"The Monuments Men" Screens For President Obama At The White House's Family Theater
The film screened for the POTUS and the First Lady on Tuesday.
The Monuments Men – the Matt Damon and George Clooney-starring flick about a World War II platoon charged with protecting important works of art – was screened at a private White House event on Tuesday night. The movie follows the band of soldiers, as they are ordered by president Roosevelt to go into Germany to rescue masterpieces stolen by Nazis.
The movie stars a brilliant cast, which includes Clooney, Damon, John Goodman and Bill Murray, among others.
The movie was written and produced by Clooney, a generous donor to Obama's political campaigns, and Grant Heslov. While Clooney is a longtime supporter of Obama and hosted a fundraiser for his reelection at his Studio City home in May 2012. Damon on the other hand, has expressed his disillusionment with the president and his policies before. Most recently, Damon told BET last year that Obama "broke up with him," and he expressed concerns about U.S. drone operations under Obama and revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden about the agency's spying programs. To that valid criticism, Obama responded with some of his own: "Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well, Matt, I just saw The Adjustment Bureau, so right back atcha, buddy!"
Screenings at the Family Theater are not unusual, especially with films of historical relevance like The Monuments Men. However, Tuesday’s screening was not open to the press, so we may never know what the POTUS thought of Clooney’s directorial effort.
Not your average war movie: The Monuments Men is out in theaters now.