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Stars sparkle for a ‘no-frills’ guy

entertainment Updated: Jan 03, 2009 18:26 IST

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Come January 20 and the man whom Michelle Obama describes as a “no-frills” chap will have some of the world’s biggest celebrities attending his inauguration.

On the guest list are singers Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, P Diddy, Sting and Seal; actors Will Smith, Samuel L Jackson, Anne Hathaway and Sharon Stone; and filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard. According to people.com, rumours have it that die-hard Obama supporters like Oprah Winfrey, Bruce Springsteen and Will.i.am (of Black Eyed Peas) are likely to perform.

And to think that Barack Obama still wears the same shirt and trousers that he had when he married Michelle, as the soon-to-be First Lady revealed in a television interview. “I probably did what a lot of people do when they hear about Barack Obama,” she said. “First, I thought what kind of name is Barack Obama?… My assumption was, this guy’s got to be a little weird. Probably a little nerdy.”

But when she got to know Obama better after he was hired at the Chicago law firm where she worked, “we clicked right away”, said Michelle. “I found out that his father was from Kenya, his mother was a white woman from Kansas and that he had spent part of his life in Indonesia.”

Like the celebrities who are the new President’s fans, Michelle thought Obama had a winning personality. One quality that stood out was his “self-deprecating” nature.

“He didn’t take himself too seriously.” Obama’s working-class grounding has not been erased by his current rock-star fame, said his wife — some of his pants even have holes! “He didn’t care about what people thought about him” or about fashion, she said. Rather, he cared about the issues. He is and always has been, she said, a “no-frills” guy.