Quote: "Jay Z's still the king. I mean, he's got a track record. Same with Kanye (West), so there's a lot of talent out there, but when I look at who's breaking new ground, Kendrick (Lamar) and Chance (The Rapper), those guys are doing just amazing work." U.S. President Barack Obama names his favourite hip hop artists.
Fact: The South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) is collaborating with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to hold a special one-day festival at the White House. South by South Lawn will feature topical discussions, short films made by upcoming filmmakers and musical performances, much like SXSW, which is held annually in Texas. South by South Lawn is set to take place on 3 October (16).
Quote: "A lot of folks didn't even think blacks had the tools to be a quarterback. When I was a graduate, the main black hero on TV was Mr. T. Rap and hip-hop were counter-culture. Now (Scandal and Grey's Anatomy producer) Shonda Rhimes owns Thursday night and Beyonce runs the world." U.S. President Barack Obama jokes about the cultural shift in today's society during a commencement speech at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama's daughter Malia Obama has been accepted to Harvard University in Massachusetts. The high school senior will take a year off from school following her graduation next month (June16) and will begin classes at the end of 2017.
Quote: "I asked Barack (Obama)... if he liked one of our name choices and he said he did, but then I realised I should have come up with two so he could pick one. I wanted to ask him 'cause John isn't sold on the name so I figured if he (Obama) liked it, then John would be sold on it... (John) said it's too Hollywood." Pregnant model Chrissy Teigen gained U.S. President Barack Obama's approval for her chosen baby name, but her efforts still failed to sway her husband John Legend. The couple is expecting a baby girl, but has so far kept its favourite picks for names a secret.
Fact: U.S. leader President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have listed their favourite music and films of 2015 - Barack has named The Martian his film of the year, while noting Kendrick Lamar's how Much a Dolla Cost is his top song and The Knick his can't-miss TV show, while the First lady selected Inside Out as her favourite movie, black-ish her TV show of choice and Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars as her playlist music choice.
Quote: "I live in a two-bedroom house and the garage is a little beat-up garage out back... The President's coming and my bathroom door doesn't even work...! It was weird because... I had to ask my neighbour, Denis, if it was OK if they put snipers on his roof... They had to tent my driveway, they closed down my neighbourhood..." Comedian MARC MARON was stunned when U.S. President Barack Obama asked to appear on his podcast in June (15). The funnyman records his show, WTF with Marc Maron Podcast, in his Los Angeles backyard.
Quote: "I would love (my daughter) to have a woman (in the White House), to think, 'If there's a woman president, what is there that I can't do?'. I'm a Democrat. My husband is a Democrat. I'm not one of those who voted for Obama and then said, 'He didn't do me right so now I'm off the Obama ship.' I stand by him to this day. He's implemented health care. It's not perfect, but it's beginning the process." Actress Mila Kunis voices her support for presidential hopeful and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to take over from U.S. President Barack Obama in 2016.
Fact: Rapper Drake has morphed into Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West for his creative new Energy video. The hip-hop star takes on the various personalities in scenes from the Baby hitmaker's Calvin Klein underwear ads, Cyrus' Wrecking Ball promo and West's Bound 2 release, while he also tackles the likes of Oprah Winfrey and U.S. President Barack Obama in other parts of the music video.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama's eldest daughter Malia has landed a job as an intern on the set of Lena Dunham's hit TV drama GIRLS. The First Daughter was photographed on set in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday (02Jul15), a year after joining the crew of Halle Berry's sci-fi series Extant as a production assistant. The teenager, who turns 17 on Saturday (04Jul15), is reportedly eager to work behind the scenes in Hollywood when she is older.
Quote: "The blues has lost its king, and America has lost a legend. B.B. King was born a sharecropper's son in Mississippi, came of age in Memphis, Tennessee, and became the ambassador who brought his all-American music to his country and the world. No one worked harder than B.B. No one inspired more up-and-coming artists. No one did more to spread the gospel of the blues... B.B. may be gone, but that thrill will be with us forever. And there's going to be one killer blues session in heaven tonight." U.S. President Barack Obama adds his tribute to those pouring in for late blues icon B.B. King, who died on Thursday (14May15).
Quote: "The cyber-attack is very serious. We're investigating, we're taking it seriously. We'll be vigilant, if we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we'll alert the public. But for now, my recommendation would be that people go to the movies." U.S. leader Barack Obama urges film fans to hit cinemas in their droves over Christmas following the terrorism threat against theatres screening new comedy The Interview. Sony executives pulled the film from the schedule on Wednesday (17Dec14).
Quote: "She showed me her baby pictures, and that is one cute baby!" U.S. President Barack Obama gushes about Kerry Washington's newborn daughter, Isabelle, after the Scandal actress shared photos of the tot at a political fundraiser she co-hosted in his honour on Wednesday (23Jul14). The baby is the star's first with her husband, former American footballer Nnamdi Asomugha.
Fact: The cast of hit Tv drama Pretty Little Liars received a visit from very special guest on Thursday (19Jun14), when the youngest daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the Los Angeles set. Sasha Obama, 13, and a friend got the chance to hang out with the stars and chat to them in between filming, reports Tmz.com. The teen's trip took place days after it emerged her older sister Malia had landed a week-long gig working as a production assistant on Halle Berry's new Tv show Extant.
Quote: "He was my date and decided that the best thing to do before I went on to sing for the President was to make me laugh so hard that I peed my pants... We had to change the bed!" Lea Michele reveals pal Jonathan Groff tried to calm her nerves before performing for U.S. President Barack Obama at his 2013 inauguration by making the actress burst out into uncontrollable laughter.
