Obama Gets The “O” Factor

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Barack, Hillary

Could Oprah siphon off enough female support to get Barack nominated?

From Wash Post:

Oprah Winfrey, the nation’s wealthiest African American and host of an afternoon television program, endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in May. Now, she is in discussions with his advisers about playing a broader role in the campaign — possibly as a surrogate on the stump or an outspoken advocate — or simply bringing her branding magic to benefit his White House bid.

On Saturday, Winfrey will host her first-ever presidential fundraising affair on the grounds of the Promised Land, her 42-acre ocean- and mountain-view estate in Montecito, Calif. — an event that is expected to raise more than $3 million for Obama’s campaign.

Although no guests will be permitted to enter Winfrey’s house, a few dozen VIPs will have special access to Winfrey.

The fundraiser may be only the start. The Winfrey and Obama machines have maintained silence on the exact nature of their talks over what her role will be, but the idea of her appearing in television ads and other appeals is very much in play. She offered during a recent interview with CNN’s Larry King: “My money isn’t going to make any difference. My value to him — my support of him — is probably worth more than any other check that I could write.”

She’s right. Her following is extremely loyal and if she talks up Obama on her program enough…well, it could sway enough women to be a problem for Hillary.

Something to watch…


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2 Responses to “Obama Gets The “O” Factor”

  1. Jeremy Says:

    I am a liberal and I HATE Hilliary. It’s so apparent, even to the blind that this woman is a power mongering bitch. She drifts wherever the winds happen to be blowing. She thinks she’s entitled and “qualified” to play president because she was an armchair president while her husband was in office. The Clintons sold out America just like Bush Sr. and Bush are selling-out America now.

    This stupid, stupid woman supported the war from the start and her stance on the issue changes from week-to-week. There’s not a f’ing chance this power-hungry bimbo is getting my vote.

  2. Dave Says:

    I think more and more people are seeing the “real” side of Hillary. She jumped states just to get a seat in the Senate. What is interesting, is that online Mr. Obama gets more positive spin and reaction. Hillary just gets torn apart by a lot of people. There are few websites out there that track data for the “online” aspect of the election, and Barack has higher numbers then any other candidate by a huge margin.

    (http://www.spartaninternet.com/2008 is probably the best one Ive seen)

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