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.
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– CNN Contributor Jamie Gray