Stars were aligned for Barack Obama Tuesday night following the announcement of his victory in the presidential election.
Oprah Winfrey, who has raised money for the Illinois democrat, could not hold back the tears while attending the victory rally in Chicago’s Grant Park.
“I was so, so, so excited and then just sort of a calm came over me,” she told TV’s The Insider. “It feels like it actually is kind of real, so it feels great.” Asked what this means for the country, she said, “It means democracy at its finest. It’s just the best. We did this. America did this.”
Kanye West, whose mother Donda died last November, posted a portrait of the President-elect on his blog with the message: “HI MOM, OBAMA WON!”
Diddy, who turned 39 on Tuesday, delayed his usual birthday bash with the hopes of having a grand birthday/Obama celebration the next night. He gave this promise for the inauguration: “I will definitely DJ at the party for free.”
TLC’s Chili was quoted by E! Online as saying: “This is amazing. …Never thought I’d live to see this.”
Rap mogul Russell Simmons told E!: “The vision of the hip-hop generation and its young people is in full and glorious effect tonight. While many older Americans, who marched and struggled so hard so Senator Obama could run for president of the United States never dared to believe in his candidacy’s real potential, young people, particularly the hip-hop community, had faith and their imagination became our reality.”
The New York Daily News’ Rush & Malloy column collected quotes from celebs around the Big Apple following Obama’s announcement as president.
“I’m so excited right now,” Ethan Hawke told the paper at Comedy Central’s blast at The Park. “I got up at 7:20 this morning, and I voted for Barack. I haven’t had this much optimism in a long time. Tonight is historic!”
Studio boss Harvey Weinstein, who hosted two election bashes in years past where he left in tears, said: “It’s a great day for America.” The movie mogul had invited the Clintons to his fete at Public House, but they’d stayed home to watch the results in Chappaqua.
Actors James Franco, Josh Lucas and Jessica Alba did attend Weinstein’s bash, and when someone put Fox News on the tube, Lucas yelled out, “Change the f—–g channel!” Alba told us, “I was surprised that McCain brought race into his speech. I guess he was trying to bring people together.”
Model Veronica Webb, at designer Tracey Reese’s party at her shop, told the Daily News: “We’ve just moved to New York, but we voted in Florida, where it really counted.”
Amber Lee Ettinger, aka “Obama Girl,” burst into tears at the barelypolitical.com party at NY hotspot Haven when her “crush” was named the new president. “This is the day I’ve been waiting for,” she said.
In a video posted on YouTube, Madonna claps her hands and declares, “This is a historical evening! … We are lucky to be sharing it with each other!”
George Clooney said in a statement: “I congratulate President-elect Obama on his historic victory, and now it’s time to begin unifying the country so we can take on the extraordinary challenges that this generation faces.”
Lindsay Lohan, who just wrapped a stint on ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” wrote on her MySpace page: “OBAMA IS OUR PRESIDENT!” and said that everyone who voted, “no matter their choice … should be proud for voting in the first place.”
Documentary filmmaker Michael Moore responded on his Web site, saying, “Who among us is not at a loss for words? Tears pour out. Tears of joy. Tears of relief. A stunning, whopping landslide of hope in a time of deep despair.”
E! Online reported Courteney Cox and husband David Arquette hosted an Obama victory party Tuesday night at their Beverly Hills home. Sources say that Jennifer Aniston, Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher were among those in attendance.