November 21st, 2007
04:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Obama praises Oprah, gets into holiday spirit

Sen. Obama spent some time at a New Hampshire food bank on the eve of Thanksgiving.

(CNN) - While volunteering at a New Hampshire food bank Wednesday, Sen. Barack Obama told reporters that Oprah Winfrey is a close friend and key supporter who would be able to help spread his message to voters not yet tuned into the presidential race.

“Obviously to the extent that she can highlight some of the themes of our campaign and reach some people who might not otherwise be thinking about politics that’s great,” Obama said. The Illinois Democratic presidential hopeful added, “She's a dear friend and I'm real appreciative that she's wiling to take time out of her busy schedule.”

Obama said he plans to spend Thanksgiving in Chicago, where he will play host to his wife’s family.

“Michelle has all of these wonderful uncles as well as her brother who are great storytellers and I spend the entire day just listening to other people instead of talking,” he joked. Obama was keen to stress the importance of giving back during the holiday period. “Thanksgiving is a time when we’re grateful for what we have but we also are thinking about those who don’t have,” he said.

Related video: Watch Sen. Obama in New Hampshire Wednesday

– CNN Contributor Jamie Gray

soundoff (54 Responses)
  1. Nicholas Edmonds SLC, UT

    Oprah does not even understand the outcome of this decision because she has no concept of politics.....

    This canidate wants to to build schools and feed the kids in Iraq, and other Arabic nations but we have kids that are uneducated and starving in the United States.....We have done all we can for Iraq, and now we need to deal with problems on the home front.

    November 27, 2007 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  2. D, LEWIS

    So how does Ms. Winfrey say "thank you" to these American women and girls who have made her the woman she is today. She establishes a leadership academy for girls in a foreign country. How dare she. She ought to be ashamed. That leadership academy should have been established in the United States, to give back to the community that has given Ms. Winfrey the ability to establish such a school. Secondly Obama as president.WE ARE STILL LAUGHING…
    Maybe he would be more helpful to Oprah to run her school, since the girls are being abused…
    BTW OPRAH? Maybe you should concentrate on your school instead of trying to buy a black presidential candidate.SHAME ON YOU OPRAH...
    BOYCOTT HARPO

    November 30, 2007 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. LOS ANGELES, CA

    YOU ALL NEED TO STOP HATING ON OBAMA LET A BLACK MAN WIN FOR ONCE..IM NOT RACIST BUT DAM ITS NOT ALL ABOUT HILARY CLINTON HER HUSBAND DIDNT TELL PEOPLE ABOUT THE REAL AMERICA EITHER WHEN HE WAS PRESIDENT..SHE KNOWS ABOUT THE SECRETS DURING HER HUSBAND TIME AT PRESIDENT. SO BEING A WOMAN SHE REALLY DONT HAVE EXPIERENCE HERSELF. I WILL VOTE OBAMA AND OPRAH YOU GO GIRL WHY BABARA AINT HELPING HILARY? SUCH A SHAME

    December 11, 2007 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  4. sabrina01

    Obama 2008

    January 7, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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