http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/wor...d-Obama-advice-issues-body-language-Iraq.html By Caroline Graham and Sharon Churcher Last updated at 11:39 AM on 11th August 2008 George Clooney once famously declared he could never run for public office because heâd âslept with too many women, done too many drugs and been to too many partiesâ. But now the Hollywood heart-throb has entered the political arena at the highest level â by becoming an unofficial adviser to US Presidential front-runner Barack Obama. Oscar-winner Clooney, 47, is said to be helping the Democratic candidate to polish his image at home and abroad. But he is also sharing with Obama his strong opinions on Iraq and the Middle East. Obama Close: Oscar-winner George Clooney is said to call Barack Obama at least twice a week Sources say the actor has tried to hide the pairâs friendship for fear his Left-wing views and playboy image would hurt the Presidential hopefulâs bid for the White House. But Democratic Party insiders have revealed that Clooney and Obama regularly send texts and emails to each other and speak by phone at least twice a week. One said last night: âThey are extremely close. A number of members of the Hollywood community, including Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, offered to help raise funds for Barack but it was with George that he struck up this amazing affinity. âGeorge has been giving him advice on things such as presentation, public speaking and body language and he also emails him constantly about policy, especially the Middle East. âGeorge is pushing him to be more âbalancedâ on issues such as US relations with Israel. 'George is pro-Palestinian. And he is also urging Barack to withdraw unconditionally from Iraq if he wins. âItâs a very risky relationship. His hope of becoming Americaâs first black President depends heavily on winning over conservative voters and it would be suicidal for him to be perceived as a tool of a Hollywood Leftie, which is how they regard George. âBut they text and email each other almost every day and speak on the phone at least a couple of times a week, often more.â The Oceanâs Eleven star is among many Hollywood figures to have endorsed Obama, including Barbra Streisand, Scarlett Johansson, Warren Beatty and Steven Spielberg. One of Clooneyâs trusted acquaintances said: âGeorge is a master at crafting his own image and he is helping Obama to hone his image both domestically and abroad. 'He told me he feels Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime leader. He is doing everything he can behind the scenes to bolster support in Hollywood, not just with other celebrities but with the money men at the studios.â The acquaintance added: âHe has tried to keep the true extent of their involvement out of the Press because he is frightened of alienating voters.â Clooney himself has admitted in an interview: âIâve had the conversation with him saying, âLook, Iâll give you whatever support you need, including staying completely away from you.ââ The star has never tried to hide his liberal views and last week announced he is making a Â£15million film about the lawyer who defended Osama Bin Ladenâs former driver, Salim Hamdan, on terror charges. Clooneyâs spokesman Stan Rosen-feld said last night: âI know they have spoken. I view it as a private conversation.â Obamaâs Press office did not comment.