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Clooney Under Fire For Abramoff Jab At Golden Globes
WKMG-TV NEWS ^ | 1-23-2006

Posted on 01/23/2006 1:48:18 PM PST by Cagey

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Actor George Clooney's off-color joke at the Golden Globes about Jack Abramoff's name reduced the disgraced lobbyist's 12-year-old daughter to tears.

That's according to Abramoff's father, Frank Abramoff, who scolded the actor in an open letter on Palm Spring's Desert Sun newspaper Web site.

Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Globe for "Syriana," a multilayered political thriller about corruption in the global oil industry. During his speech, he poked fun at Abramoff's first name, and part of his last name -- which drew laughter from the crowd.

The lobbyist's father wrote on the Desert Sun's site that he was astonished by the actor's "glib and ridiculous attack" during last Monday's televised program.

He wrote that the 12-year-old girl was in "a fit of tears" after hearing Clooney's remarks.

"Your words were deeply hurtful to many innocent and decent people," Frank Abramoff wrote in the paper. "One day the truth about my son will come out and there will be a lot of people in your industry and others lined up to apologize for their efforts to destroy him and our family."

Clooney did not respond to Frank Abramoff's letter, but his father, broadcaster Nick Clooney, did.

Nick Clooney told the The Desert Sun he understood Abramoff's father's anger, saying that he knew what it was like to have a child criticized in a "very public way" and that it is "very painful and it's difficult."

However, Nick Clooney added, "The difference here, and it must be said, is Mr. Abramoff's son, instead of pursuing some positive efforts to do what he hoped would change the climate of the American politics, has confessed and has been convicted by that confession of subverting the political process."

Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud.

In a statement after the guilty plea, Abramoff's lawyer said that his client will work with federal investigators and others "to fully resolve all matters of interest" and make amends. Federal prosecutors are examining whether several Capitol Hill lawmakers received favors from Abramoff or his clients.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: California
KEYWORDS: abramhoff; goldenglobes; hollywoodleft

1 posted on 01/23/2006 1:48:19 PM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Dems are not only short on ideas, they are obviously short on manners.


2 posted on 01/23/2006 1:49:11 PM PST by mlc9852
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George Clooney, Jack Abramoff

3 posted on 01/23/2006 1:49:21 PM PST by Cagey
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George Clooney, Jack Abramoff

4 posted on 01/23/2006 1:49:25 PM PST by Cagey
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To: Cagey

Couldn't happen to a better ma (no I can't say man, how about) it couldn't happen to a better fool!!!!


5 posted on 01/23/2006 1:50:12 PM PST by JLGALT
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To: Cagey

Oh the humanity. I am shocked and dismayed that George Clooney could be so boorish. </ sarc>


6 posted on 01/23/2006 1:50:26 PM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: Cagey

George is only good at playing himself in movies...


7 posted on 01/23/2006 1:51:10 PM PST by Kimmers
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To: Cagey

He seems to selectively forget that Abramhoff gave money to Dems too.

Nitwit.


8 posted on 01/23/2006 1:51:42 PM PST by conservativebabe
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To: Cagey

More proof that actors should stick to acting.


9 posted on 01/23/2006 1:51:50 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Cagey

"Sometimes class skips a generation."


10 posted on 01/23/2006 1:52:09 PM PST by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: Cagey
"However, Nick Clooney added, "The difference here, and it must be said, is Mr. Abramoff's son, instead of pursuing some positive efforts to do what he hoped would change the climate of the American politics, has confessed and has been convicted by that confession of subverting the political process."

Well, the apple didn't fall far from the tree now did it?
11 posted on 01/23/2006 1:52:22 PM PST by yer gonna put yer eye out (Note to NYT: Those who spin, cannot win...(think Johnny Cochran))
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To: Cagey
"One day the truth about my son will come out and there will be a lot of people in your industry and others lined up to apologize for their efforts to destroy him and our family."

Don't count on it, Mr. Abramoff. The people in that industry don't have the cojones to admit when they are wrong.

12 posted on 01/23/2006 1:52:51 PM PST by RabidBartender
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To: Cagey

George Clooney, same guy that cost Kerry the election right? Wow some powerful dude.


13 posted on 01/23/2006 1:53:40 PM PST by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody got a peanut.....)
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To: Cagey
Well, it must've been perfectly innocent seeing as how they quoted Clooney in the article....

During his speech, he poked fun at Abramoff's first name, and part of his last name -- which drew laughter from the crowd.

Oh, wait... they didn't.

14 posted on 01/23/2006 1:54:03 PM PST by mwyounce
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To: Cagey
Nick Clooney, George's father, is a "pro-life Democrat" and once hosted American Movie Classics when it actually lived up to its name.

It's heartbreaking to think that this is the family that gave us the late Rosemary Clooney, but I believe she was a Kennedyite herself.

15 posted on 01/23/2006 1:57:28 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Shallach 'et `ammi veya`avduni!)
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To: Cagey

"Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Globe for "Syriana," a multilayered political thriller about corruption in the global oil industry."

Bet he had an orgasm in that role. It probably wouldn't be as good as an expose of the "American military-indutrial complex" in this cretin's mind, but powerful enough nevertheless.


16 posted on 01/23/2006 1:58:03 PM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Cagey

boo hoo. Cry me a river...


17 posted on 01/23/2006 1:58:50 PM PST by Homer1
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To: Cagey

They all need to grow skins. "I don't get it." Would have been my response to Clooney.


18 posted on 01/23/2006 2:00:55 PM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Cagey
"One day the truth about my son will come out and there will be a lot of people in your industry and others lined up to apologize for their efforts to destroy him and our family."

Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty earlier this month to federal charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud.

