President Obama’s second inauguration won’t have quite the Hollywood celebrity wattage of his first, but there still will be a substantial entertainment industry contingent in Washington on Jan. 21 to celebrate the beginning of his new term.
A representative for mega-Obama backers Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks told The Hollywood Reporter they wouldn’t be attending because they “have other commitments.” So, too, does Andy Spahn, the Hollywood point man for the Obama re-election campaign. Presidential pal and super-fundraiser George Clooney will be traveling “out of the country,” as will talk diva Oprah Winfrey.
Producer and top-shelf Obama fundraiser Harvey Weinstein told THR that he and his wife, Georgina, “both plan to be at the inauguration. We’re very much looking forward to it.” Weinstein also is slated to appear at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, but with private jets, all sorts of things are possible.
Sundance and the high season for Oscar politicking are cited by many Obama supporters as reasons for skipping the presidential sequel, which even organizers admit lacks some of the epic historic quality that surrounded the first inauguration of an African-American chief executive.
The music industry, however, will be amply represented at the festivities by Beyonce, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder and Cyndi Lauper, among others slated to perform.
Actress Eva Longoria, who played such a prominent role in rallying Latinos to Obama’s cause, is one of the inaugural co-chairs, while Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis and producer and major campaign fundraiser Colleen Bell will be among the Hollywood attendees.