Oprah Winfrey joined hands with political veteran Jesse Jackson to celebrate the news that Senator Barack Obama’s landslide victory to become the 44th President of the United States of America.
Oprah joined thousands of people at Grant Park in Chicago, where the President Elect took to the stage to address his supporters and the world.
She joined audience members who leapt into the air, waving American flags.
Oprah Winfrey and Rev. Jesse Jackson celebrate the news that Senator Barack Obama will be the next President of the United States in Grant Park, Chicago
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During an emotional interview Oprah said: ‘It feels like hope won. It feels like it’s not just a victory for,obviously, Barack Obama, it feels like America did the right thing. It feels like there’s a shift in consciousness.
It feels like something big and bold happened here, like nothing ever in our lifetime did we expect to happen.
‘Something big just happened here’.
Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman and Jessica Alba watched the evening’s events at the Republic and Democrat Election Night Party in New York
TV titan Oprah, whose public support of Obama has proved a huge boost to his campaign, was so confident of him winning the election, she has already chosen a dress for his inauguration.
She said earlier in the day: ‘We’re going to remember this forever. Your kids will be telling their kids that they were there in the booth with their parents.’
Winfrey cast her vote early last week after queuing for over an hour at a Chicago polling station.
Hollywood favourite: Obama celebrates his landslide victory with wife Michelle and daughters Malia (R) and Sasha (L)
Oprah was one of a number of celebrities offering visible and vocal support to Democrat candidate Obama.
The celebration at Chicago’s Grant Park where Obama spoke to the party faithful after learning he was the President Elect was the hottest ticket in America.
Obama officials confided that for every Hollywood star given a VIP invitation, nine others had begged to come and been refused.
Yesterday many of Hollywood’s biggest stars joined the expected 130million Americans at the voting booth on Tuesday to cast their vote on US politics biggest election night for some years.
Up early to vote was Sarah Jessica Parker and her actor husband Matthew Broderick, who brought along their six-year-old son James Wilkie.
The Sex And The City star has been a prominent celebrity campaigner for Obama and over the weekend worked as a volunteer manning the phones in Washington D.C, and speaking to undecided voters.
As the family arrived at a West Village polling station on Tuesday, it was clear they would be voting Obama as they proudly wore badges of the Democrat candidate on their coats.
Even little James Wilkie – who will have to wait another 12 years to vote – was wearing an Obama badge.
Regular Democrat campaigner Ben Affleck, who supported John Kerry’s bid for President in 2004, proudly showed off his ‘I Voted’ sticker as he left a centre in Santa Monica, California.
Early risers Justin Timberlake, dressed in a grayscale American flag t-shirt and his actress girlfriend Jessica Biel voted at 7am in Hollywood.
Obama supporters: Ben Affleck (L) and Justin Timberlake (R) both cast their vote in LosAngeles on Tuesday
Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs leaves a voting booth in New York after voting for Obama
The couple appeared together at a rally for Obama in Las Vegas last month.
Timberlake said: ‘We’ve never publicly endorsed before. But we’ve never been so inspired by one person.’
Rapper Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who has been campaigning for years to encourage more young people and more African-Americans to vote, cast his decision in New York today.
He also appeared at a rally with singer Beyonce, rapper Jay Z and R ‘n’ B star Mary J Blige.
Rap the vote: Beyonce and Diddy appeared at a rally in Philadelphia to encourage voting among young people
Leaving the voting station, he said: ‘I felt like my vote was the vote that put him into office. It was down to one vote, and that was going to be my vote.
‘And that may not be true, but that’s how much power it felt like I had.
‘I’m not trying to be dramatic, but I just felt like, Martin Luther King, and I felt the whole civil rights movement, I felt all that energy, and I felt my kids. It was all there at one time. It was a joyous moment.’
New mother Christina Aguilera and her husband Jordan Bratman left their son Max at home as they voted in a Beverly Hills polling centre near their home.
Voting mother: Christina Aguilera seals her vote in a Beverly Hills polling centre
Singer-actress Lindsay Lohan urged fans to vote on her MySpace page on Monday night before going to do the deed herself in LA the following day.
Gosford Park actor Ryan Philippe was also up with the sunrise to vote for Obama near his Los Angeles home.
Philippe, ex-husband of Reese Witherspoon, has also been campaigning for the Illinois Senator in recent weeks and spent last weekend in Missouri attempting to encourage student to vote for Obama.
At the polling station, Philippe was asked who he was voting for, to which he replied: ‘Who do you think?’
Obama’s girl: Lindsay Lohan showed her support in Beverly Hills
Casting their vote: Actor Ryan Philippe (L) and veteran talk show host Larry King (R) voted in Los Angeles
Action man-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger also voted in LA with his wife Maria Shriver.
Schwarzenegger is a member of the Republican party, while Shriver – a relative of the Kennedys – is a life-long Democrat.
Former O.C. actress Rachel Bilson queued outside an LA polling station with her boyfriend, Star Wars actor Hayden Christensen.
While Bilson voted Obama, but her beau missed out on the chance to vote because he is Canadian.
Couples watch: Rachel Bilson (L) voted while her Canadian actor boyfriend Hayden Christensen accompanied her, while Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver (R) were expected to vote opposing sides
Veteran talk show host Larry King also woke up early to vote in Beverly Hills, while Spike Lee was spotted chatting to voters in Chicago.
Rapper Pharrell Williams queued for five hours in Miami, Florida on Sunday to register his early vote.
German supermodel Heidi Klum voted for the first time after recently receiving U.S. citizenship.
She said: ‘I just got my citizenship for America, so now I’m going to be voting, too. I’m voting for Obama.’
Big hopes: Director Spike Lee photographs voter Eula Johnson at a Chicago polling station