Obama addressed the crowd shortly after 7 p.m.. He thanked Katzenberg for putting the event together and Clooney for hosting it at his house, according to a pool report. The president noted that he spotted a “Hope” poster, by Shepard Fairey, hanging in Clooney’s house.
“People don't realize that the photograph of me is actually me sitting next to George” at an event when Clooney was advocating on behalf of Darfur, the president told the crowd. “We struck up a friendship,” he said, and then he joked, to much laughter: “This is the first time that George Clooney has actually been photo-shopped out of a picture. Never happened before, will never happen again.”
Obama added: "But the wonderful thing is the artist actually sent George -- some of you have seen this -- a print with my picture and his picture right next to each other with the same -- in the same format. Why he said at the bottom, 'Dope and Hope' I don't know. I don't think that's fair."
As for the record-breaking evening, Obama said: "We raised a lot of money because everybody loves George. They like me, they love him. And rightfully so. Not only is he an unbelievable actor, but he is one of those rare individuals who is at ease with everybody. He seems to occupy a constant state of grace, and uses his extraordinary talents on behalf of something truly important.”