Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and More Stars Remember Barack Obama's Presidency in Moving Tribute
By Rachel McRady
As President Barack Obama prepares to leave the Oval Office later this month, his administration compiled a moving tribute video, which was posted earlier this week on the official White House YouTube page.
In the clip, celebrities, politicians, and normal citizens all spoke about their “Obama Moment” from his eight years in office.
“Knocking on the Oval Office window, I would say. That was probably the peak of my entire existence,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld recalled of a sketch he did with the president for his web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
Others remembered his historic inauguration in 2008, with Scandal star Kerry Washington saying, “You felt those first three words of the Constitution, ‘We the people.’ It was one of those first times in my life that I felt I was really part of that ‘We.’”
“I never cried before, from an election result,” singer John Legend added.
Tom Hanks recalled Obama’s great strides with Cuba, saying, “When he just changed all the rules on the table in regards to Cuba with the most succinct motivation imaginable, which was, ‘What we’ve been doing hasn’t worked,’ which made all the sense in the world.”
And longtime climate change advocate and humanitarian Leonardo DiCaprio applauded the president for his work to help protect planet Earth.
Empire star and openly gay actor Jussie Smollett cited Obama’s public support for the LGBT community as his most memorable moment, specifically referencing Obama’s pro-same-sex marriage stance.
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres kept things light, saying, “Dancing with Barack at his birthday party! He’s a good dancer. He should not get any flack for that.”
And record-breaking athlete Michael Jordan noted that Obama’s legacy will live on long after he leaves the White House, saying, “How often do we remember Jackie Robinson? Everybody does. To me, he would be the Jackie Robinson of politics from my standpoint.”
Watch the clip for more inspirational memories. And to see moments from the Obamas’ final days in office, watch the video below!