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Tearful Oprah pledges “whatever it takes” to elect Obama

August 29, 2008

oprah.jpgIt’s no surprise talk show host Oprah Winfrey was wowed by Sen. Barack Obama’s speech in Denver. After all, she endorsed him last year and may have swayed early primary voters in Obama’s direction.

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 Gcain.jpgarner, 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.

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As the Democratic Convention wraps up and the hoopla of the Republican Convention heats up Americans are still left with a sense of a lot of hot air of any concrete plans to end the energy crisis in America. Northerners dread the upcoming onset of fall and colder weather wondering how they will be able to afford how to keep their homes and families warm. Southerners have been sweating the high cost of energy raising the thermostat to save on their electric bills. Families everywhere are wondering where else they can cut back to cover the cost of fueling up the family vehicle to get back and forth to work and take care of the necessities of life. There is no money left for relaxation and family fun. The stress level continues to rise. The average electric bill has risen 16% to cover the power companies additional production costs. A gallon of milk is almost as precious as a gallon of gas. The cost of every consumer product has risen sharply. American’s are stretched to the limit. Jobs are being lost, foreclosures are increasing at an alarming rate. Seems even the family pets are suffering the high cost of fuel as almost daily a new story is on TV about shelters being forced to euthanize record number of surrendered pets from those forced out of their homes or no longer able to care for them. The energy crisis in our country is far reaching and needs immediate attention. I am hoping whoever gets elected will get their act together and make this their #1 priority.

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Posted by Sherry | Report as abusive
 

I dont understand how can this man’s speech change someones life. He said the same thing I have been hearing politician say when they are tyring to get elected into office. Its the same rhetoric.. feed the poor, help senior citizens, end world poverty, come on people… CHANGE it that what he says. In picking BIDEN there is no change. NOW McCain in pickin a woman for vp now thats CHANGE….Obama says McCain doesnt get it, but frankly I think Obama is the the one who doesnt GET it.. HE is just a puppet of everyone… starting with the stage set up for his convention speech now thats humble….

Posted by Maria | Report as abusive
 

John McCain has now confirmed himself to be the champion flip-flopper of this campaign. First he castigates Senator Obama for being too inexperienced for the job of President, and then he nominates for VP a person who has literally ZERO experience on the “Big Stage” of Washington!

Personally, I could care less about the experience issue. But the FLIP-FLOP issue, now that’s another thing altogether!

Posted by sacto joe | Report as abusive
 

I just wish individuals would listen rather than simply reacting according to their pre-conceived views. Obama may not be perfect, but he is a breath of fresh air when it’s sorely needed. Details: over the past 20 years the deficits have been run up by the Republicans–Reagan, Bush I & Bush II; we got into a fight in the middle east which there was no way to win and ignored Afganistan; our economy is in bad shape; and thanks to the war on terrorism we have less individual freedom than we have ever had. Time to move on

Posted by Bob | Report as abusive
 

Marie I feel sorry for you. I guess your life has been great under the Bush administration, so great that YOU can see electing another president that will give you more of the same. I guess you never get phone calls from foreign people pretending to be an american working for an american country huh? You obviously don’t care about your fellow american either. McCain chose a woman for one reason. To trump Obama that’s all. It’s just amazing to me how blind some people are. You are blind. The housing market is shot. Only big oil is profiting. Well big oil and large companies, but the average person suffers. I’m average, with 2 and working on a 3rd college degree, yet I still struggle. What about you?

Posted by Angela | Report as abusive
 

It is inconceivable to me how anyone could back McCain over Obama. A nice man, a war hero, but not the man for these times. You say you want change, then go with change. McCain is a continuation of the last 8 years of failed policy.

Don’t do it again … those of you who voted for Bush the first and then the 2nd time. WAKE UP!!!

 

Palin is not so inexperienced, she just won’t be bulldozed. Saying no to ‘the bridge to nowhere’ that her own Senator schemed to get through Congress showed more guts than any of the four. Young yes, but very strong in her beliefs and convictions. I think when the media gets through tearing them all apart, she may be the only one still standing with her head up. McCain is a career politician, as is Obama and Biden. This woman is very smart and she would not have accepted the nomination if she did not think she could do the job. So we now have two people on the Republican ticket with children in the armed services versus …….? I think people have more of a problem with her being attractive than anything else, like being good looking hurts in this country……but this is one politician who does not put her finger up in the air to see how the wind is blowing,she stands strong and doesn’t change her views to suit the recent polling. When all is said and done I think this country will be surprised how far off the media has been in the election.

