“As LA/Hollywood fundraisers go, the trappings of this one didn’t put it in the top 10,” said the White House pool report from The New York Times’ Jackie Calmes.
“While Clooney has a charming Tudor house in a verdant setting (a group favorite: the sign on a tree on the winding drive that said ‘Pot-bellied pig Crossing,’ for Clooney’s late pet, Max), the tented setting on his b’ball court was just so-so,” it added.
Even the setting took a hit. “The tent had black walls that one person in the pool likened to garbage bags, and a clear roof so that you could see the sky and trees of the wooded hillside property. White paper lanterns of different sizes hung from the roof, celadon-green wallboards with mirrors were at the front and rear, centerpieces of blue hydrangeas graced each table and two slender, tall white urns flanked the short stage with branches of white blossoms.”