Quote: "I stole toilet paper from the White House when the Glee cast sang for Barack Obama." Actress Lea Michele picked up a unique souvenir when she met U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.
Quote: "I watch House of Cards; I haven't watched Scandal yet but Michelle has. I have to tell you life in Washington is a little bit more boring than displayed on the screen. Truth of the matter is most of my day is sitting in a room listening to a bunch of folks in grey suits talking about a whole bunch of stuff that wouldn't make very good television." U.S. President Barack Obama insists the storylines in popular political Tv drama series are far more exciting than what really goes on behind closed doors in the White House.
Quote: "I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself. Getting a bunch of celebrities in the background, you're feeding them pizza." U.S. President Barack Obama takes a dig at Oscars host Ellen Degeneres for breaking his record for most retweeted posts on Twitter.com. During the prizegiving earlier this month (02Mar14), the comedienne staged a star-studded 'selfie' at the Oscars with the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lawrence. The shot was retweeted more than 3.4 million times.
Quote: "I'm sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired. However, spelling and giving it, is a huge difference. The President and I are mutual when it comes to R-E-S-P-E-C-T." Legendary singer Aretha Franklin laughs off U.S. President Barack Obama's spelling flub of her hit song after he stumbled over the lyrics to Respect during her introduction at the Women of Soul event at the White House last week (06Mar14).
Fact: U.S. leader President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper have bet each other a case of beer over the outcome of the upcoming Canada vs U.S.A. ice hockey clash at the Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.
Tweet: "Tomorrow: @HouseOfCards. No spoilers, please." U.S. President Barack Obama warns his followers not to ruin the second season of the hit Netflix political drama before he can view it. New episodes of the Emmy-nominated series starring Kevin Spacey will be available for streaming from Friday (14Feb14).
Fact: Actress Kerry Washington has teamed up with U.S. President Barack Obama to launch a mentor programme for U.S students. The star will front the Turnaround Arts Initiative project aimed at elevating the importance of art subjects in education. Students participating in the programme will have the opportunity to be mentored by many notable figures including U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Quote: "Do I imagine myself having a full-on political career? That seems like a stretch. But who knows? I don't limit the possibilities. If I have more time, I may be able to lend a bigger voice to politics. I never close the door on those kinds of things." Scarlett Johansson, a registered Democrat, contemplates stepping up her political activism in the future after helping to campaign for U.S. President Barack Obama and New York City Comptroller candidate Scott Stringer.
Fact: Oprah Winfrey, Jaime Foxx and Forest Whitaker will join U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday (28Aug13) to mark 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr.'s iconic I Have A Dream speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
Fact: Director Lee Daniels' is planning to host a special screening of his new movie Lee Daniels' THE BUTLER for U.S. President Barack Obama and his family. The movie is based on the story of a real life White House butler and features Orlando Eric Street playing Obama.
Quote: "I wasn't familiar that they were taking the trip. My understanding is that they went through a group that organises these educational trips down to Cuba. This is not something that the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do." U.S. leader President Barack Obama insists he had no knowledge of pals Jay Z and Beyonce's recent trip to Cuba, even though the rapper namechecked him in his new song about the controversial trip.
Tweet: "I hugged Potus. I hugged Potus. I hugged Potus." Jessica Biel shares her excitement after getting up close and personal with Barack Obama, also known as Potus - the President of the United States. The actress accompanied her singer husband Justin Timberlake to meet Obama at the White House on Tuesday (09Apr13) for a music education event.
Quote: "It's hard to believe, in this day of Auto-tune, that people are still acting surprised... Everyone knows Beyonce can sing. Everyone should just step back and relax. There are far more important things to worry about. But I can certainly relate to what she's going through." Milli Vanilli star Fab Morvan, who was caught up in a lip-syncing scandal years ago, defends Beyonce amid allegations she didn't perform the U.S. National Anthem live at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Monday (21Jan13).
Fact: Alicia Keys performed a special rendition of her hit Girl On Fire at U.S. President Barack Obama's Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. on Monday (21Jan13) - she changed the lyrics to Obama's On Fire.
Tweet: "Me and B just hangin' out ....don't worry about it. Seriously, God did good. She is so beautiful!" Singer Kelly Clarkson spends time with Beyonce after both performing at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Monday (21Jan13).
Fact: U.S. leader President Barack Obama has been named CNN's Most Intriguing Person of 2012. Viewers voted Pakistani teen blogger Malala Yousufzai the second most intriguing. Yousufzai was shot by Taliban extremists who disagreed with her equal rights beliefs.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama has been named American magazine Time's Person of the Year for 2012 following his re-election last month (Nov12). He was previously given the honour in 2008 after he swept to power.
Fact: South Korean pop sensation Psy and Diana Ross have signed on to perform for U.S. leader President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle at this year's Christmas in Washington concert. Psy, who performed for Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Wednesday (28Nov12), will close the 9 December (12) gala with a performance of his Gangnam Style hit for the Obamas at the 31st festive show. Demi Lovato and American Idol winner Scotty MCCreery are also set to appear at Christmas In Washington.
Fact: Newly re-elected U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is set to make a cameo appearance on hit Tv comedy Parks And Recreation. Barack Obama's second-in-command will play himself in a scene opposite Amy Poehler. The White House- themed episode will air in the U.S. on 15 November, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Tweet: "Ugh... Obama talking about nuclear power as clean? & deep water drilling?!?! and gets a standing O (ovation) - you dirty... #*%! Not acceptable." Avid environmentalist Daryl Hannah is fuming over newly re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to concentrate on making America less reliant on foreign oil and energy sources.
