It’s been an especially somber season for celebrities. Goodbyes are always hard, but losing Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama within the span of two months was just devastating. Naturally, the President’s farewell address simply sent some stars over the edge with emotion.
Before the speech began, 20-year old actress and singer Zendaya was overcome. She tweeted a GIF of Oprah crying and captioned it: “Me watching my president Obama’s farewell address tonight…I’m not gonna be able to do it y’all…” Comedian Amy Schumer was clearly struggling too. Next to a photo-shopped picture of herself and Obama on a “Good Friends” cereal box, she wrote “No one gets what I’m going through.”
Ellen DeGeneres and Madonna couldn’t contain their adoration. The comedian tweeted “@BarackObama I love you more than I have space on Twitter to describe,” while the pop icon dubbed the president a “King amongst Men” in an effusive Instagram post.
Some celebrities wished the Obamas would remain in the White House. Singer Jennifer Lopez took to Instagram to express her sentiments with a clip from the movie The Wolf of Wall Street captioned “How we wish Obama speech would’ve ended…” The scene showed corrupt stock-broker Jordan Belfort (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) declaring: “I’m not leaving, I’m not leaving. I’m not f--king leaving! The show goes on. This is my home. They’re gonna need a f--king wrecking ball to take me outta here. They’re gonna need to send in the National Guard or f--king SWAT team, ‘cause I ain’t going nowhere. F--k them!”
Comedian Sarah Silverman expressed her hope that Mrs. Obama would run in the next election, even though the FLOTUS has made it clear she will not. “MICHELLE 2020,” Silverman tweeted simply.
Other celebrities looked ahead to the future. After enthusing on Instagram about Obama’s “incredible grace” and “exceptional example,” singer Katy Perry voiced a desire to better connect with average Americans. “I agree with you,” she wrote to Obama, “we need to burst our bubbles and build real community again, face to face.”
Writer and actress Lena Dunham also tried to take a positive outlook assuring Obama that “you don’t just leave behind broken hearts- you also galvanized us and readied us for this moment…”
They're really going to miss him.