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