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Stars, famous and not-so-famous, descend on DC for huge inaugural parties

By Jimmy Orr / January 16, 2009



Hey, remember all the hub-bub last September when Barack Obama flew out to California and went over to Barbra Streisand's house? All the big-time Hollywooders were there and John McCain went gaga.

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“He talks about siding with the people just before he flew off to Hollywood for a fundraiser with Barbra Streisand and his celebrity friends,” McCain said. “Let me tell you, my friends: There’s no place I would rather be than here with the working men and woman of Ohio.”

What a party

Well, those celebrity friends are back - big time. Except now they are going out to Barack Obama's new house. Or at least bringing with them one heckuva house-warming party.

We told you earlier this week about the Sunday night blowout with Garth Brooks, Beyonce, Bono, Sheryl Crow, Mary J Blige, Usher, Herbie Hancock, Bruce Springsteen, Shakira, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, and Stevie Wonder. This will be broadcast from 7:00 - 9:oopm (ET) on HBO but distributed free of charge through cable and satellite TV.


This will be a pretty cool show. After all, Don Mischer - the guy who has directed a bunch of Super Bowl halftimes and a couple of Olympics ceremonies - is putting it on.

Note to HBO: Don't put a microphone on him!

Mischer did his best impersonation of Rod Blagojevich back in 2004 at the Democratic National Convention (which he directed) when the balloons didn't drop when they were supposed to. That's all good except for it was all caught live on CNN.

More stars will appear at the Kid's Inaugural ball on Monday night including the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Bow Wow. This will be broadcast on the Disney channel from 8:00 - 9:30pm (ET) on the Disney Channel.


One of the little known events could be, in fact, the coolest. And it doesn't have any Bono-like mega-celebrities attending.

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