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Hollywood for Ugly People Meets . . . Hollywood

In a rare Washington appearance by Oprah Winfrey, she inadvertently coaxed a Joe Biden secret out of his wife, Jill.
In a rare Washington appearance by Oprah Winfrey, she inadvertently coaxed a Joe Biden secret out of his wife, Jill. (By George Burns -- Harpo Productions Via Associated Press)

"It's buzzing," said Kutcher.

"I'm shaking," said Moore.

"To me this all means there is a different level of consciousness to our country," Oprah reported seconds later.

"I feel like I'm living a dream," said Moore. "I feel like I am -- I'm going to get emotional," she said, beginning to choke up.

Before going to break, Oprah played a videotaped testimonial from Justin Timberlake. "The day after the election I woke up with a little swagger in my step," he recounted. "We all of a sudden have swagger. America, we are cool now."

And since America is cool again, its capital is cool, too. Celebrities are coming to us, and not just the usual suspects, such as Judd Hirsch, who show up at the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

Tobey Maguire and Usher went to an event yesterday at Ballou High School. Spike Lee, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Queen Latifah were on the program at Howard University. Shakira was on the schedule at Oyster Bilingual School, Affleck at the Martin Luther King Library, Bill Russell and Alonzo Mourning at the Hay-Adams, and Muhammad Ali at the Marriott Wardman Park. Faith Hill was booked at the National Building Museum, Patti LaBelle at the Washington Hilton, Aretha Franklin at the Kennedy Center, Carole King at Union Station, the Beastie Boys and Sheryl Crow at the 9:30 Club, the Jonas Brothers at Verizon Center, L.L. Cool J at the Harman Center, and Jay-Z at the Warner Theater.

But the Kennedy Center's opera house had the biggest prize yesterday: Oprah's taping at 1 p.m., advertised as "the hottest ticket in Oprah Show history." In front of a classical backdrop with columns and an image of the Lincoln Memorial, Oprah and her guests spent their hour gushing over the change in regime.

"There is an energy that doesn't want to be let go," Moore reported to Oprah.

"First time you ever publicly supported a candidate?" Oprah asked Moore.

"It is," the actress answered.

"Mine, too," Oprah confessed, raising her hand.

Oprah played a video testimonial from Scarlett Johannson. "It's really given me faith in our democracy and the whole democratic process," the young actress said. "I never experienced anything like that. It was such an historic moment."

Next on the set, the vice president-elect, who seemed a bit star-struck himself, reporting that he had brought his 91-year-old mother to the taping. "Hey mommom! My mother's up in the presidential box up there," he said, pointing. Biden quickly joined the stars in the Obama adulation. "You know, we got this right, him on top and me second," Biden said. "I mean it."

"I believe you," Oprah replied.

"It is amazing how he has inspired the nation," Biden said. "Aren't you proud of our country?"

"We're so proud of our country," Oprah agreed. As evidence of this, she unveiled a song written for the occasion by David Foster and Will.I.Am: "From mountaintops we have dreamed from sea to shining sea and now here we are."

It was all a bit saccharine and over the top, perhaps -- but a small price to pay for the return of Hollywood's love.


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