-a-plate fundraiser for President Barack Obama at his Los Angeles home Thursday, Clooney's guest of honor spent the evening mingling with the actor and 150 other celebs in an effort to raise funds for his re-election campaign.

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Partying in a tent on Clooney's basketball court, guests including Tobey Maguire, Barbra Streisand, Salma Hayek and Jack Black dined on a menu crafted by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck.

Clooney's Thursday efforts are said to have raised an estimated $15 million for Obama, who also made news this week when publicly supporting the legalization of gay marriage.

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"We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George. They like me, they love him. And rightfully so," Obama, 50, raved of Clooney, 51. During his 19-minute speech, Obama also mentioned how he saw Shepard Fairey's 2008 "Hope" poster hanging in Clooney's home and divulged details of its origin. "People don't realize that the photograph of me is actually me sitting next to George," Obama said of the photo that was taken when the duo advocated for Darfur together.

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"This is the first time that George Clooney has actually been Photoshopped out of a picture. Never happened before, never happen again," Obama joked.

Though the actor largely catered to President Obama Thursday, he made sure to tend to his girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, frequently during the event.

"They were holding hands and kissing all night, total couple mode," an attendee tells Us Weekly of the pair of nearly one year.

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