Yesterday almost 2 million Americans gathered at the National Mall in Washington to celebrate the inauguration of the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama.
People had camped out for days for a chance to see our new President in person and to be apart of history. While most of us know Obama as the intelligent, thoughtful speaker who can bring people together, his best friend CSI: NY star Hill Harper can give us insight as to who the real Obama is.
"Barack and I were classmates at Harvard and he's just a great guy," Harper told Hollyscoop exclusively at the SLS Hotel Grand opening in Los Angeles.
"A lot of us have worked really hard to help make it happen. And he's done an amazing job, so I'm so proud of him and I'm proud of this country."
In regards to inheriting the economy in the worst state it's been in since the Great Depression, Harper said that Americans "should have high expectations, but [Obama's] going to live up to them.
"They elected an amazing President. In eight years, he's going to go down as one of the greatest Presidents we've ever had. His name will go down with Jefferson and Lincoln and Roosevelt as one of the greatest Presidents this country has ever had. I've known him for 20 years and I say that with confidence," Harper added.
When your best friend becomes the most powerful man in the world, your friendship has to take the back seat, but luckily Obama always has time for the important people in his life. "They took away his Blackberry. The President can't carry a Blackberry... It's a security breech," Harper said. But he added that he's still in close contact with the President. "I call the people who work for him and they connect you," he joked.
He may not be able to just pick up the phone and call him anymore, but Harper was there to support his good pal on the day of the election.
He said, "We played [basketball] the day he won. The way someone plays a team sport is a metaphor of how they are as a person and the type of leader they are. He's the type of person that wants to make the team better."
No First Lady has created as much buzz as Michelle since the days of Jacky O. And speaking of the very classy and intelligent First Lady, Harper said:
"She was three years ahead of him, even though she's two years younger than him. She is the most intelligent First Lady this country has ever had. She's going to have the ability to really have a great affect on issues that are important to people."
Check out our exclusive interview with Hill Harper at the SLS Hotel Grand Opening in Los Angeles below...