Oprah in the house

August 14, 2008

oprah2.jpgDaytime TV Queen Oprah Winfrey will be in the house when Barack Obama is formally annointed the Democratic nominee for president, her spokeswoman says.

The popular talk-show host, who campaigned for Obama during the primaries and is considered an asset among black and women voters, will be in the audience during his speech on Aug. 28 at the Democratic National Convention in Denver but won’t introduce him or appear on stage, spokeswoman Angela DePaul says.

DePaul could offer no further details about Winfrey’s plans at the convention but her close friend Gayle King told the syndicated TV program Entertainment Tonight: “Oprah has not been asked to introduce him, is not expecting to be asked to introduce him and I would doubt that she would want to introduce him. She thinks this is his moment. ”

The question is — with Obama already being derided by rival John McCain as a lightweight and compared to celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears — will Oprah’s presence at the speech help him or hurt him?

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Photo credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok. Winfrey speaks during a rally for Obama at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, Feb. 3, 2008.

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I had been trying to get my mother to support Obama for months, and she had no interest until Oprah campaigned for him in Iowa and which point she fell in love with him. I think he owes his nomination to Oprah. She was not only the most influential person to endorse him, but the first big name to endorse him, and she created all the momentum. That Oprah endorsement was worth over ONE MILLION votes and made all the difference in Iowa:

http://www.econ.umd.edu/~garthwaite/cele brityendorsements_garthwaitemoore.pdf

Posted by David | Report as abusive

McCain sounds pretty envious.

Posted by Henry | Report as abusive

[...] Winfrey will be present and in the audience. Her spokeswoman has confirmed his according to the AP report distributed yesterday but won’t be introducing him or giving a speech. It’ll be [...]

Sounds pretty interesting but by her being there, won’t it shift a lot of attraction to her vs Barack? Who knows…
http://theoprahfanclub.com/2008/08/16/op rah-update-oprah-in-the-house/

What the mcain party said about OBama being a celebrity is right on I mmean doesnt Oprah being there prove the point DUH!!! She will hurt him she should stay away. she is like the Clintons. they suck up all the air HA

Posted by Sarah | Report as abusive

I don’t see how this affects the presidential campaign at all. I doubt her presence at the Democrat convention affects Obama’s run one way or the other and I highly doubt McCain is “envious” about it.

That’s the problem with Obama supporters. They are “in love with him” even though he is the most unqualified candidate to run for President in many years.

These people are usually not familiar with economics and political history.

Posted by Wayne | Report as abusive

Of course Oprah will be there – waiting for her nomination as the VP. Just wait and see – humm, interesting & kind-a scarry all at the same time.

J

Posted by Jerramye | Report as abusive

Wow, that’s amazing that anyone would be so shallow and uninformed in their selection to our countries highest office by a media celebrity. I wonder if Oprah can pin Obama down on his policy? Rick Warren sure couldn’t.

Posted by CJ | Report as abusive

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’s response that she won’t use her show as a political platform is totally disingenuous, after all the air time she has already given to both Barack and Michele Obama. OPRAH … from spending several years in Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American racist church, listening to sermons like “God Damn America”, and giving life time achievement awards to the likes of Louis Farrakhan … to her newest opportunistic religious beliefs … who could possibly take Oprah seriously? This woman’s ego is soooo big, being a billionaire celebrity isn’t enough, she has to start her own religion … not to mention all the additional money she is going to make selling all those book, tapes, CD’s, etc. to her poor followers. Oprah’s new power hungry ambitions include efforts to replace traditional America with Obama … and access to a President she puts into office … to her efforts at replacing Christianity with a new religion she controls. I think it’s time for America to deny Oprah access to our television sets.

Posted by Howard | Report as abusive

T THE FINAL STAW W I WILL NOT GO BACK TO EVER WATCH HER PROGRAM
SO MUCH FOR NO POLITICS
THANKX OPRAH YOU’VE HELPED BY MISSING OUTON THE BEST INTERVIEW OF YOUR CAREER.
BESIDES HOW DO YOU THINK
SHE’LL HAVE TIME BEING VICE PRESIDENT AND A MOM TOO
YOU SCREWED UP SISTER

Posted by trixie | Report as abusive

Talk about True Colors, Oprah has chosen to play the race card rather than the gender she always expounds by not balancing out her program with an interview of Sara Palin. Oprah has taken her place in the line with Alex Baldwin and the rest of the empty headed celebrity crowd by showing her profound political bias. She will not be enjoying our viewership or admiration any longer!

Posted by Judith MacLean | Report as abusive

I think ALL of my sentiments are summed up in the 4 previous posts! I am disgusted, disappointed, and DONE with Oprah!