OK—I never watched E.R. when George Clooney on it. So I have no mystique or history surrounding who he is, what he is about, what he is capable of doing or being. But what a year he's had, deservedly so, and this week, three Oscar nominations later, who can't love him, admire him, want him to be recognized for being more than his pretty face, for putting his politics where his face and his money and mouth are? I feel like he's an exemplar that beauty is more than skin deep. Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck, two admirable movies he was involved in this past year, both getting the attention and recognition they deserve. And Clooney, instrumental in the energy and momentum behind and inside both of them. I cut his photo out of the gossip section of The Oregonian, hung it on the refrigerator. So refreshing when a pretty face isn't an ego-addled Hollywood freak. Hope for America if someone like this decides to dedicate his life to taking on the Big Picture issues. And gain 35 pounds to play a supporting actor role.