Obama says Clooney s a friend
George Clooney. Picture: Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images.

US President Barack Obama says actor George Clooney is a good friend and a good person who is sensitive about protecting their friendship.

Obama says Clooney is low-maintenance and doesn't take advantage of their friendship. He says Clooney keeps his distance so that Obama won't be criticised for hanging out with Hollywood celebrities.

First lady Michelle Obama said of Clooney: "He's cute, too."

In May, Clooney held a fundraiser for Obama at his Los Angeles home that raised nearly $US15 million ($A14.43 million). Clooney is scheduled to hold another fundraiser for Obama later this month in Geneva.

Obama tells Entertainment Tonight in an interview airing on Monday that he got to know Clooney through his work on Sudan when Obama was in the US Senate.

The West Australian

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