Fact: Producer Jermaine Dupri has released a new Mariah Carey song the superstar wrote specifically for Barack Obama's re-election campaign. The Hero hitmaker debuted the inspirational ballad, titled Bring It on Home, in June (12) at a special fundraiser for the Democrat, and the pals shared the full tune with fans online early on Wednesday (07Nov12) to celebrate the incumbent leader winning a second term in the White House.
Tweet: "America is making a huge statement!!! Humanity is primary.The people need access to medical care and we Appreciate and Respect Women!!!" Rapper Mc Hammer adds his tweet to all those celebrating President Barack Obama's re-election victory.
Tweet: "Woohoo! Congrats President @BarackObama & 2 all the Americans who made their voices known & heard! I love our great country & our Democracy!" Jessica Alba celebrates President Barack Obama's re-election.
Fact: Clint Eastwood has followed up his infamous chat with an empty chair at America's Republican National Convention by shooting a new Tv advert for the party hoping to oust Barack Obama from the White House. In the new ad for the Republican Super PAC American Crossroads, the movie legend says, "If someone doesn't get the job done, you gotta hold 'em accountable. Obama's second term would be a rerun of the first and our country couldn't survive that."
Quote: "I looked him in the eye and said, 'Please let us know if you have any plans to go into Iran because we'd like to be as current as possible.' (Obama said,) 'We'll be sure to let you know.'" Actor Damian Lewis made Barack Obama pledge to let him know about an Iran invasion to ensure his drama Homeland keeps up to date. The Tv hit is the U.S. President's favourite show.
Fact: Actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Cameron Diaz were among the guests who attended a fundraiser dinner for U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign at Mark’s Club in London on Wednesday (19Sep12). The event was hosted by Vogue boss Anna Wintour.
Fact: New mum Beyonce has designed a small range of baby wear in support of U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election. The Single Ladies hitmaker, who helped raise $4 million (£2.5 million) for the politician by hosting a New York City fundraiser with her husband Jay Z this week (18Sep12), has created three onesies, complete with campaign slogans in patriotic colours, which will retail for $65 (£41).
Fact: Actresses Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kerry Washington are all expected to address attendees at America's Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday (06Sep12). Eva Longoria is also scheduled to step up to the podium shortly before U.S. President Barack Obama takes the stage to officially accept his party's nomination for presidency in the November (12) elections.
Tweet: "i hate politics, but at least i care about this country... if Obama wasn't president, America would be flushed down the toilet... if romney wins i'm moving to africa." Michael Jackson's politically-aware daughter Paris pledges her support for U.S. President Barack Obama as he prepares for re-election in November (12) against Republican Mitt Romney.
Quote: "She's spectacular. And I did get a chance to see Batman. And she was the best thing in it. That's just my personal opinion." U.S. President Barack Obama is a big fan of Anne Hathaway's performance as Catwoman in new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. The actress co-hosted a fundraiser for the leader's re-election campaign at Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's home in Connecticut on Monday (06Aug12).
Quote: "I did ask, 'When you guys get to watch TV, aren't you supposed to be running the free world together?' He said, 'Yes, Saturday afternoons, Michelle and the two girls go play tennis, and I go in the Oval Office, I pretend I'm gonna work, and I switch on Homeland.'" Actor Damian Lewis quizzed Barack Obama about when he finds the time to watch the political drama, which the U.S. President named as his favourite show.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama put his love for wife Michelle on show as he puckered up to the First Lady at a basketball game in Washington, D.C. on Monday (16Jul12). The couple leaned in for a courtside smooch after they were featured on the Verizon Center's Kiss Cam.
Quote: "It was a thrill to be with Mr. Obama, but the big thrill was being with Bo, their dog. He's the cutest guy you've ever seen in your life. I spent a half-hour with him on my lap." Animal-loving actress Betty White was excited about meeting U.S. President Barack Obama's dog when she visited the White House on Monday (11Jul12).
Fact: Reese Witherspoon and Cher were among the celebrities who mingled with U.S. President Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Los Angeles on Wednesday (06Jun12). The leader kicked off the evening by appearing at a Lgbt (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Leadership Council gala. Glee star Darren Criss provided the entertainment for 600 guests after singer Pink withdrew from the event because of illness, and Obama continued the Glee love after the gala by attending a star-studded fundraising dinner at show creator Ryan Murphy's home.
Tweet: "Tonight I met Barack Obama and heard him give an amazing off the cuff speech. What a tremendous honor." Cher's son Chaz Bono was delighted to meet U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday (06Jun12).
Quote: "He acted sooner and more decisively than I ever thought he would before the (2012 presidential) election. People become skeptical and think that this is all politics. For me, from my perspective, this was no political slam dunk. I feel I can say with certainty, that there are young people alive today who will have self-esteem, may even survive their teens, because of what the president did." Gay scriptwriter Dustin Lance Black applauds U.S. President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of same sex marriage.
Quote: "I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple." Jay Z praises U.S. President Barack Obama's recent public endorsement of same sex marriage.
Quote: "My daughters want me to arrange a play date with Malia and Sasha Obama. They aim real high - if we go to Disneyland they want Mickey to eat with us!" Chris Rock's children want to buddy up with U.S. President Barack Obama's kids.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama proved he's still a fun-loving guy amid the drama and pressure of running the country when he joined chat show host Jimmy Fallon for his popular segment Slow Jam the News on Tuesday night (24Apr12) . The leader ran through the latest news headlines and campaign slogans while Fallon added his own funny ad libs and house band The Roots provided a little mood music.
