Entertainment behind the scenes
Tearful Oprah pledges “whatever it takes” to elect Obama
But O went beyond just being enthused by Obama’s speech on Thursday, as the presidential candidate accepted the Democratic Party nomination. “Just seeing him on stage, I cried my eyelashes off,” Winfrey told a reporter with the TV show Entertainment Tonight.
Rapper Kanye West, 31, who was with Winfrey, was also effusive about the speech. “It changed my life,” West told ET. In reaction to West, Winfrey went on to say it changed her life, too. “We have to do whatever it takes to get him in office,” she said.
The Democratic National Convention in Denver was a virtual who’s who of celebrity backers with actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who are married, showing up. There were director Steven Spielberg, actor Forest Whitaker and singer Jennifer Lopez, and that’s not even counting the stars — including Stevie Wonder — who performed on-stage at the DNC.
Obama’s rival in the run for the White House, Republican Senator John McCain, has attacked Obama as little more than a celebrity himself in a campaign advertisement.
But McCain also has his own stable of celebrity backers. Actor Dean Cain, 42, who played Superman on the 1990s television show “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” spoke of his support for McCain to Larry King on cable network CNN following Obama’s speech.
McCain also has the support of Latin singer Daddy Yankee and reality star Heidi Montag. Stay tuned — as they say in television — to see what kind of star power turns out for the Republican National Convention, which starts on Monday.