For Clooney, meeting presidents is a family thing

Actor George Clooney speaks to reporters after meeting with President Barack Obama about his recent trip to Sudan at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

October 13, 2010 6:18:56 PM PDT
Actor George Clooney says he still gets a thrill when he meets with President Barack Obama - but to his father that kind of thing is old hat.

Clooney and Obama met on Tuesday to discuss ways of averting a potential civil war in Sudan. They've had similar meetings in the past. The first time, Clooney had a photo of him and the president enlarged and sent to his father, journalist Nick Clooney, saying, "Not bad for a kid from Kentucky."

Clooney told the Associated Press, "My Dad sent me back a picture of him in the Oval Office interviewing Gerald Ford and he's like, you know, 'Stand in line, pal!"'

Clooney seemed at home speaking with the president and other Washington officials this week, but said he has no interest in running for office himself.