Quote: "As we say a final 'so long' to Dick Clark, America's oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends - which number far more than he knew." U.S. President Barack Obama releases an official statement to mark the death of TV icon Dick Clark. The broadcaster passed away at the age of 82 on Wednesday (18Apr12).
Quote: "I'm going to be in Washington, D.C. on my birthday. I'm going to go for the White House Correspondents dinner. They don't know that they're throwing me a big dinner birthday party but they are, secretly." Jessica Alba, who turns 31 on 28 April (12), will spend her birthday with U.S. President Barack Obama after receiving an invite to the White House.
Fact: Josh Hartnett is helping to drum up support for U.S. President Barack Obama in his native Minnesota. The actor will host a student summit at the University of Minnesota on Friday (13Apr12) to raise funds for Obama's re-election campaign.
Quote: "I want to record an album with him. When I saw him sing that Al Green song I was amazed." Veteran singer Lulu is keen to team up with U.S. President Barack Obama on a record after hearing his rendition of Let's Stay Together at a fundraiser earlier this year (12).
Fact: Actor Tom Hanks has voiced a new campaign film in support of U.S. President Barack Obama. The 17-minute documentary, entitled The Road We've Travelled, chronicles the politician's first three years in office as he prepares to seek re-election for another four-year term.
Fact: Tom Hanks has given U.S. leader Barack Obama a big boost as he campaigns for re-election as President - the Forrest Gump star has narrated An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim's new 17-minute documentary The Road We've Travelled, which positively documents Obama's three years in office.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama's brief rendition of Al Green's Let's Stay Together at a New York City fundraiser last week (19Jan12) has boosted sales of the soul classic by 490 per cent. It sold more than 16,000 downloads in the week ending 22 January (12).
Quote: "I think that was great. That was great. Very soulful." Aerosmith rocker and American Idol judge Steven Tyler gives U.S. President Barack Obama the thumbs up for his brief rendition of Al Green's Let's Stay Together at a fundraiser in New York on Thursday (19Jan12).
Quote: "I heard that he sang Al Green, it was classic. I'll do a duet with Barack any day!" Robin Thicke was impressed by U.S. President Barack Obama's brief rendition of Al Green's soul classic Let's Stay Together at a New York City fundraiser on Thursday (19Jan12).
Quote: "I've talked to a lot of people who worked for Obama at the grassroots level. One of them said to me, 'Never again. I will never be fooled again by a politician.' You know, a one-term president with some balls who actually got stuff done would have been, in the long run of the country, much better." Hollywood actor Matt Damon continues to slam U.S. President Barack Obama after being left unimpressed by his efforts since being voted into the White House in 2008.
Tweet: "N yes he got me. I have bieber fever too. He is the sweetest n cutest ever !" R&B singer Jennifer Hudson is a big fan of Justin Bieber after performing on the same Christmas concert bill for U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night (11Dec11).
Fact: Bette Midler has gifted U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters with a custom-made ukulele from her own private collection of rare memorabilia. The instrument is the national instrument of Hawaii, where both Midler and Obama were born.
Fact: Hips Don't Lie hitmaker Shakira has been appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to serve on his prestigious Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The Colombian superstar will work with three other American leaders to help improve learning programs for Hispanics living in America.
Quote: "I also took a trip out to California last week, where I held some productive bilateral talks with your leader, Lady GaGa. She was wearing 16-inch heels. She was eight feet tall. It was a little intimidating." U.S. President Barack Obama jokes about meeting Lady Gaga at a California fundraiser during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign gala in Washington, D.C.
Fact: Gwyneth Paltrow is throwing her support behind U.S. President Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign by hosting a fundraising dinner at her London home on 4 October (11). Guests attending the Obama Victory Fund event must prove they are U.S. citizens to gain entry to the bash and hand over $7,500 (£4,688)-a-ticket.
Tweet: "Obama is 50?!?!?? Man, he looks great. I'm calling the white house and asking what kind of vitamins he takes! Happy B-day mister President!" Actor Gilles Marini is impressed with U.S. President Barack Obama's youthful looks.
Fact: Jennifer Hudson was among those who got the chance to personally wish U.S. President Barack Obama a happy 50th birthday on the eve of his big day (04Aug11). The Oscar winner performed at a Democratic National Convention fundraiser in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday (03Aug11) and insisted on wishing the special guest a happy birthday.
Fact: U.S. leader Barack Obama embraced social networking on Wednesday (06Jul11) when he became the first President to "live tweet" during a White House debate on the economy.
Tweet: "I believe in justice... but don't u (sic) think that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind?" Katy Perry questions U.S. president Barack Obama's statement, 'Justice has been done' following the announcement of Osama Bin Laden's death.
Quote: "I think he's doing a great job and I'm very, very proud of him. I think that, you know, he's the President of the United States... He came in, ran the office, which was a very challenging time... but I think he's done a great job." DWAYNE 'THE ROCK' JOHNSON is a fan of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Quote: "He is such a dude! He's a nice man, just a great guy to be in the presence of. And Michelle is just fantastic. And I was with my girlfriend, and she was like, 'Oh my God, you're so beautiful!'" Sir Paul McCartney's girlfriend NANCY SHEVELL was in awe after meeting U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Quote: "My rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I've got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff." U.S. leader President Barack Obama credits his hip hip-hop assistant Reggie Love with turning him on to more rap.
Quote: "When he was up there singing Michelle to Michelle, I was thinking to myself, 'Imagine when Michelle was growing up, this little girl on the South Side of Chicago, from a working class family'. The notion that someday one of the Beatles would be singing this song to her in the White House - you couldn't imagine something like that." President Barack Obama on Sir Paul MCCartney's special moment at the White House.
