On Wednesday's "The View" Sherri Shepherd shed tears of joy.
More reaction from Us:
"I'm vibrating," Winfrey told Usmagazine.com.
How will she celebrate?
"Just to be fully present. I'm just trying to take it all in," she told Us. "I can't even talk about it."
"This has been the greatest experience of my lifetime," she told reporters. "I haven't seen a sense of unity like this since 9/11. Now, we're all brought together in the name of hope."
(At one point during her night, she was mobbed by the media when she left the National Finance Committee party to use the bathroom. "I've never used a Porta-Potty before!" she joked.)
As for Winfrey's pal Gayle King?
"On a scale of 1 to 10, I've got to be a 15!" she told Us.
Brad Pitt also couldn't contain his excitement.
Asked how he was feeling earlier in the night (as early projections signaled an Obama victory), Pitt (in a gray trench coat, minus Angelina Jolie) told a reporter, "I'll be a lot happier in about an hour-and-a-half!"
Actor George Clooney: "I congratulate President-elect Obama on his historic victory, and now it's time to begin unifying the country so we can take on the extraordinary challenges that this generation faces."
• Singer Usher: "This will go down in history, in black history, for all of the sacrifices that the great Joseph Lowery and Martin Luther King made, this actually pays off for their sacrifice. ... I'm speechless. I don't even know what to say."
• Music mogul Diddy: "I felt like my vote was the vote that put him into office. ... And that may not be true but that's how much power it felt like I had."
• Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz to PEOPLE: "My parents met working for [Obama's running mate on one of his early campaigns]. If it weren't for Joe Biden, I would not exist as a human being. ... I am proud to be a part of history in the making."
From the NYDN:
"I'm so excited right now," Ethan Hawke told us at Comedy Central's blast at The Park. "I got up at 7:20 this morning, and I voted for Barack. I haven't had this much optimism in a long time. Tonight is historic!"...
Amber Lee Ettinger aka Obama Girl burst into tears at the barelypolitical.com party at Haven when her man was named the new president of the United States. "This is the day I've been waiting for," she told us.
Jessica Alba, "I was surprised that McCain brought race into his speech. I guess he was trying to bring people together."
But "30 Rock" star Jack McBrayer was smiling, and not because he'd won a political tee. Summing it up, the funnyman told us, "We're all winners tonight."
Oprah: "There are not even words to talk about what this night means. It's one of the greatest moments I could ever imagine. That's how great it is."
Madonna: "I'm so f--ing happy right now"
Lindsay Lohan: "YES WE CAN."
Samantha Ronson: "YES WE DID!!"
Kanye West: "HI MOM, OBAMA WON!" (His mom passed away about a year ago.)
Usher: "Isn't this incredible news? Man, this is incredible. It's so incredible to see that this historical thing has happened."
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