The first word on
Barack Obama 's historic nomination acceptance speech from a bevy
of celebrities in attendance was decidedly partisan: "It was excellent,"
Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie said. "It was amazing."
his speech-song Yes We Can with John Legend during the run-up
to Obama's speech. Susan Sarandon and Anne Hathaway sang
along in the stands as Sheryl Crow performed Change is Gonna Come,
and crooner Michael McDonald prompted many a flag wave with his
rendition of America the Beautiful.
Stars over the moon about Obama's
speech August 30, 2008, 7:38 am
Anne Hathaway admits
she wasn't initially sold on Barack Obama.
"I was kind of afraid
of Obama the first time I saw him," she told the Associated Press
at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. "I thought, 'I've
been burned by guys like you before.'
"I've been burned
by politicians before that I wanted to believe in and just didn't
live up to it," the newly single star explained. "And I was afraid
to trust him and I was afraid to have hope when I first kind of
became aware of him."
She said she had
a change of heart "around the time that he gave his speech on
"I just said, 'I
can't deny how I feel about you, Barack Obama. I want you to be
the president. I want you in the White House,'" she said.
Not only does she
believe Obama can "cause change," she said, but "he understands
how hard it is.
"I just heard the
other day, he just paid off his student loans two years ago,"
she said. "And so when people talk about financial issues and
the higher cost of education, he really gets it."
She added, "I think
he's the sort of person that inspires us all to be our best selves.
Hathaway is among
the famous faces under the Creative Coalition banner who are attending
DNC luncheons and forums to discuss issues facing the Democratic
She said she isn't
against the idea of celebrities being politically active.
She said there is
a perception that "we're all out of touch. How could we possibly
have an awareness of what real Americans feel and think and need
because we just ride around in limos and - I don't know - buy
diamonds all day long?
"But I don't know
anyone like that," Hathaway went on. "I'm certainly not like that.
I'm a passionate American, and that's what I am first and foremost."
Anne Hathaway: "I Was Afraid
of Obama the First Time I Saw Him" Tuesday August 26, 2008
Emotional stars like Oprah Winfrey and Kanye West
had nothing but praise for Barack Obama's acceptance speech in
Denver Thursday night.
Other celebs in attendance included Fergie, Rosario
Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama, Star Jones, Susan Sarandon, Anne
Hathaway and Kerry Washington.
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Friday August 29, 2008