It appears that the truth has already come out. Abramoff was responsible for his own actions as well as the shame he brought upon his family.

He's fair game.

19 posted on 01/23/2006 2:01:24 PM PST by Freebird Forever (If they're truly public servants, why do they live in the mansions?)
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To: yer gonna put yer eye out

"The apples don't fall far from the tree, do they?"

Yep, that Georgie boy is a chip of the old man's block. Their both left wing idiots not deserving of air time.


20 posted on 01/23/2006 2:01:44 PM PST by AlphaOneAlpha
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To: Cagey

“Who would name their kid Jack with the last words ‘off’ at the end of your last name? No wonder that guy is screwed up,”


21 posted on 01/23/2006 2:01:45 PM PST by Homer1
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To: Cagey

I thought about this story and wondered if George Clooney would have said what he said to Abramoff's face. Kinda doubt it.


22 posted on 01/23/2006 2:03:25 PM PST by D_Idaho
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To: Cagey
However, Nick Clooney added, "The difference here, and it must be said, is Mr. Abramoff's son, instead of pursuing some positive efforts to do what he hoped would change the climate of the American politics, has confessed and has been convicted by that confession of subverting the political process."

I think I may find myself in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with Clooney on this one.

23 posted on 01/23/2006 2:04:32 PM PST by untrained skeptic
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To: Cagey

As he continues to flap his gums, patronage to his movies is receding faster than his hairline.


24 posted on 01/23/2006 2:07:20 PM PST by oneofmany
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To: Cagey
Clooney won a Best Supporting Actor Globe for "Syriana," a multilayered political thriller about corruption in the global oil industry.
Translation: His good buddies gave him an award because they want to promote his politics, despite the fact his movie's a piece of crap.
25 posted on 01/23/2006 2:07:23 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Cagey

Clooney has no class? What a surprise. I saw his speech. The laughter was muted. He left the stage pretty much looking like the idiot he is.

I heard O'Reilly talk briefly about his recent meeting with Clooney. Adds a lot of credibility to O'Reilly saying Clooney is a very immature man.


26 posted on 01/23/2006 2:10:32 PM PST by DuckFan4ever (Confirm Alito)
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To: Cagey

Jack could kick Goerge's rear with one pinky...........


27 posted on 01/23/2006 2:11:00 PM PST by fishtank
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To: fishtank

George = Goerge


28 posted on 01/23/2006 2:11:31 PM PST by fishtank
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To: Cagey

bttt just because I don't like George Clooney


29 posted on 01/23/2006 2:14:10 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: untrained skeptic
The difference here, and it must be said, is Mr. Abramoff's son, instead of pursuing some positive efforts to do what he hoped would change the climate of the American politics...

And Georgie's junior high locker room attempt at 'humor' is a 'positive effort to change the climate of American politics?'

30 posted on 01/23/2006 2:16:57 PM PST by elli1
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To: Guenevere

Both father and son (Clooney) are big time losers. Father at his politics, and his idiot savant son as an actor/activist. Dumb is as dumb does, and those two are dumba$$es!


31 posted on 01/23/2006 2:20:23 PM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Cagey
I am certainly not standing up for Cooney but Jack Abramoff is the only one responsible for his daughtor's tears. He is a criminal of the worst sort. He should be jailed and everyone who is convicted of accepting bribes from him should be stripped of office and jailed too.

Now, don't get me started on Clooney, as his family has plenty to be ashamed of as well.

32 posted on 01/23/2006 2:20:25 PM PST by Colorado Doug (Diversity is divisive. E. Pluribus Unum (Out of many, one))
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To: RabidBartender

yup RabidBartender,

most of Hollyweird aren't grounded in reality, and...

a segment of the population don't see the celebs just doing "ME TOO", they're really playing to each other


33 posted on 01/23/2006 2:25:54 PM PST by Dad yer funny
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To: Dad yer funny

George Clooney is a big butt wipe. He can't believe the Hollywood recognition he gets, especially for someone who got his shot from being Rosemary Clooney's nephew and having a sometime role on the FACTS OF LIFE.


34 posted on 01/23/2006 2:33:16 PM PST by outofhere2
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To: Homer1

I think his name should be Jack Congress-off.


35 posted on 01/23/2006 2:40:39 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Peace de Resistance! Viva la Paper towels!)
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To: Cagey

I like when George is being directed; when he is on his own he is a pure Dapper Dan man


36 posted on 01/23/2006 2:52:20 PM PST by SF Republican
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To: Cagey

Reminds me of when guys would go up to our college library front desk and ask the receptionist to page Jack Mehoff.


37 posted on 01/23/2006 3:08:56 PM PST by ghost of nixon
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To: Colorado Doug
Yes, Abromoff is responsible for what he did or didn't do...

..but classless Clooney didn't have to make a joke about it in front of millions of viewers!

Believe it or not, not every family in America has heard of Jack Abromoff or care one whit about politics...

..but you can be sure lots of sheeple watch these silly shows...(Sad to say!)

...and Clooney has no character or class!

38 posted on 01/23/2006 3:15:05 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: Guenevere

Clooneys awful, but hes nowhere near as bad as celebrities like Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover cozying up to their Commie buddies Chavez & Castro while hurling insults at the US and its President. In a word, "Scum."


39 posted on 01/23/2006 3:48:38 PM PST by wingsof liberty (Marines - the few, the proud, the best!!)
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To: Dad yer funny

you right. hollywood believes its own press.


40 posted on 01/23/2006 4:02:56 PM PST by outofhere2
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To: Cagey

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/campfin/players/huang.htm


41 posted on 01/23/2006 6:21:11 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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42 posted on 01/23/2006 6:21:26 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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