Hollywood hails historic Obama re-election
LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Hollywood and the entertainment industry on Wednesday hailed the re-election of President Barack Obama, who won widespread celebrity backing and funding help in the race for the White House.
Stars took to Twitter en masse to welcome the Democratic incumbent's victory over Republican rival Mitt Romney in the early hours of Wednesday, after a bruising campaign battle. "I'm proud of where I come from... but I'm even more proud of where we are going," said singer and producer will.i.am, one of Mr Obama's most vocal supporters.
"All that travel, hard work and campaigning was worth it... and now it's time to work even harder." Flamboyant pop diva Lady Gaga reacted to the clean-cut election win in typical off-beat style. "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHRHRGRGRGRRRGURBHJB EORWPSOJWPJORGWOIRGWSGODEWPGOHEPW09GJEDPOKSD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!0924QU8T63095JRGHWPE 09UJ0PWHRGW," she wrote in an initial tweet.
In a more intelligible reaction, she added: "CONGRATULATIONS MR. PRESIDENT #BarackObama We are so proud to be American tonight! YES!!! YES! YES!!" Mr Obama has long had friends in Tinseltown, and travelled here repeatedly during the campaign season - including for a lavish fundraising party hosted by George Clooney in May, in his Hollywood hills home.