Clooney, Wynn: Handbags at dawn over Barack Obama slight

My grandma used to say that Drunk People and Kids does not tell lies; is that true?

April 25, 2014, 12:35 AM ET

The expletive rhymes with “grass knoll,” and the next time you share a tipple with George Clooney, best not refer to his pal Barack Obama as one.

Billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn made that mistake earlier, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, and the Hollywood hunk stormed out of the restaurant in a tizzy. Wynn said he was drunk on his own tequila. Clooney denies that.

“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.” That according to an email through Clooney’s publicist.

Sounds like tequila, alright.

Wynn, of course, saw it differently. He said Clooney took exception when one of the other guests told a joke about former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev. “He stood up and threw a hissy fit,” Wynn told the Review Journal in an interview.

He was just warming up, apparently.

“Then he sat down and started talking about the Affordable Care Act, and that’s when I spoke up,” said Wynn. “He didn’t like that either. I think my discussion about the Affordable Care Act was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

And my favorite barb from Wynn: “When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.” Who doesn’t? At that point, he said Clooney stormed off to another bar. For more booze, presumably.

“Clooney’s fun to be with when he’s sober,” Wynn added. “If you have a chance to drink with him, you want to get there early, and don’t stay late.”

This story has all the tasty ingredients of an epic flame war. Political affiliations, star power and some alleged drunken rants. As I’m sure our MarketWatch readers will, Twitter had a grand ol’ time with this one:



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