Quote: "I was trying to find a show that (wife) Michelle actually watched!" U.S. president Barack Obama explains his decision to appear on American magazine programme The View. The world leader made history on Thursday (29Jul10) when he become the first sitting American president to guest on a daytime talk show.
Fact: Barack Obama will make TV history once again on Thursday (29Jul10) when he appears on U.S. magazine programme The View - he'll become the first sitting American president to guest on a daytime talk show. The President's appearance will mark veteran newswoman Barbara Walters' return to the show following heart surgery in May (10).
Fact: Chelsea Clinton has a star-studded guestlist for her wedding - it includes U.S. President Barack Obama, film producer Steven Spielberg, talk show host Oprah Winfrey and singer Barbra Streisand. The daughter of former U.S. president Bill Clinton and current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is set to marry her longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky this summer (10).
Fact: Proud Mexicans Eva Longoria PARKER and comedian George Lopez were among the guests at U.S. President Barack Obama's State Dinner on Wednesday night (19May10), where Mexico's leader Felipe Calderon was honoured. The high-profile crowd was treated to performances by Beyonce and Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Quote: "Sasha and Malia are huge fans but, boys, don't be getting any ideas. I have two words for you: predator drones." U.S. President Barack Obama banned Jonas Brothers heartthrobs KEVIN, Joe and NICK from dating his young daughters at Saturday's (01May10) star-studded White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Fact: Rap superstar JAY-Z was accompanied by his wife Beyonce, his mother-in-law TINA KNOWLES, and R&B singer and tour partner Trey Songz when he headed to the White House on Wednesday (03Mar10) to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama.
Fact: U.S. President Barack Obama is the star of a new musical in Germany. The politician's Yes We Can election campaign served as inspiration for HOPE - THE OBAMA MUSICAL STORY, which premieres in a bilingual mix of English and German at Frankfurt's Jahrhunderthalle concert hall at the weekend (begs16Jan10). Two other musicals about the president were performed in other countries last year: OBAMA ON MY MIND in London and OBAMA: THE MUSICAL in Nairobi, Kenya.
Quote: "I've become absolutely fixated on him. He's a real man, he's highly intelligent, he doesn't rise to the bait even when provoked. He's my ideal man." Lulu is harbouring a not-so-secret crush on U.S. President Barack Obama.
Fact: Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle is heading for the White House - U.S. President Barack Obama has invited her to perform a private gig for his wife Michelle's 46th birthday in January (10).
Quote: "Obama said, 'You're on my iPod' - and I said, 'I bet you say that to everybody!' He said, 'No, really, you are." Sting was stunned to discover U.S. President Barack Obama is a fan of his music.
Fact: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE composer A.R. RAHMAN will join fellow Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson among the performers at U.S. President Barack Obama's first state dinner in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night (24Nov09). The guests of honour at the star-studded event, held on the White House's South Lawn, is Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife.
Quote: "I look at Barack Obama and think that sleeping at night must be very difficult for him. I don't know anybody who would want to trade places with him right now. I think he's having a very difficult time." George Clooney doesn't envy the U.S. President's job.
Quote: "Barack professes to be this great basketball player. I can't wait to catch him on the basketball court. I can play a bit but I don't know if he knows that!" Rap star JAY-Z is confident he can out-hoop U.S. President Barack Obama.
Fact: Jimmy Buffett, George Clooney's journalist father NICK and spaceman Buzz Aldrin joined presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and top U.S. broadcasters to pay tribute to revered newsman Walter Kronkite in New York on Wednesday (09Sep09). The beloved news anchor died in July (09), aged 92.
Quote: "How he carried himself and related to people was great. His story is real. He came from the inner city and went to Harvard. We're all flawed human beings and he just seemed real. I think that's why so many people like him. He is just so charismatic." JAY-Z thinks he knows the secret to U.S. President Barack Obama's success.
Quote: "I'm sort of worried that Barack Obama follows 777,054 people. I didn't even go to work today and still can't keep up with my 33." Superproducer Mark Ronson struggles with the demands of social networking site Twitter.
Quote: "I'm sort of worried that Barack Obama follows 777,054 people. I didn't even go to work today and still can't keep up with my 33." Superproducer Mark Ronson struggles with the demands of social networking site Twitter.
Quote: "We just broke a million followers. We are having a party in the air right now. Why am I screaming? Because I just broke a million followers! I love y'all. I wouldn't be nothing without you. We gonna change the world with positivity." Rap mogul Sean Combs is overjoyed at surpassing the one million followers mark on social networking website Twitter.com. He joins pals Ashton Kutcher, Oprah Winfrey, Britney Spears and U.S. president Barack Obama among those who have cracked the milestone.
Quote: "That's a very charismatic family. His wife, she's very strong. We think Obama's a great speaker but that girl, she's awesome." Black Eyed Peas star WILL.I.AM shares his appreciation for U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife MICHELLE.
Fact: BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT sensation Susan Boyle snubbed an invitation to U.S. President Barack Obama's White House Correspondent's Dinner - because the talent show's rules prevent contestants from appearing at oversea events until the winner is announced. Boyle shot to international fame after her audition became the most viewed video ever on YouTube.com.
Fact: Singer Kelly Clarkson presented Barack Obama with a literature prize three years before he became U.S. President. The star pronounced his name wrong because she had never heard of him at the time.
Quote: "I do think in Washington it's a little bit like American Idol. But everybody is Simon Cowell. Everybody's got an opinion." U.S. President Barack Obama compares his new working environment to the hit reality TV show.
