Yes he did...and E! Online was there, rubbing shoulders with some of Hollywood's heaviest hitters, to witness history.
Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Halle Berry and Diddy were among the 1.5 million people who came to Washington, D.C., to watch Barack Obama sworn in as the 44th president of the the United States.
Sitting in the VIP sections within 300 feet of podium on the steps of the Capitol, the A-listers watched Obama take the oath and deliver his inaugural address.
Before the ceremony got underway, we caught up with a giddy Diddy, who called the ascendance of the first black commander in chief "unreal."
"I've never felt this way in my life. I can't describe it," he said, "I won't feel like this again though."
About 100 yards behind him, Winfrey dabbed tears from her eyes as the Illinois senator she endorsed over a year ago made his own star turn.