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Osama bin Laden dead: Celebrities take to Twitter

Osama bin Laden dead: Celebrities react on Twitter

As quickly as the nation learned Sunday night that Osama bin Laden was dead, Hollywood types and other luminaries fired off tweets in reaction to President Obama's news with messages of support for the U.S., mixed emotions over the loss of human life and some pretty heavy re-tweeting.

The always original Kirstie Alley went with humor, sending out, "Ding Dong the Witch is dead... the wicked witch.. Ding Dong the wicked witch is dead!"

Lindsay Lohan wasn't as veiled in her patriotism, shooting off a simple, "Go USA!" 

Which other stars were among those expressing thoughts in 140 characters or less?

@SteveMartinToGo: Slow news day.  

@Alyssa_Milano: AMAZING! This photo, from @nytimes, pretty much says it all. Photo: http://tumblr.com/xul2crc9jr /via @Newsweek 

@ParisHilton: Just landed back in LA, so happy to hear the news of Osama bin Laden's death. He was the face of terrorism and such an evil man. The world is a much better place with him not in it. 

@AndersonCooper: Does anyone else find it moving hearing people singing our national anthem outside the white house gates? I do. 

@JeremyPiven: Amazing night for all of us, innocent people were not harmed and justice prevailed

@KimKardashian: Osama Bin Laden is dead!!! I can't wait to hear President Obama's announcement!!! 

@BillMaher: Somali pirates, Gaddafi's son, now bin Laden - do NOT [mess] with Obama, he's Gangsta!!

@SarahPalinUSA: A Grateful Nation http://fb.me/WCYB81GR

And the Ministry's highly non-scientific calculation of most re-tweeted quote goes to: "I've never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure." — Mark Twain.

Check in at Show Tracker for more celebrity thoughts on a dead Osama bin Laden.


Osama bin Laden dead

News and jubilation spread fast after Bin Laden's death

Royal wedding is a big hit on Twitter (which wasn't blocked for those at Westminster Abbey)

— Matt Donnelly

Photos:  Kirstie Alley, left, and Bill Maher, right, were among the stars reacting Sunday to news of Osama bin Laden's death. Bin Laden is shown in a recent screen grab from the FBI's most wanted list online. Credits: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images, left; FBI / Reuters; Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times.


President Obama or Seth Meyers: Whose speech rocked the correspondents dinner? [Video]

Seth meyers barack obama The annual White House correspondents dinner took place in Washington on Saturday night, giving President Obama the opportunity to take off the gloves and release a year's worth of pent-up jabs at the pundits who reported and opined about his actions, ideas and decisions.

In other words: Bring it.

No big surprise that Obama reserved a special place for Donald Trump, the mogul-turned-birther-spokesman who last week took credit for getting POTUS to cough up his long-form birth certificate.

"No one is happier ... no one is prouder ... to put this birth-certificate matter to rest than the Donald," Obama said in his speech. "And that's because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter, like: Did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?"

But Obama wasn't the only one who took a swing at Trump. Seth Meyers, "Saturday Night Live's" head writer and the featured entertainer for the dinner, also threw some punches -- attacking Trump's trademark hair and accent as well as his political opinions.

Videos of both are below. Tell us: Did Obama or Meyers have a better speech? Or did both of them bomb?


Photos: Celeb spotting at the White House correspondents dinner

Obama birth certificate: Brought to you by Donald Trump, says Donald Trump

-- Whitney Friedlander

Photos: Seth Meyers, left, and President Obama, right, at the 2011 White House correspondents dinner. Credits: Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press, left; Chris Kleponis / AFP / Getty Images, right.

White House correspondents dinner: Celebrities in the audience weigh in [Photos]

White House Correspondents Dinner: Scarlett Johansson, John Legend, Alyssa Milano

Sure, this year the White House correspondents dinner had President Obama's attention-grabbing jabs at Donald Trump and the birthers. But what made the annual event bubble, besides the political banter and inside-the-Beltway journalism small talk, were the celebrities, of course.

Mila-kunis-wolf-blitzer Rosario Dawson, John Legend, Mila Kunis, "Glee's" Matthew Morrison and Chris Colfer, "True Blood's" Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, and celebrity-couple fascination of the moment Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn showed an interest in politics Saturday night in Washington.

Johansson and Penn arrived separately -- she on the arm of twin brother Hunter -- and sat at different tables before leaving for a much-buzzed-about smoke break, and were even seen holding hands!