Quote: "About three weeks prior to the inauguration I was told Id be invited to sing at the swearing in. I couldnt hardly sleep at night, I was jumping, so excited. I couldnt hardly settle down after the first night or two. I've had many, many honours, but that was unparalleled I think. That can only happen one time in history." Aretha Franklin treasures her performance at U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony.
Fact: Jay Leno will make history on Thursday night (19Mar09) when he becomes the first U.S. chat show host to interview a president in office. Barack Obama will make an appearance on Leno's The Tonight Show as part of his tour of California.
Quote: "Their faces were priceless. They were screaming for I think a good two minutes. They're really nice girls." THE Jonas Brothers star Joe on performing for U.S. President Barack Obama's young daughters.
Quote: "All of Washington felt like being inside, just like, a great show, where the best of people were on display. It was a nice day, a beautiful day." Bruce Springsteen on performing for then-President-elect Barack Obama on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on the Sunday before his inauguration (18Jan09).
Fact: The hat Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin's wore to perform at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration is being requested for an exhibit in Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. If she parts with the iconic accessory, it will be displayed in the President Obama Inaugural display alongside Michelle Obama's Jason Wu gown.
Quote: "You could say that Barack is more Bill Cosby than he is Malcolm X, but, hey guys, at least it's a step in the right direction. He is a balanced point right in the middle as far as I can see, and I think that's a great thing... I very much hope that he will be able to deliver some of the things he said he'll do." Annie Lennox has faith in new U.S. President Barack Obama.
Quote: "Obama's speech rung so true and is the reason why I made myself an American citizen. I cried, I won't lie. I cried for the people being hit by our economic crisis, including my friends, and for the people who don't understand the spirit of good Americans." Mischa Barton was touched by new President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony last week (20Jan09).
Quote: "I was there... I was behind Aretha Franklin, so you didn't see me... She wore that hat so you could tell the difference between her and the Washington Monument. I mean, she likes to eat, God bless her." Comedienne Joan Rivers pokes fun at the Queen of Soul, who performed at President Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday (20Jan09).
Fact: 38 million Americans watched new President Barack Obama's inauguration live on TV on Tuesday (20Jan09).
Fact: Husband-and-wife songwriting duo ASHFORD + SIMPSON have revamped their SOLID (AS A ROCK) hit as a tribute to new U.S. President Barack Obama. Solid (As Barack) was released as a digital download on Inauguration Day (20Jan09).
Quote: "Before he was just a friend, so it was just a conversation. Now it's classified information." Rapper JAY-Z can no longer talk about his chats with presidential pal Barack Obama.
Quote: "For every picture someone took with me I took 10 with other people. I really felt a part of that." Rocker Jon Bon Jovi will always remember his visit to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama.
Quote: "I remember when I was a kid and I wanted everything in the grocery store - 'I want that! I want that!' - and my grandmother used to say, 'Girl, you'll get that when a black man is the president.' And now, grandma, there is a black man for the president!" Former DESTINY'S CHILD star Kelly Rowland is thrilled Barack Obama has been sworn into the White House.
Quote: "I hope and believe Barack Obama will pull us out of this recession. Im thrilled to have him as our new President. Hes the exact change our world needs. Obama is hot, and he rocks!" Paris Hilton has high hopes for America's 44th President.
Quote: "African-American males have a huge responsibility to make sure we do the right thing and cut out all the madness. We dont have an excuse. We cant say its the mans fault when you are the man." Jamie Foxx hopes Barack Obama's presidency will inspire his fellow African-Americans.
Fact: R+B star Usher has gifted four Washington, D.C. students with tickets to Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony in the city on Tuesday (20Jan09) as thanks for their help with his New Look Foundation charity project.
Quote: "I feel like I'm living a dream... I feel like I'm experiencing a level of inspiration that I have only ever heard about from my childhood... (There's) a sense of hope and connection and unity that I just feel so much gratitude for my children to be experiencing this." An emotional Demi Moore on the build up to President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration.
Quote: "What a gig for us to play. I've asked if we can play every Monday night there; that would be something... Just to stand and look down on that crowd was an unbelievable experience... It's a big deal for our band." Bono still can't believe U2 were asked to perform at Barack Obama's pre-inauguration concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Sunday (18Jan09).
Quote: "I would want to be head babysitter. I'd love to be First Babysitter, absolutely. I'll just go up and do performances for his kids all day and just keep them entertained. They seem like really sweet girls." Anne Hathaway dreams of babysitting President-elect Barack Obama's two daughters.
Quote: "I couldn't be more thrilled. I think we have such a wonderful man as our president now, and everyone is ready for change." Actress Anne Hathaway is ecstatic she's bagged a ticket to attend President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration ceremony on Tuesday (20Jan09).
Quote: "It's the ears, clearly it's the ears. Recognise the ears! He's written a fantastic start to the story. If, in eight years, when he's out (of office) there's a script, then yeah, I'll read it." Actor Will Smith would be more than happy to grant U.S. President elect Barack Obama's wish and portray him in a future biopic.
Fact: Celebrity interior designer MICHAEL SMITH - who's transformed the homes of Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman and Michelle Pfeiffer - has been handed the honour of decorating private quarters of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama at the White House.
Quote: "I think Barack Obama is one of the most hopeful things that's happened in my lifetime. They should paint The White House black." Rocker Peter Gabriel is very optimistic about America's new President-elect.
Fact: Comedians Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook and Paul Rodriguez have lined up to entertain guests at various events celebrating U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's history-making inauguration next month (20Jan09).
Quote: "I'd like to see Michael Jackson most. This inauguration will be making history, and we need the biggest artist in history to go up and do something." Akon would like to see the King of Pop at President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration next month (Jan09).
