Celebrities and Obama

Celebrities and Obama
ESSENCE.COM Apr, 28, 2009

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We can’t remember a time when a First Family was so warmly admired by celebrities and newsmakers. The Obamas’ mass appeal to stars of film, television, music and sports could perhaps be something of a first. In celebration of their first 100 days in the White House, we take a look at some of the Obamas’ biggest supporters.

Here, the President talks golf with sports great Tiger Woods on April 20.

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Pop phenom Usher—who’s also the founder of The New Look Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at empowering youth—hits Washington in mid April for a hearing on improving America’s commitment to service and volunteerism.

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Usher was on hand for a bill signing of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act in Washington, D.C. on April 19. This act increases levels of volunteerism and supports and expands service programs such as AmeriCorps.

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President Barack Obama made a special visit to “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on March 19. His appearance marked the first time a sitting president has ever been on a late-night talk show. Leno called the experience “the greatest night of my life.”

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In conjunction with Women’s History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama called on many stars to speak to students in the nation’s capital—and, boy, did they answer.

“Even though they’ve got this wonderful image of the White House, they need to be reminded that we’re close and this isn’t a distant relationship,” Mrs. Obama told Kerry Washington.

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Before Mrs. Obama left to speak to students at Anacostia High School, she chatted with Alicia Keys, who posed as the First Lady in the May 2009 issue of Glamour magazine.

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President Barack Obama thanks Stevie Wonder after honoring the music legend with the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an East Room tribute at the White House on February 25. Stevie’s hits served as an informal soundtrack on Obama’s presidential campaign.

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The President watches his former home team, the Chicago Bulls, take on the Washington Wizards on Friday, Feb. 27.

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Teen star Keke Palmer enjoys an Obama sandwich with First Lady Michelle Obama and First Daughters Malia, left, and Sasha. The actress cohosted the Kids’ Inaugural Ball: We Are The Future, at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The concert payed homage to military families, a cause close to Mrs. Obama’s heart.

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Oprah Winfrey made sure to be on hand for President Obama’s inauguration. The media mogul was also in the crowds on Election Night at Chicago’s Grant Park cheering on her Chi-town pal.

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The Obamas and Beyoncé share admiration for one another after the pop star performed “At Last” for the couple’s first dance as President and First Lady on Inauguration Night. “It was the highlight of my career so far,” Beyoncé shared recently in an interview with late-night talk-show host David Letterman.

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Tyra Banks celebrated President Obama’s inauguration on her talk show by creating her own life-size cutouts of the First Family.

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Oscar winner Jamie Foxx was on hand to speak during President Obama’s inaugural activities. In fact, we can’t think of a Hollywood A-lister who wasn’t in D.C. for that historic weekend.

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Mary J. Blige wows the crowd in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the “We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration At The Lincoln Memorial” concert.

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Vote or Die!, the voting campaign made popular by hip-hop mogul Diddy to encourage youth and college students to vote, made a comeback during Obama’s bid for the presidency. Joining Diddy at a rally were Kevin Liles, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

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Beyoncé opens performance at the 40th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on February 12 in Los Angeles.

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General Colin Powell joins in the fun, singing an impromptu duet with Wyclef Jean at the BET Inaugural Ball.

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Hill Haper, who was a Harvard Law classmate of President Obama, campaigned hard for his friend and was a member of Obama’s campaign finance team.

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Stevie Wonder, Usher and Colombian singer Shakira perform during the “We Are One” concert.

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Fashion designers and proud supporters of Barack Obama, Frankie Morello’s Maurizio Monica and Pierfrancesco Gigliotti walk the runway with their models during Milan Fashion Week.

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The Obamas and Beyoncé share admiration for one another after the pop star performed for the couple’s first song.