Road Trip: Celebrity Conventioneers

Call it a political road trip.

As stars and political junkies alike unwind today from a week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his vice presidential pick Joe Biden, D-Del., begin another journey of their own on Friday.

After a charged night before 84,000 at Invesco Field on Thursday night, the duo will launch an "On the Road to Change" bus tour through battleground states, departing from Denver on Friday, with their wives.

And as trains, planes, automobiles and various other forms of transportation pack up and leave the Mile High City, a second group with opposing political leanings will flock to the Midwest during Labor Day weekend for the Republican National Convention.

Hollywood is a little more than 1,000 miles from Denver and nearly 2,000 miles from Minneapolis.

But for many celebrities -- and political junkies too -- no distance is too far to travel in the name of the November election. Whether voting for Obama or presumptive Republican nominee John McCain, R-Ariz., stars and average Joes alike are singing the praises of politics.

Among others who have converged on Denver this week for the Democratic National Convention:

Fans and Stars Show Their Political Support

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008

Before an emotional crowd, Invesco Field was the venue for Thursday's speech at the Democratic National Convention, where Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for president.

Oprah Winfrey was one of many celebrities in the crowd, celebrating her candidate for president on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Thirteen-year-old Mark Reese, from Golden, Colo., was one of Obama's young fans at the stadium as the Democratic presidential nominee geared up to give his speech.

Actress and singer Jennifer Hudson sang the national anthem Thursday before the audience at Invesco Field.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008

Singer Melissa Etheridge rehearsed at the DNC for her performance later in the day.

After Barack Obama was formally named the Democratic nominee for president, an unidentified delegate reminded the crowd that "Yes We Can!" -- one way or the other.

Actors Susan Sarandon and Josh Lucas get an eyeful from the convention floor.

The Delaware delegation cheered and cast their vote during the festive convention.

The Black Eyed Peas' apl.de.ap, left, and Fergie rocked the house at The Creative Coalition Gala Benefit.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008

Musician Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy performed with the band at the Rock the Vote Ballot Bash during the convention.

Former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry performed with his band, Daughtry, at the GRAMMY's Rock The Conventions concert late Tuesday night.

Monday, Aug. 25, 2008

Director Spike Lee walks among convention delegates from Florida.

Singer John Legend lent his vocals during the Democratic convention.

Security and Paparazzi

Meantime, facing eager paparazzi, high security and tight parking, those who don't need to dodge the cameras said travel in Denver was smoothest by bike.

Bike rentals for convention goers will also be set up at the next stop on the road to the November election: Minneapolis.

And while celebs and groupies take more time next week to celebrate politics, a few are still griping about air travel.

Among them is rap star Diddy, who said in a Wednesday video that he has decided not to fly in a private jet because of high gas prices.

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