Fact: Stevie Wonder's wife KAI MORRIS is among the favourites to design the dress Barack Obama's wife MICHELLE will wear when the couple officially become America's First Couple at January's (09) inauguration ceremony.
Fact: Oprah Winfrey will host her daytime U.S. TV talk show live from Washington D.C. to mark the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama on 19 January (08) - one day before the politician takes his presidential oath of office.
Quote: "I would definitely like to be cool with the president. I would just like to hoop (play basketball) with him. Everything else we can talk about on the court." Kanye West would love to get to know U.S. President-elect Barack Obama one-to-one.
Quote: "My son would have been at that rally in Chicago when the first African-American president was elected, and I'm sure he would have gone up onstage and grabbed the microphone as only he could." OL' DIRTY BASTARD's mother Cherry Jones insists the late rapper would have been delighted to see Barack Obama voted into office earlier this month (Nov08). The star died from a drug overdose in 2004.
Fact: More than 24 million Americans tuned into news show 60 MINUTES on Sunday night (16Nov08) for U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's first post-election interview.
Fact: Hip-hop stars JAY-Z and Busta Rhymes have become the latest artists to hail Barack Obama's appointment as President-elect after his historic win at the U.S. polls on Tuesday (04Nov08). Jay-Z has recorded new song HISTORY, while Rhymes has teamed up with producer RON BROWZ for a remix of his track POP CHAMPAGNE.
Fact: Hip-hop stars JAY-Z and Busta Rhymes have become the latest artists to hail Barack Obama's appointment as President-elect after his historic win at the U.S. polls on Tuesday (04Nov08). Jay-Z has recorded new song HISTORY, while Rhymes has teamed up with producer RON BROWZ for a remix of his track POP CHAMPAGNE.
Quote: "It's amazing... Now we know that not just little African-American kids sitting at home watching it can hope to be president, little girls can hope to be president, maybe a Latino child, an Asian-American child and hopefully, when America, in its largesse, finds out that people are people, we can have a gay president too." SAMUEL L. JACKSON believes Barack Obama's election offers hope to all.
Quote: "It felt like the whole world had won the Super Bowl. People were going apes**t. I got completely tanked. People were climbing on cranes. I'm pretty sure I might have climbed atop a crane." Superproducer Mark Ronson joined in the celebrations after Barack Obama won the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday (04Oct08).
Fact: Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am has delayed the debut of his Barack Obama-inspired music video on the video-sharing website Dipdive.com. IT'S A NEW DAY will instead be aired for the first time on Oprah Winfrey's U.S. talk show on Friday (07Nov08).
Quote: "I'm positive that one of the first things that (Barack Obama) is going to do ... is revisit the (GEORGE W. Bush's) ban on stem cell research... I'm really excited." Actor and Parkinson's sufferer MICHAEL J. Fox is hopeful Obama will deliver as the new President of the United States.
Quote: "I've always maintained a strong faith in the power of Obama's positive campaign and am so proud of every citizen who took a stand, participated in the political process and insisted their voices be heard." Actress Scarlett Johansson commends her fellow citizens for voting in U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
Quote: "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." Actor Leonardo Dicaprio on Barack Obama winning the 2008 U.S. presidential election.
Quote: "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." Hollywood actor George Clooney is thrilled that Democrat Barack Obama triumphed at Tuesday's (04Nov) U.S. presidential election.
Quote: "I'm there. I can't wait. I feel like all of us, we're ready to do whatever we have to do. Whatever they want - if they need me to volunteer, they need me to sing, I'm there, and I'm ready." Beyonce Knowles is giving her full support to new U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.
Quote: "We were on a plane and they said it in German at first and I said, 'What did they say...?' and the dude next to me said, 'OBAMA won!' I heard a whole bunch of clapping back in coach and then I started clapping... There was a lot of clapping." Kanye West learned about Barack Obama's election night win in America on a flight to Britain.
Quote: "I think it is the true ideals and dreams of America to have an African-American president named Barack Obama to be the representation of the United States at a time like this... (Obama is) a man that has great policies, a man that is a great intellectual, who knows what he's doing." Leonardo Dicaprio gives the Democrat's campaign for the U.S. presidency one last push as America prepares to go to the polls on Tuesday (04Nov08).
Fact: Sarah Jessica Parker has been doing more than most for her favourite U.S. presidential candidate, Barack Obama - she joined campaigners at the Democrat's New York headquarters on Thursday (30Oct08) to urge undecided voters to pick her man in next week's (04Nov08) election. The actress jumped on phones to call those still not sure who they're voting for - and sell Obama to them.
Quote: "I sent him an email after the last debate. I recommended he hire David Gergen (former counsel to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan). I really hope Obama wins. I can't understand John MCCain picking Sarah Palin." American composer Burt Bacharach has some words of advice for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Quote: "Everyone makes a big deal about Barack Obama being the first black presidential candidate. How about John McCain being the first albino candidate? He's completely see-through." Funnyman George Lopez pokes fun at the Republican U.S. presidential hopeful.
Fact: Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen will team up to headline a New York gala for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama two weeks before the American general election in November (08). The event will mark the first time the two rock legends have performed at the same concert.
Quote: "I think Obama's great. It's the first time in eight years (since George W. Bush came into power) I've heard somebody speak English. I think it's refreshing to see someone who's reasonably intelligent come in." Velvet Revolver rocker Slash has thrown his support behind U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Quote: "If John McCain wins the presidency then I'm definitely moving over here." Rapper Busta Rhymes will be setting up home in the U.K. if Barack Obama doesn't win the race to the White House in the forthcoming presidential elections in November (08).
