Stars rejoice at Obama victory

The Hollywood parties went on into the early hours as the showbiz establishment celebrated the re-election of Barack Obama as US President. There were a few Republican supporters among the film and music industry luminaries, notably Clint Eastwood, but the majority were solidly behind the president.

Bruce Springsteen in particular had made his support for Obama very clear. After initially declining to campaign, the Boss changed his mind as it became apparent that the election was going to be a close-run thing. Springsteen’s reach among the blue-collar workers of middle America was crucial in getting over the Obama message.

Jay-Z and Beyonce can also take a little of the credit for Obama’s victory. Their fund-raising rally and conspicuous support kept the election campaign messages reaching a young audience.

Music business stars were quick to tweet their joy at the news in their own idiosyncratic styles (note: exclamation marks have been minimised for the sake of space). "The people have the power!" Katy Perry tweeted. "Proud to stand by you for 4 more years." Rihanna was a little more street: "Put one in da air for the Prez!" was her message. "Our dear Obama!"

Mariah Carey watched happily as the results unfolded. "Incredible speech!" she tweeted after Obama’s acceptance speech. "Watching in a room full of diverse people - all truly moved. Thank you America for President Obama - 4 more yrs". Lady Gaga heard the news as she came off stage after a performance. "Congratulations Mr President @BarackObama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!! We just couldn't be happier my goodness, the joy when freedom prevails".

The sophisticated Obama campaign concentrated on key demographics and swing states. Their slick organisation and strength of support among young voters made Mitt Romney’s campaign, with its embarrassing contributions from Eastwood and Kid Rock, seem out of touch with modern America.

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