Posted by cs | Report as abusive
 

McCain choose a woman to compete against Obama; that is obvious to us all. McCain seems like he is outdated, like someone from the 1950′s-1970′s. Obama seems like a man of our time. McCain’s running mate, a NRA supporter and hunter, no doubt supports the war in Iraq (she probably doesn’t have kids over there in uniform). I am sure she loves the sound of gunfire, however, the war in Iraq has caused enormous financial strain on the U.S. economy and has hurt whatever credibility we use to have around the world, not to mention how much horrible suffering it has inflicted upon the people of Iraq (how many Iraqis are displaced now – 4 million?). Can’t imagine how long it will take to reverse the damage we have done because of Iraq. Global warming is also an enormous issue, one which affects everyone no matter what political party. These two issues seem to be the most pressing issues we must face. Additionally, the housing market is downright scary but whose fault is that – the war in Iraq? global warming? Nonetheless, it seems to me whomever is elected president must be forward-thinking, sure-footed and willing to listen to advisors who have mountains of experience to lead us forward, not backwards, as GWBush has done. Anyone who still likes GWBush is being stubborn, plainly and simply. Notice his kids and those in the Senate and Congress do not have their kids in Iraq but they are all willing to send your kids over there! Why are parents and grandparents not speaking in greater numbers against the war? Perhaps they are benefitting is some way…? Silence is not golden in the U.S. Freedom of speech and thought, etc., created our country; now if all move forward together, we may be able to resolve the war in Iraq, our ever-mounting debt, global warming and rising cost of food…..whew! One nation, one people! We can achieve the seemingly impossible if we all work together. We only have each other to get us through this mess. Peace to you all. God Bless.

Posted by good day | Report as abusive
 

This 2008 presidential race is not going to be Republicans vs Democrats, its going to be gender vs race. McCain picked Palin because he knew that he had no chance to win if his ticket too included a “history making” opportunity. It sad that people are now voting because they want to make history. As an African-American Independent, I have been alienated by many members of my own race for not fully backing Obama. I don’t care about race or gender. Issues are more important, I want to see Obama and McCain tell us how they will improve the economy, lower gas and electric prices and secure our country.

 

No disrespect intended against Oprah Winfrey, she’s had a highly distinguished career which few will ever match… But I have a problem with ‘celebrities’ in general being paraded in front of us who have no more political qualifications or knowledge than say, your local butcher or firefighter. It’s an insult to intelligence and both parties do it all the time. Anyone who would base their vote on what a ‘celebrity’ says is an idiot.

Posted by Jeff Smith | Report as abusive
 

Dear Oprah,

I saw part of your show “Poverty in America” with Anderson Cooper. You are one of those that blame Bush first for all of the ills of this country. You intimated that the govt. response to Katrina would have been different had the evacuees been white.

Well, they are evacuating again and I am waiting for the TV to say that “Oprah’s fleet of busses are here”. I’m waiting for them to say “The food and refreshments from Oprah is here, you know she is so concerned with the poor, and she IS worth 1.5 BILLION”! But no, I haven’t heard a thing about your help.

Thousands of homes in Baton Rouge, and the surrounding area (including mine) were thrown open for evacuees after Katrina. How dare you belittle all of America because of the poverty of the less fortunate. Everyone helps according to their means.

Congratulations, you’re in with the blame America croud. It seems lately that is what you do best.

My, how you’ve forgotten your roots!

Sincerely,

George

Posted by George | Report as abusive
 

Unfortunately the American public is being spoon-fed by both parties. I personally am going to write in Hillary’s name on my ballot as I’m sick and tired of voting against the “worst of both evils”. We do not have a choice as the DNC and Republicans seem to make all decisions about who runs. Its the neocons that rule the gold, oil, world that make these petty dicisions trying to convince the populace that we have a choice? Bush is an idiot, can’t speak or think, and now we have “orators” who do a better job of “exciting us?” What needs to be done is a real rewrite of the tax laws, take money spent on the war machine and put it into medical care for every American, education and to save the Social Security from being privatized. and we need to rein in the predatory banks and credit card companies that got a bill thru to raise all your credit card rates on all your credit cards it you were late with one payment. How does being late with Citibank affect Visa? with rates at 18% a regular working stiff can never pay off their debts. if we only get 2% from savings accounts how do these thieves justify their 15-27% fees on cards?

Posted by donnasue | Report as abusive
 

YES WE CAN!

Obama 2008!

Posted by rhonda | Report as abusive
 

I think it’s interesting that the McCain people keep bringing up the celebrity issues with Obama. His many celebrity supporters and and his “celebrity status” as a great speaker are a problem, why? Yes, republicans are so anti-celebrity, unless of coarse your talking about Reagan, Swartzenager, and the others like them that they’ve dutifully supported.

Posted by Eric | Report as abusive
 

I suppose the Republicans think that selecting a woman who talks tough, shoots defenseless animals, and doesn’t believe in science, is all it will take to stir up the American people. If I recall correctly, isn’t that what Bush was all about? Talk tough( use props, e.g. Crawford ranch, a black face here and there with an Hispanic face in the mix for good measure)and then screw the middle class all the while spinning policies that hurt them will work again. Well, for the sake of America, I hope this time they use their brain and elect an intelligent person for President, BARACK OBAMA!