And what did the celebrities in the crowd think of the event and the president's comic timing?

"I'm so overwhelmed being here. I keep getting teary eyed. #WHCD," Alyssa Milano tweeted. (Forgive her if she seemed a bit emotional. She is pregnant.)

"Not only is he the President he is also a comedian ... His speech was so funny!," tweeted "Pretty Little Liars" actress Shay Mitchell, who was born in Canada.

"Was @ the dinner last night an[d] our president killed it like an old school comedy club...," "Entourage" actor Jeremy Piven tweeted.

The event also might also have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship:

Author and political daughter Meghan McCain had something to say about former "Real Housewives of D.C." cast member Mary Amons: "@maryamons you are my new favorite person to gossip with! xo." 

Who else was there? Check out our red carpet gallery from the White House correspondents dinner.

-- Whitney Friedlander

Upper photos: From left, Scarlett Johansson, John Legend and Alyssa Milano attend the White House correspondents dinner. Credits: Michael Reynolds / EPA, left; Chris Kleponis / AFP/Getty Images, center; Alex Brandon / Associated Press, right.

Lower photo: "Black Swan" actress Mila Kunis laughs with CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Credit: Kris Connor / Getty Images

Obama birth certificate: Brought to you by Donald Trump, says Donald Trump

Trump takes credit for Obama birth certificate being released

The Obama birth certificate has been made public, shining light on exactly what it takes to get Donald Trump to shut up. Seems it must be something bigger than Obama's birth certificate, the release of which on Wednesday prompted Trump to talk even more.

"I am so proud of myself," the "Celebrity Apprentice" star said before a midday GOP fundraiser in New Hampshire and after calling for the Obama birth certificate for what may have been eternity. "I got this guy to release his birth certificate. I'm really, really happy."

President Obama had a bit to say as well at a White House news briefing after his long-form certificate of live birth was made public. "We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers," that "guy" said, not naming any names. 

As we noted recently, Trump is not the only celebrity getting in on the Obama birth certificate action, though we wonder now if Tracy Morgan really had the president's birth certificate in Brooklyn like he said he did.

"BREAKING NEWS: The President Of The United States Of America was born in The United States Of America," actress Alyssa Milano tweeted Wednesday, right after announcing she'd be on Capitol Hill for the next few days advocating for arts funding from Congress.

Dennis Miller wanted more, tweeting, "All I'm asking is that now Obama release his lifeguard accreditation card." Sarah Palin, who Tuesday seemed more interested in Libya than anything involving who was or was not born in Kenya, challenged the media "admit it, Trump forced the issue." Kirstie Alley, after surviving elimination from "Dancing With the Stars," seemed to be asleep.

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Michelle Obama pregnant? No -- not even while snowboarding

Michelle Obama is not pregnant, Michelle Obama pregnant with child No. 3? Not exactly. A holiday season pregnant with fake news and death hoaxes? More than a little bit.

Word that the first lady is pregnant came Sunday most prominently via the Weekly World News, which "quoted" White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs as confirming -- out of Oahu, where the Obamas are vacationing -- that the pregnancy is two months along. We can only imagine the "while snowboarding" angle so popular in this season's wave of celebrity death hoaxes was too impractical to include, given the family's much publicized current tropical location.

Though WWN wasn't the only site pushing the story -- which may have grown out of a psychic prediction that ran Tuesday in the Toronto Sun -- it was the only site we could find that shared this TMI tidbit:

"There was a great deal of mystery about the whereabouts of the President and First Lady on Election Night this year," the WWN wrote. "There were many rumors about where they might be --  but now we know.  The happy couple was spending quality time together, making a new baby."


Oddly, the president made no mention of the "pregnancy" in his weekly address. Shock. And that with the "baby" speculated to be due on his birthday!

Now, the Ministry used to buy WWN from time to time back in college -- for reasons similar to why we bought Mad magazine. Hey, maybe that's just us.

But that story going around about Barack Obama going cigarette-free for nine months? That one's true, according to Gibbs -- or at least it was a week ago.


Tucker Carlson prefers dogs over Michael Vick or Obama

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Owen Wilson death? A lie. Adam Sandler? Not dead. Charm of a week of hoaxes? Dead on arrival

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: First Lady Michelle Obama looks on as President Obama holds a baby -- no, not theirs -- while greeting military families during Christmas dinner at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe on Dec. 25, 2010. Credit: Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Tucker Carlson prefers dogs over Michael Vick or Obama


Tucker Carlson thinks that Michael Vick "should've been executed" for killing dogs, and that President Obama shouldn't have bothered weighing in on the Philadelphia Eagles QB's post-prison return to the NFL. Ah, the holiday joys of fill-in punditry.

