"We are thrilled," the broadcaster, 80, gushes to Us. "We have had an opportunity to interact with this wonderful young woman and these are two great people."
Us confirmed Saturday that 52-year-old Clooney had recently proposed to the 36-year-old lawyer. The elder Clooney adds to Us, "We are thrilled at their decision and we hope for them the best."
Like her husband, George's mom Nina Clooney told the Daily Mail on Monday that she was "extremely happy" about her son's engagement. "Amal's a lovely girl," the former beauty queen said of the London-based barrister. "I like her very much," Nina, 74, added of her youngest son's new fiancee.
Though the news of eternal bachelor Clooney's engagement shocked the masses, sources close to the couple said it was "not surprising," adding that the actor was "incredibly happy."
"He likes a woman with brains and class," one source told Us of Clooney's decision to settle down with Alamuddin. "She's the full package… He's happy and found his ideal match. He didn't settle, so good for him."
This will be the second marriage for the Monuments Men star. Clooney was married to Touched By An Angel star Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993. In the years following his divorce, the handsome heartthrob romanced a slew of beautiful women, including model Stacy Keibler and Italian actress Elisabetta Canalis. Ahead of his second marriage, the actor has a family success story to look up to: His parents have been married for a whopping 54 years.
Nick adds that any additional details of the engagement will come from the actor himself. "This is his time, not ours," he tells Us.