George Clooney went to London, the UK, along with his wife Amal, only two days after he attended Barack Obama’s farewell party at the White House, to host a special screening of the Netflix documentary The White Helmets. There, he was interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, so he used the opportunity to share his most moving memory from the outgoing POTUS’ two mandates.
“The idea that the president of the U.S. can show up in South Carolina after nine people in a church had been shot and sing ‘Amazing Grace’ – and the way he sang ‘Amazing Grace’ – was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen in my life!” 55 years old actor told The Hollywood Reporter. Clooney referred to a tragic event that happened in Jun 2015, when nine people were gunned down by a racist white man in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina. President Obama showed up at the funeral of the Revenant Clementa Pinckney, who was also killed in the shooting, where he started to sing – at first solo – and then followed by the mourners.
“I couldn’t imagine any other president in our history doing that,” said Clooney. ”He moved us in a way, and those family members moved us by not retaliating and keeping the city calm. It was such a moving moment that I’ll always remember.”
Although he openly supported Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, Clooney stated he hopes Trump will succeed as a new POTUS. “We have to hope that he can do a decent job, because when the President of the United States fails, really terrible things happen!”
He remembered previous presidents of the United States, saying how the country was generally lucky with elected presidents. “When we needed the first president, we had George Washington,” said Clooney. “We had Jefferson, Adams. When we had the Civil War, we had Lincoln…” The actor said he considers that the U.S. “got a little unlucky” choosing George W. Bush as a president after 9/11 tragedy, and it might be also the case with the new president-elect. “I think we’re going to be a little unlucky now,” said Clooney. “I can only hope for the best.”