Posted by Yolanda Gesswein | Report as abusive
 

I hope Oprah puts in a good word for the polar bears. I thought McCain believed in curbing global warming. First he goes on that drill, drill bit and now I hear that Palin is trying to overturn the polar bears newly gained threatened status so we can drill more oil in Alaska. (More oil=more global warming=bye bye polar bears.) That’s not the change we need. Obama ’08

 

Im all about action speaking louder than words. Both candidates seem very intelligent, but they can say that they can make a change but all we can do at this point is trust/believe then and hope for that change. Whomever the future president may be i hope they actually make that positive change and turn things back around. The whole celebrity endorsement thing is very odd to me. I’d rather hear an endorsement from a common person who can relate more to me.
Im honestly pleased to see diversity in this candidacy.

Posted by esther | Report as abusive
 

George —

1) Oprah has given millions to charity and has urged others to contribute similarly, so your sarcasm is pretty thin.

2) It is not the job of private citizens to make up for what the government is supposed to do when functioning competently. We private citizens elect officials to fulfill our will and do these things for us. What was frustrating about Katrina was that the government that was supposed to act on our behalf responded pathetically, causing untold numbers of unnecessary deaths. That’s just true.

3) When people actually volunteer and jump in, that’s admirable, I agree. So let’s hear your sincere cheer for the effort Sean Penn put into personally rescuing stranded people in his boat.

Silence. Yuh. What I expected.

Posted by Jeff | Report as abusive
 

It appears that Palin was for the “Bridge to Nowhere” before it was canceled. If McCain were able to use the Internet he would stop using that in his defense of her as his choice.

Posted by Alan | Report as abusive
 

McCain has constantly gone against his own party as has Palin. It is essential that we have an independent voice in the White House and not just a party line advocate. When it comes to Obama, there is not much of a record on anything, since voting present is not truly voicing an opinion. Should we have a rubber stamp White House in the next cycle and reverse the current situation. We need independent branches of government and for that reason, we need John McCain.

Posted by Juan | Report as abusive
 

Juan,

McCain has voted with George Bush 90% of the time. I’d say that’s a little less of an independent voice than I’d like. Maverick? Hardly.

Want a real independent? A person who has truly done things for this country? Support Ralph Nader. He’s not as slick as the 2 mainstream candidates, but he’s an option for those of us that want to send a message that the 2 parties are not representing Americans.
If we can break out of the 2 party system, we might be able to get things accomplished in this country before it’s too late!

Posted by Beth | Report as abusive
 

Oprah will lose status if Obama is not elected. He has been her pet project for the last few years. Oprah wants him in office to complete her life goal of our United States supporting all the world. Their view is to level the playing field. Schools, roads, jobs, they want the people of the United States to provide this for all poverty countries using our countries tax dollars and resources.
As with all, self appointed follow my example because I’m so wonderful and always right, people the only way to accomplish this is to take money out of my pocket because they decide someone else can use it more than me.
Gee..Oprah learned early how to use people and does it effectively. She is the very reason I will not vote for Obama.

Posted by Irisheyes | Report as abusive
 

Has anybody commented that Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan were governors, with similar experience to Palin when they were elected president? The press is against her because she is conservative and a Christian and there is fear that she will influence policy. Bush has done damage and people are afraid that a Christian is a danger. I am not so sure that is true.

Posted by Christine West | Report as abusive
 

Christine, it’s true that both Clinton and Reagan were governors…the critical difference is that they were each governors for 2 four year terms. Ms. Palin has only held office for barely 2 years, I don’t think that’s quite the same.
I think McCain thinks that women are just foolish enough to believe if they didn’t get Hillary, ANY woman will do. That’s a shame, and a total slap in the face to everything Hillary stands for. Any true supporter of the ideals that Hillary represents, will choose Obama. They were very similar in their views and will work together to make the changes this country needs.
If you’re for making the people of this country better off now and in the future, and make the country itself more respected again – Obama/Biden are the only smart choice.

 

Oprah gives advice on relationships, but has a boy friend who is a door mat … gives advice on marriage, but has never been married … gives advice on child rearing, but has no children … gives advice on Obama, but was a member of Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American racist church for several years. Now, her white women’s audience, which made Oprah rich, wants to know more about Sarah Palin, but Oprah says NO !!!

Posted by Gina | Report as abusive
 

Oprah will do whatever it takes to get Obama elected. Then uses the excuse that she must stay politically neutral when it comes to her show. Of course! we understand. We wouldn’t want to put you in situation that would expose your bias. That’s right, she’s already done that herself.

Oprah is a fraud!

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive
 

Oprah Winfrey is an amazing hypocrite! She has Obama on her show twice and then says she won’t get involved with candidates! Of course, this Oprah hypocrisy is nothing compared to her latest outrage. Oprah says she is in favor of a bill aimed at child predators. However, Oprah promotes a book by the head of pedophile cult called MK-ULTRA . It is claimed that this book, written by a child predator named William Thetford, speaks for Jesus Christ in his book, “A Course in Miracles”. Oprah promotes this book and of course by inference, pedophile leader, William Thetford, every single day on her radio show. The evidence of women testifying before Federal Hearings about their sexual abuse as children by Oprah’s championed author’s organization can be found by links to a website:
http://www.newspiritualbible.com/index6

Posted by truth13 | Report as abusive
 

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