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Celebrities Celebrate Obama Victory
Posted on Wed Nov 5, 2008 01:21 PM PDT

 obamaprez200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Many celebrities are celebrating Barack Obama's election and expressing optimism for the new administration heading to Washington in January.

"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," George Clooney told Entertainment Tonight.

Clooney had previously expressed his support for Obama during the president-elect's campaign.

On Wednesday morning's "The View," Elizabeth Hasselbeck - one of McCain's most visible and vocal supporters - acknowledge the extraordinary election.

"No one lost today — and God knows I fought hard on the other side. Today is a victory for this country. The first black president. The first black first lady. The first black family. I haven't felt this good (about an election)."

Madonna, who was performing in San Diego when the victory was announced, briefly interrupted her show.

"This is a historical evening!" Madonna said. "We are lucky to be sharing it with each other!"

In Los Angeles, Courtney Cox and David Arquette hosted an Obama victory party attended by celebrity friends including Jennifer Aniston and John Mayer. At one point Arquette brought out a large bottle of champagne to share with photographers who'd gathered outside their home.

Oprah Winfrey, who has supported Obama since early in the primary, was at Grant Park in Chicago to witness the president-elect's acceptance speech.

"It feels like hope won," she told Britain's BBC News. "It feels like there's a shift in consciousness. It feels like something really big and bold has happened here, like nothing ever in our lifetimes did we expect this to happen." She said no longer will there be just red states and blue states, and that "the color purple rules."


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