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Obama's 50th birthday: the guestlist

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Today (4 August) marks the 50th birthday of President Barack Obama. And, as anyone who's tried to organise a big party knows, compiling a guest list can be a nightmare. So we've made the White House's job that little bit easier by taking a tongue-in-cheek look at which famous names would be likely to make the guest list, and those that most definitely wouldn't, based on what they've said about the President in the past.

Will Beyonce be mingling with Obama over the canape stand? Can Sarah Palin make it past security? Click on the gallery below to find out.

Picture credits: Rex Features

  • Scarlett Johansson

    What she says about Obama:

    "My heart belongs to Barack, and that is who I am currently, finally, engaged to. Yes."

    Invite?

    Absolutely. Just don't tell ex-husband Ryan Reynolds...

  • Jon Voight

    What he says about Obama:

    "Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover. I pray to God you stop, and I hope the people in this great country realize your agenda is not for the betterment of mankind, but for the betterment of your politics."

    Invite?

    Champagne receptions are out for Angelina's pop

  • Halle Berry

    What she says about Obama:

    "I'll do whatever he says to do. I'll collect paper cups off the ground to make his pathway clear."

    Invite?

    For sure - a pair of helping hands is always most welcome at the end of a big night

  • Gene Simmons

    What he says about Obama:

    "He has no f***ing idea what the world is like"

    Invite?

    We doubt Gene is about to find out what the inside of the White House is like

  • Beyonce

    What she says about Obama:

    "I think he’s doing a great job. Fantastic. He needs another term. He needs more time."

    Invite?

    Beyonce has charmed her way to the top of the list

  • Matt Damon

    What he says about Obama:

    "I really think he misinterpreted his mandate ... and has doubled down on a lot of things."

    Invite?

    Lost in the post

  • Sheryl Crow

    What she says about Obama: "He's one of the most conscious people I've ever met and I've met four presidents now. He walks the walk."

    Invite?

    Sheryl will be walking the walk through the Obama's front door

  • Sarah Palin

    What she says about Obama:

    "He has been deemed a lame duck president. And he is angry now because he is being treated as such."

    Invite?

    What do you think?

  • David Beckham

    What he says about Obama:

    "You know who I did meet who is amazing? I met the President the other day."

    Invite?

    Goldenballs gets the golden ticket

  • Jon Stewart

    What he says about Obama:

    "I think people feel a disappointment in that there was a sense that 'Oh Jesus will walk on water,' and now you're looking at it like, 'Look at that, he's just treading water.'"

    Invite?

    Doubtful after that particular pearl of wisdom

  • Oprah Winfrey

    What she says about Obama:

    "I'm so proud of Barack and his wife Michelle Obama and what this means for all of us ... the new possibilities for our country."

    Invite?

    VIP enclosure

  • Donald Trump

    What he says about Obama:

    "I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?"

    Invite?

    Not unless he wants to be mocked - again

  • Barbra Streisand

    What she says about Obama:

    "He's cool. And he's very smart."

    Invite?

    Probably, as long as she doesn't fire off another criticism over Obama's approach to don't ask, don't tell

  • George Clooney

    What he says about Obama:

    "He possesses the one quality you cannot teach, you cannot learn, which is he is a leader"

    Invite?

    Clooney has smooth-talked his way onto the list

  • Jane Lynch

    What she says about Obama:

    "He's a huge disappointment to me."

    Invite?

    There'll be no invite-hitting-the-matt Glee for Jane

  • Robert De Niro

    What he says about Obama:

    "Finally one person has inspired me, one person has given me hope, one person has made me believe we can make a change - that person is Barack Obama."

    Invite?

    Canapes await for Mr De Niro

  • Rep. Michelle Bachmann

    What she says about Obama:

    "This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community. He has failed us all when it comes to jobs."

    Invite?

    Unlikely - unless she's up for a tussle with security

  • Tom Hanks

    What he says about Obama:

    "He has the integrity and the inspiration to unify us as did FDR and Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy—and even Ronald Reagan—when they ran for the job."

    Invite?

    100 percent; he's got presidential speak down to a fine art

  • Madonna

  • Glenn Beck

    What he says about Obama:

    "He has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist."

    Invite?

    We think not, Glenn. Hate to disappoint

  • Spike Lee

    What he says about Obama:

    "He changes how the world looks at the United States."

    Invite?

    It's party time for Spike (as long as he stays off the government's handling of the BP crisis)

  • Susan Sarandon

    What she says about Obama's daughters:

    "They were just lovely, and really smart ... I am sure that they have gotten it from their parents."

    Invite?

    Certainly - particularly if she can make balloon animals to entertain Sasha and Malia

  • Ricky Gervais

    What he says about Obama:

    "Obama's so charismatic. David Brent would vote for Barack Obama. Definitely. He'd love to be on the side of the fact this could change the American landscape."

    Invite?

    Er, maybe. If that's a compliment...

  • Whoopi Goldberg

    What she says about Obama:

    (To Donald Trump in response to his demand for Obama to produce a birth certificate): "I’ve never hear any white President being asked to show his birth certificate. When you become the president of the United States of America, you know that he’s American. I’m sorry. That’s just B.S."

    Invite?

    Whoopi can expect a hero's welcome on top of the invite

  • Rep. Ron Paul

    What he says about Obama:

    "He's a war monger"

    Invite?

    No. Party poopers need not apply...

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