Obama win makes Oprah weep, DiCaprio proud

Wed Nov 5, 2008 3:51pm EST
 
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oprah Winfrey wept tears of joy, Leonardo DiCaprio said he was proud to be an American and several hip-hop music stars said Sen. Barack Obama's election as the first black U.S. president fulfilled the dreams of America's youth.

Celebrities played a large, and sometimes controversial, role in Obama's election campaign, organizing fund-raisers, performing at rallies and campaigning on his behalf.

Republican candidate John McCain used Obama's popularity with actors and musicians during the campaign to mock the Illinois senator as little more than a celebrity himself.

But when Obama was declared president-elect on Tuesday, his A-list supporters spoke out again.

DiCaprio, in Rome for the Italian premiere of his movie "Body of Lies", told reporters on Wednesday he had stayed up all night watching the election.

"I couldn't be more proud of my country right now and proud of being an American ... I feel overwhelmed and I feel a tremendous weight has been lifted from my shoulders," the "Titanic" star said.

Talk-show host Winfrey, one of America's most influential women, campaigned with Obama last year. On Tuesday night, millions of TV viewers saw her in tears among the tens of thousands gathered in Chicago for Obama's victory speech.

"It feels like America did the right thing," Winfrey told CNN. "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."   Continued...

 
<p>Oprah Winfrey awaits the arrival of Barack Obama at his election night rally in Chicago November 4, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young</p>