It’s movie night at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Obama has invited cast and crew members of “The Monuments Men” to the White House for a private screening of their film, which tells the story of the soldiers tasked with recovering and protecting treasured art looted by the Nazis.
The guest list includes actors Matt Damon, Grant Heslov, Bill Murray and George Clooney, who directed and starred in the flick and who just so happens to a be a big supporter of the President. Clooney hosted a lavish, record-breaking fundraiser for Obama at his home in Studio City in 2012.
White House curators, members of the Jewish community and the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will also attend tonight’s screening. Officials from the State Department’s Cultural Heritage Center also made the guest list, according to the White House, which described them as “our country’s modern day monuments men and woman.”
“Cultural heritage preservation is a vital tool of foreign policy. Celebrating and preserving diverse heritages strengthens the foundation of bilateral relationships. For over 30 years, the State Department’s Cultural Heritage Center has been a leader in global preservation for cultural heritage sites and objects,” according to the White House.
Attendees include: * George Clooney * Nick and Nina Clooney * Bill Murray * Matt Damon * Grant Heslov * Robert Edsel, writer of the book The Monuments Men * Harry Ettlinger, living member of the original Monument Men group * Bill Burns, Deputy Secretary of State * Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State * David Wade, State Department Chief of Staff * Richard Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Affairs * Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs * Bill McHugh, Secretary of the Army * Sara Bloomfield, Director the US Holocaust Memorial Museum * Rabbi Jack Moline, Agudas Achim Congregation * Susan Hildreth, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services * David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States