George Clooney and Steve Wynn Fall Out Over President Obama
Talk of politics and shots of Tequila can be a dangerous combination. But George Clooney can tell you more about that.
The two-time Oscar winner and Las Vegas hotel tycoon Steve Wynn agree they got into a loud disagreement about President Barack Obama over dinner at Botero Restaurant two weeks ago. Just who started the spat though, well, that depends on who’s telling the story.
We’ll start with George’s account
The notorious commitmentphobe was in Sin City to promote his Casamigos Tequila during the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Convention and decided to make a pit stop at the infamous Wynn Resort for dinner with the owner. Steak and lobster, however, weren’t the only things sizzling. According to George, it was Steve who ignited the confrontation.
A passionate Clooney revealed the origins of the drahmah in an e-mail to The Las Vegas Review-Journal:
“He called the president an a**hole. That is a fact…I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said, ‘Your friend is an a**hole.’… At that point, I told Steve that HE was an a**hole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass. And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”
Steve, of course, says George was the aggressor, not him. In Wyn’s account of the disastrous evening, things spiraled out of control when one of the other guests at the table made a joke about Mikhail Gorbachev and Clooney “stood up and threw a hissy fit.” Things deteriorated further when Wynn, an outspoken critic of Obamacare, chimed in about the Affordable Care Act.
“Then he sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act, and that’s when I spoke up. He didn’t like that either. I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
If you ask Steve, George ought to pop a cork in the tequila if you intends on engaging in intelligent conversations with others.
“When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president. He got up and said, ‘I don’t have to listen to this (expletive) stuff.’ The only person who got excited at the table was George, and he ran off to another bar. […] Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober. If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.”