Quote: "The choice isn't Republican or Democrat. The choice is you got a guy that's worth $150 million, with 12 houses, against a guy who's worth a million dollars with one house. The guy with one house really cares about losing a house, because he is homeless. The other guy can lose five houses and (he's) still got a bunch of houses. I'm just saying, John McCain could lose half his houses and sleep well." Comedian Chris Rock insists a vote for Barack Obama is a wise one in the current economic climate.
Fact: Pop star Fergie showed off her support for U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday night (26Sep08) by wearing his face all over her chest during a show in Florida. The singer took the stage at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with pop art images of the Democrat.
Fact: The $9 million (GBP4.8 million) raised at a star-studded gala dinner and concert for Barack Obama in Los Angeles on Tuesday (16Sep08) was the biggest one-off sum ever handed over to a U.S. presidential candidate. Jodie Foster, Leonardo Dicaprio and Jamie Lee Curtis were among the Obama supporters who paid $28,500 (GBP15,400) to dine with the politician and Barbra Streisand performed at the after-dinner concert.
Quote: "It's too early for any filmmaker to even think about an OBAMA film. (Will Smith) has the ears for it though." Spike Lee admits Will Smith would be his first choice leading man for a biopic about U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama.
Fact: Barbra Streisand will perform at an upcoming Hollywood fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama. The diva will play the rare show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on 16 September (08). Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks partners Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen will co-host the star-studded gala.
Fact: Actor Sean Penn is $2,000 (GBP1,081) richer after winning a bet with West Wing producer LAWRENCE O'DONNELL for correctly predicting JOE BIDEN as Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's running mate.
Quote: "It's an incredible time to be around. I wish my momma could have seen this day." Rapper Kanye West remembers his mum DONDA, who died in November (08), as he celebrates Barack Obama's nomination as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate. African-American Obama accepted the nomination on Thursday night (28Aug08) on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's iconic `I have a dream' speech.
Quote: "OBAMA's the candidate and we need to support him. I'm interested to see how he does. He's young, he's intelligent, and he's modern. I'm none of those things." Punk icon Patti Smith endorses U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama.
Fact: Two U.S. economists have devised a mathematical formula to calculate the number of votes Oprah Winfrey has delivered to U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama. The University of Maryland brains claim the TV queen has won Obama 1,015,519 voters so far.
Fact: Boy George has recorded a new disco anthem, titled YES WE CAN, which is inspired by U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama. The former Culture Club star samples the politician's speeches in the tune.
Quote: "You see how far hip-hop has moved into mainstream culture? Before, the type of presidential candidate we have wouldn't even have heard a record like DIRT OFF YOUR SHOULDER." JAY-Z is impressed by U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's choice of music - after he referenced the rapper's song in a recent debate with former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
Quote: "As soon as he writes the end of the story." Actor Will Smith's answer following questions asking when he will play the role of U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama in a big-screen biopic of the politicians life.
Quote: "I had dinner with him once, and he just seemed very firm about the change, and that's, like, his motto... Oh, let me make it clear that it wasn't just him and I. I was at an event with him." Sex-tape socialite Kim Kardashian reveals she once dined with U.S. presidential wannabe Barack Obama, who she's backing to become the next American leader.
Quote: "I am elated and inspired by it. the same way I am inspired by Senator Clinton's campaign. The fact that we have a woman and an African-American man who are campaigning to become President of the United States is a remarkable thing for our country. I wish them both luck. I think it's terrific." Laurence Fishburne is split between Democratic candidates Barack Obama and HILLARY CLINTON.
Quote: "Barack Obama - he's a black man with two black names... He doesn't let his blackness sneak up on you. As soon as you hear Barack Obama you wonder, `Does he have a spear?'" Comedian CHRIS ROCK.
Quote: "We're ninth cousins, removed or something. I think he got the better looking side of the gene pool." American presidential candidate Barack Obama confirms he is related to Brad Pitt during an appearance on U.S. TV talk show The View.
Quote: "I have visited nine states on behalf of the Barack Obama campaign, so I feel obviously fired up about this candidate." Actress Kerry Washington is a devotee of U.S. presidential wannabe Barack Obama.
Quote: "I like HILLARY (CLINTON). I think she'd make the best President. I think Barack Obama is a good man. I think he's altruistic. I think he's smart. I think at some point he can be a great leader. I just don't think it's now." Cher announces her support for Hillary Clinton in the race to become the next U.S. President.
Fact: Leonardo Dicaprio and Steven Spielberg were among the stars in the audience at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday night (31Jan08) to watch presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debate during a live CNN telecast.
Quote: "I am engaged... to Barack Obama. My heart belongs to Barack, and that is who I am currently, finally, engaged to. Yes." Actress Scarlett Johansson denies rumours she is to wed boyfriend Ryan Reynolds by jokingly announcing her engagement to U.S. presidential candidate BARACK OBAMA.
Fact: Former U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama have all been nominated in the 2008 Grammy Awards' Best Spoken Word Album category for their individual audiobooks.
Fact: Oprah Winfrey has agreed to campaign for presidential hopeful Barack Obama in key states as he fights to become the Democratic candidate for next year's (08) presidential election. The media mogul will join Obama as he campaigns in Iowa, South Carolina and New Hampshire next month (Dec07).
Fact: Talk show host Oprah Winfrey enlisted the help of pal Stevie Wonder at a gala fundraiser for presidential candidate Barack Obama on Saturday (08Sep07). Wonder performed his biggest hits to the guests.