by Mike Dorning and updated
Oprah Winfrey, who was at the stadium to watch Obama's acceptance speech, called it "the most powerful thing I've ever experienced" and compared the moment to going back in history to listen to a speech by Abraham Lincoln or Franklin Delano Roosevelt or Martin Luther King.
"I've never experienced anything like that," Winfrey said in a basement hallway on her way to leave the building. "I cried my eyelashes off,'' she said after the speech.
"I woke up this morning and I went to Google and I googled the entire Martin Luther King speech because like most Americans I, you know, you listen to the 'I Have a Dream' part. In the earlier part of the speech, he talks about the promise of democracy. And I think that today that promise was fulfilled in a way that I never imagined in my lifetime," she said.
"And what I saw with Barack Obama was something that was transcendent and I felt transformational for me as a human being and for this country. And I only pray in the deepest part of my being that America will rise to this moment. And I feel that what he was able to offer us as individual citizens and as a united country was something that we have never seen before. I really, I think it's the most powerful thing I've ever experienced," she continued.
"I often wondered what it would be like to sit and listen to Lincoln speak or Roosevelt speak or what it would have been like to have been old enough to understand what Martin Luther King was saying 45 years ago today. And what he did brought that home in a way that I could never have imagined," she said.
Winfrey wasn't the only celebrity celebrating the nomination of a candidate whom the Republican Party is attempting to portray as a mere celebrity:
Obama's nomination acceptance speech drew praise from a bevy of celebrities in attendance: "It was excellent," Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie said. "It was amazing."
"Incredible," said Jessica Alba, before joining Fergie, Rosario Dawson, Wilmer Valderrama and Kerry Washington at a private exit from Invesco Field. Alba was at the speech with husband Cash Warren.
Otherss in attendance included George Lucas with girlfriend Mellody Hardon and his daughter, Forest Whitaker with wife Keisha and Star Jones, and Daniel Dae Kim of "Lost," who posed for pictures with the Hawaii delegation.
will.i.am performed his speech-song "Yes We Can" with John Legend during the run-up to Obama's speech. Susan Sarandon and Anne Hathaway sang along in the stands as Sheryl Crow performed "Change is Gonna Come," and crooner Michael McDonald prompted many a flag wave with his rendition of "America the Beautiful."
The Associated Press supplemented this with reporting on the other celebrities -- with the Swamp brining you the account of Oprah Winfrey's reaction from Ivesco field..