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Celebs get in on inauguration festivities

January 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
President-elect Barack Obama got a lot of support from Hollywood during his campaign. And now that he's won, a lot of familiar faces headed East to the nation's capital for the inauguration festivities. Oprah Winfrey decided Washington, D.C., is the place to be, so she took her Chicago-based show on the road.

"On this very special Martin Luther King holiday, I can't think of any place I'd rather be in the world than right here, right now," said Winfrey.

She's not alone. Celebrities are flocking to the nation's capital in droves to be a part of the celebration

"We come here knowing that we are all in this together," said actor Denzel Washington.

U2's Bono even serenaded the new president. From U2 to Bruce Springsteen to Stevie Wonder, they all consider this concert on the mall as a warm-up to many inaugural balls headlined by the likes of Sheryl Crow and Beyonce. In person and online, Hollywood is getting in on the act. They are pledging to be part of Obama's movement for change.

"I pledge to be a servant to our president and all mankind because together we can and together we will be the change we seek," wrote Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher in an online message.

You'll continue to see familiar showbiz faces involved in the inaugural festivals. Musicians Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman were in rehearsals Monday for their roles in Tuesday's ceremonies.


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