Taking Sean Hannity's place Tuesday night on Fox News, Carlson brought up Obama's weekend chat with Jeffrey Lurie -- in which the president reportedly praised the Eagles owner for giving dog-fighting felon Vick a second chance -- and tossed it to the pit bulls on the panel for a good mauling.

Though the idea of execution for what he sees as Vick's unforgivable acts led the chat, it wasn't Carlson's primary argument.

"I'm a Christian, I've made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should've been executed for that. He wasn't, but the idea that the president of the United States would be getting behind someone who murdered dogs? Kind of beyond the pale."

Watch the video to see the discussion that ensued -- or simply enjoy these quotes.

"He's some creepy rich overpaid football player," said Carlson, who also called Vick's post-sentencing work with animal organizations "grotesque."

"It's like the Donner Party becoming spokesman for vegetarianism."



Beyond Rick Sanchez: Who should Jon Stewart fight with next?

Suspended Keith Olbermann irreplaceable on 'Countdown' -- or *is* he?

Brett Favre fined $50,000 for not putting out in Jenn Sterger investigation

-- Christie D'Zurilla

(Hat tip to Mediaite for the video.)

Is Jay Pharoah 'SNL's' new Obama? Or Denzel Washington? Or Will Smith? Or all of the above?


"Saturday Night Live" announced four new cast members Tuesday, including one Jay Pharoah, a comedian and impressionist the Washington Post is floating as a likely replacement for Fred Armisen as the show's President Barack Obama.

Check out Pharoah's Obama impersonation above, and his Denzel Washington and Will Smith, below, and weigh in with your comments -- could Pharoah keep up, comedically, with the likes of Will Ferrell's President George W. Bush?

By the way, the other three new faces belong to Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain and Taran Killam, and the season opener will be hosted by alum and new mom Amy Poehler. Gone are Will Forte and Jenny Slate.

For the record, Pharoah wouldn't tip off the Post about any presidential hopes, so you'll have to decide for yourself.

 -- Christie D'Zurilla

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Obama celebrates his birthday with Oprah Winfrey

Barack-obama-birthday-oprah From our Division of Fabulous Parties: The best bashes are usually exclusive ones, like the small private party for President Barack Obama's 49th birthday.

With First Lady Michelle Obama abroad in Spain, the POTUS hit his hometown of Chicago for dinner at Graham Elliot, with a guest list that included Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

"We were humbled and honored that the president decided to join us for dinner on such a special occasion," chef and proprietor Graham Elliot told People magazine, revealing that he was almost late to cook the celebratory meal.

Elliot, who will judge Fox's upcoming cooking show "Master Chef," was late getting to his restaurant from the airport after a promotional trip -- thanks to Air Force One holding up civilian traffic.

He made it in time to whip up his modified Continental classic dishes for Obama, Winfrey and King as well as presidential pals Eric Whittaker and Marty Nesbitt

Sound like an ideal birthday for the prez? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey during his 2008 presidential campaign. Credit: Associated Press.

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President Obama knows Lindsay Lohan is in jail; clueless about Snooki (or is he?)

President Barack Obama graced the couch of "The View" on Thursday in what was billed as a "historic" first appearance on the chat fest by a sitting president.

Panelists Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Joy Behar and Elizabeth Hasselbeck hit topics including Afghanistan and "Jersey Shore" with Obama.

"Did you know that Lindsay Lohan is in jail?" Behar asked.

"I actually know that, yes," said the commander-in-chief.

Then talk turned to tanstastic guidette Snooki -- the outspoken star of MTV's "Jersey Shore." Behar asked if the reality star should run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

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Paul McCartney flirts equally with president, first lady


Too bad the Beatles never wrote a tune called "Hey Barack" -- it would have come in handy in D.C. last night.

Paul McCartney, this year's winner of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Music, made like a rock star Wednesday and seized the opportunity to flirt directly with the president's wife, crooning an acoustic rendition of "Michelle" to First Lady Michelle Obama as she sat with her husband in the front row of the White House audience. (Check out the video below.)

He then joked about maybe being the first guy ever to be punched out by the president.

McCartney, however, seems to be an even bigger fan of Barack Obama than of the first lady: "Getting this prize would just be good enough," the cute Beatle said upon getting his trophy ...

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