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FILE - In this July 5, 2016 photo, President Barack Obama waves as he walks across the South Lawn of the White House, in Washington, as he returns from Charlotte, N.C. where he participated in a campaign event with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Obama is interrupting his summer vacation to do some campaigning for Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. Obama is slated to headline a Democratic Party reception Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, on Martha's Vineyard, the tony Massachusetts island where he's been vacationing with his family. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Obama presidency is just about ghost. But before he’s gone from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, celebs who showed him love were seen arriving for the last shindig at the Obama White House Friday night.

Here’s what TMZ is reporting …

The guest list pretty much says it all … David Letterman, Paul McCartney, John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Robert De Niro, Stevie Wonder, Charles Barkley, George Clooney, Bradley Cooper, George Lucas, Meryl Streep, Samuel Jackson, Magic Johnson, Tom Hanks, Rev. Al Sharpton, Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg, Marc Anthony, Sarah Jessica Parker and Tyler Perry.

In other news about the waning days of the Obama presidency … in Chicago, thousands lined up early Saturday for a shot at a free ticket to the president’s farewell speech Tuesday at McCormick Place. While the tickets were free, just one ticket per person was available at a first-come, first-served basis, and so people arrived to Saturday’s 8 a.m. ticket pick-up as early as 4 a.m.

The first wave of people were able to wait inside, forming a line from the grand ballroom of the South building, which then skated through the West building and finally outside, winding around the Hyatt Regency hotel. The line was so long that those who arrived after 7 a.m. were turned away, and Chicago police sent out an alert at that time telling people who hadn’t yet arrived to McCormick Place to save themselves from the frigid temperatures.

The crowd, according to The Chicago Tribune, was mostly a younger one, and packed with college students, some with backpacks weighed down by textbooks. Families brought their young children, who sat in strollers padded with fleece blankets. Older couples wrapped quilts over each other’s shoulders, and little kids skipped in and out of line, their parents calling after them.

Everyone, it seemed, wanted the chance to see Obama address the nation as president one last time.

Get MORE of this story at Chicago Tribune.


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