President Obama's A-List Acquaintances

Over the years, President Barack Obama has built relationships with some of Hollywood's biggest names. The commander in cheif is known to be close with Beyoncé and Jay Z — who says he texts with the POTUS — and at different events and rallies, Obama has joked around with everyone from David Beckham and Katy Perry to Prince William and Kate Middleton. Even before he became president, Obama counted Oprah Winfrey and Robert DeNiro among his acquaintances as they supported his campaign, and with his visits to The Tonight Show and interviews with Ellen DeGeneres, he's become something of a celebrity himself. Keep reading for a look at some of Barack Obama's best snaps with stars!

Justin Timberlake shared something with President Obama on his phone while visiting the White House in April 2013.

Tom Hanks raised his glass alongside Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama at Winfield House in London in May 2011.

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Barack chatted with Prince William during a White House visit in December 2014.

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President Obama sat down with George Clooney to talk about Sudan at the White House in October 2010.

In Oct. 2012, President Obama commented on Katy Perry's standout shoes while chatting with the singer and her grandma in Las Vegas.


President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace in May 2011.


Kerry Washington stood with President Obama and Usher during a rally in South Carolina in January 2008.


David Beckham shook hands with President Obama when the LA Galaxy visited the White House in May 2012.

Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca, laughed with President Obama in the Oval Office in Oct. 2011.

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Oprah Winfrey, a friend of the Obamas, vocalized her support of President Obama — then a senator — at a December 2007 rally in NYC.

President Obama sang Christmas carols with Ellen DeGeneres, Mariah Carey, and Glee's Matthew Morrison in Washington DC in December 2010.

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When Prince Charles made a visit to the US in March 2015, he and Barack Obama were all smiles while hanging out in the Oval Office.

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In January 2009, President Obama and Denzel Washington hugged it out in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the inaugural celebration in Washington DC.

President Obama congratulated Bruce Springsteen during the Kennedy Center Honors at the White House in December 2009.

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Prince Harry shared a cute moment with the president during a visit to the White House in October 2015.


Robert DeNiro supported President Obama during a February 2008 rally in New Jersey.

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Barack Obama was on hand to present his pal Oprah Winfrey with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2013.

In April 2012, President Obama cracked up alongside Jimmy Fallon while talking to the producers of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon about the pair's "Slow Jam the News" segment.


Fergie chatted with President Obama after she sang that national anthem at the 2009 White House Easter celebrations.

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Barack Obama was all smiles with Carole King at a concert in her honor in May 2013.


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt visited President Obama in the Oval Office in January 2012.

President Obama shook hands with Bob Dylan after the musician performed at the White House in February 2010.

British actor Colin Firth was greeted by both President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II at a dinner in the royal's honor in London in May 2011.

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Barack hugged Gloria Steinem at the November 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom event.

President Obama laughed alongside Modern Family's Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson while they were in town for the White House Correspondents' Dinner in April 2012.

Jay Leno had President Obama cracking up backstage during his trip to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno in October 2011.

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President Obama joked around with Jamie Foxx in October 2010 during the Moving America Forward rally at USC.

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Barack Obama attended the USC Shoah Foundation's annual gala with Steven Spielberg in May 2014.

President Obama shook hands with LeBron James while meeting with the US Men's Olympic team in July 2012.

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In December 2011, President Obama shook hands with Alicia Keys at a World AIDS Day event in Washington DC.

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Barack greeted Mariah Carey on stage after she performed at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the White House in December 2013.

President Obama and the first lady watched from the front row as Mick Jagger performed at the White House in February 2012.

When Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney visited The White House in November 2012, President Obama joined her in her iconic "not impressed" expression that went viral after the 2012 Games.

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Barack and Tom Hanks shared a laugh at the national tree lighting ceremony in December 2014.