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Barack’s Her (Political) Guy

Posted on May 7, 2007

Bad news for Hillary Clinton:  In backing Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey potentially could persuade countless women voters to join Obama’s camp.

Is this the beginning of Oprah’s Political Club? The talk show queen says she is officially endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s ‘08 presidential bid—primarily because of her personal connection to the candidate. 

The New York Times:

Ms. Winfrey said that she had not made a financial contribution to Mr. Obama’s campaign, but acknowledged that her public endorsement was probably far more valuable. Campaign finance laws would prohibit her from donating more than $2,300 in the primary and $2,300 in the general election.

“I think that what he stands for, what he has proven that he can stand for, what he has shown was worth me going out on a limb for,” Ms. Winfrey told Mr. King on Tuesday. “And I haven’t done it in the past because I haven’t felt that anybody—I didn’t know anybody well enough to be able to say, ‘I believe in this person.’ ”

If the Obama campaign is rejoicing, it is doing so in private and offering a politely circumspect public comment. “Barack Obama has tremendous respect for the kind of role model Oprah Winfrey is for young women like his two daughters, and he is honored to have her support,” a campaign spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said in an e-mail message.

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By The Die Hard, September 24, 2007 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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Oprah’s endorsement of Obama did an extreme dis-service to the politically unsavvy among her fans, who tend to take her word rather than think for themselves.

Don’t get me wrong, I like Obama, but there is simply no way he could be elected when he hasn’t even finished one term in the Senate yet.  All the media hoopla in the world isn’t going to change the fact that, come next summer, whichever senile crook clown the rethugs shovel up, all they have to say is “Obama doesn’t even HAVE a voting record yet.”

He HASN’T done anything—not sponsored a bill, not won a position, not talked independently with any heads of state except Jon Stewart.  Sure, he’s bright, and personable, and talks a good fight—but Putin, for example, would eat him alive.

He’d make a great VP.  After eight years as copilot, he’d be ready to take on the world.

Oprah needs to quit thinking only of herself and her personal empire, and start thinking about what’s good for ALL Americans.  Endorsing someone just because he’s a friend is being self-centered, and decidedly not caring about her audience.

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By Amy, September 10, 2007 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment
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Barack Obama does not except contributions from special interest groups, lobbying groups, or PAC’s.  He wants to be free to do the right thing without owing anybody anything, other than owing the American people the best he has to offer.

Oprah has known Barack and been friends with him for a long time; she is not just jumping on a band wagon.

A lot of people do care what Oprah think.  Hopefully they will not just vote for him because she says so, but will check him out and see for themselves if he is the candidate of their choice.
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By Jake, July 16, 2007 at 2:32 pm Link to this comment
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Actually Oprah was the ONLY mainstream media to speak out against the war.  As early as November 2002 Oprah started a series of vehemently anti-war shows.  Read Michael’s Moore’s book DUDE WHERE’S MY COUNTRY. On pg 87 he praises Oprah for being the only mainstream media to show anti-war footage no other media would show, and spends much of the book begging her to run for president.  Oprah had on anti-war activists like Jessica Mathews and Patriots for Peace on her show on Feb 6-7, 2003-she was the ONLY mainstream media to dissent the day after Powell’s speech.  She showed clips from people all over the world unanimously BEGGING America not to go to war. She showed clips of Mandella and Pope John Paul II denouncing war. Her show was so anti-war it was allegedly taken off the air in some markets.  She protested the war right to the last day, inviting Michael Moore and Fawaz Gerges to denounce the war in March 2003.

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By Just6Dollars, May 9, 2007 at 8:09 am Link to this comment
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If Oprah or Harpo had a PAC, how much could it give to Obama? How much of it would be reported?

Oprah’s public support is no doubt valuable. But the support of ordinary Americans? Not much dollar value in that under the current system.

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By Dale Headley, May 8, 2007 at 10:24 am Link to this comment
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Oprah’s endorsement will no doubt help Obama. But remember, this is the woman who refused to allow anybody on her program who opposed the war; so Obama’s courting of her approval is a dance with the devil.

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By Bill Blackolive, May 8, 2007 at 9:43 am Link to this comment
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Oprah, you are a busy genius but in this part of the world you need to become informed.  Start by looking at the 9/11 coverup. Obama must look at this and say he has, else he will be left in historical waste.  Do call on Cynthia, Rosie, Gore Vidal and several public figures who have had nerve to speak.

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By Sharon Ash, May 8, 2007 at 8:14 am Link to this comment
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No one gets it right all of the time.  In my opinion, Oprah got on the bandwagon for Obama just a little too early to be sure that he is the right person for the job.  She is still wonderful, has a beautiful spirit and an amazing light which she shines in the world.  I vote for a world with a lot more Oprahlike spirits.  As for Obama, I have not written him off as yet, just need to know much more about him. At this point, I would be more inclined to like him as a V.P. and let him mature on the job and maybe be ready for president in 8 years.

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By Jeanine Molloff, May 8, 2007 at 8:12 am Link to this comment
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Personally, I don’t care what Oprah thinks.  In fact, she has too much sway with the masses and bases her opinions on questionable information from even more questionable sources.  I am extremely disappointed in Obama, as such an intelligent candidate—refuses to discuss substantive issues.  I am weary of his ‘audacity to hope,’ while I have the equal ‘audacity to demand discussion on major issues.’  If Obama wants my vote; he better start speaking to issues of health care, ending the war, repealing Patriot, Military Commissions, etc. and restoring the Bill of Rights.  When I hear ‘feel good’ slogans; I send my vote elsewhere.  So far; Kuccinich is my candidate.  He’s the only one who stood for his principles even when the going got rough.  All the others are a bunch of phonies.  As for Oprah; she needs to go ‘see the wizard’ and grow a brain.  We don’t need more celebrities pushing their popularity as a substitute for true inquiry into real issues.  All these celebrities do is further dilute the dialogue to sinking heights of mediocrity.  We need discussion and problem solving strategies for the problems our society faces; not mindless chatter by affluent celebs.

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By Marina, May 8, 2007 at 7:48 am Link to this comment

Mark writes:

>One must remember the support Oprah gave to GW Bush and the war. What has turned her head and values?>

Oprah has gotten into “The Secret” which is a positive thinking “religion” that is closer to being a cult than a way to find inner peace.

Obama was recently at an AIPAC conference in support of Israel.

It’s all a grand illusion.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 8, 2007 at 1:49 am Link to this comment
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Gee the woman who placed a fabricated book on her must read list,who backed our entry into this ridiculous war and who backs the most inane insipid philosophy of my lifetime The Secret is now backing the I have no plans except we will all dance together singing kombaya obama.It is so depressing thinking that there are people in the United States who could care who Oprah is backing for President.Well I am sure that the hypnotized morons who watch Oprah can now shut off their brains and vote for President.

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By mark, May 7, 2007 at 6:57 pm Link to this comment
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One must remember the support Oprah gave to GW Bush and the war. What has turned her head and values?

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