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. Allison, NH

    Tina in NY, NY:

    Please! Huckabee has had several celebs backing him, such as Chuck Norris, that has been all over the news. Guilani has been tossing around Pat Roberton's for a week-or-so now.

    Why is it so absurd for Oprah to support this man? Not only is she aligned with his views, they have a personal relationship. Good for him to have such an awesome person supporting him! Oprah has done more positive things for this world than Pat Robertson, Chuck Norris and the rest of the Republican Party (except Ron Paul) combined.

    No Third Term, Vermont:

    Don't count your chickens. I happen to live in NH, and I hear more about Obama than Billary anyday. I bet he does quite well in both states.

    November 21, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  2. Dave, Cheverly, MD

    Good for Obama and to Oprah, Do what you do best Oprah. Which is Presenting and exposing Americas to persons, views and hidden treasures that are incorporated in our World.
    At least she is coming out and saying it in the open. Not like the Media (ALL of them) who are rigging debates and smearing Obama while clearly campaigning for Hillary.

    November 22, 2007 02:03 am at 2:03 am |
  3. Sam, IA

    The very fact that Obama is doing so well in Iowa should tell you that the majority of Americans look past the racial stereotypes the few Fox lovers post in this blog. Oprah has been in the crosshairs of Fox and the hate jocks for years but they know she is above thier swiftboat mentality and her life is a testament to positive living and integrity. Thanks Oprah

    November 22, 2007 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  4. Bill, Lagrange, GA

    If you don't vote for Obama you are a Racist and Bigot!

    November 22, 2007 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  5. Chris,boston,ma

    For those who are angry about this, did you know who else is doing it?.Tiger Woods is weighing on hiting the trail for Obama........

    November 22, 2007 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  6. Mo Le Conquérant, Toronto

    Hilary used Wolf Blitzer in the last debate to make the next President of the United States of America look silly on a yes or no question, so what if Ms Winfrey out of her own will comes out to make sure that the lobyist Hilary doesn't get elected...

    November 22, 2007 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  7. Independent in IA

    Yes, Obama is an admirable human being, but his incredible naivity and inexperience would simply not serve this country well. When he is a little more 'seasoned' he may have relevance, but not now.

    November 22, 2007 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  8. DMW, Roeland Park, KS

    Oprah and Obama are personal friends. She has had him on her show a couple of times before he even announced to run for President.

    It is not fair to say Oprah supports Obama because he is black. That is like saying that white people only support white men who have been President because they are white.

    When, in American will folks get over the fact that black people are highly qualitified for many things and blacks just don't only support blacks. That is just old-time, old-school thinking. And, that is a way for whites to try and keep blacks in their so-called place.

    The comment by the guy from Oregon is the main reason why it is not time for a black to be President. There are still too many racists in America. Some day, I do pray that we will see beyond color and embrace all people no matter what their background, gender, skin color, or ethnicity.

    November 22, 2007 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  9. david mwaura,SaintPaul,MN

    I think it is a good idea and Oprah has the right to support whom ever she wants to,it is her show anyway.

    November 22, 2007 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  10. V

    He can use anyone he wants. At the end of the day, he is the one has to face the nation. Yes, he is charming, good education, can be a very good speech professor. BUT, he does not have experience, he can't lead this country, his records are the weakest in this race and he does not have sharp judgement.

    Joe Biden 08

    November 22, 2007 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  11. Jim, Hooksett, NH

    New Horizons is a food pantry. The only food bank in New Hampshire- the NH Food Bank, is located down the street.

    November 22, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. J. McKinney SW MO

    Hmmm, I had almost forgot about Oprah. She hasn't said a word, or made a speech, or mentioned Obama in any way, at least that got in the news, since she backed him, has she? I guess he is "praising her" in the hope she will speak up in some way. I think she figured out that supporting him wasn't going as well for her as she would have hoped, so she piped down. Will be interesting to see if she does something to bring attention back to the fact that she backs him. Something to help his campaign.
    Anyway, just commenting. I'm for Hillary.

    November 22, 2007 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. Christian, Tampa FL

    Look, celebrities have the same rights that we do, and they can support a candidate if they want. Saying that Oprah supports Obama "because he's black" is ridiculous and is contrary to the sort of change that Obama and his supporters are trying to create in this country.

    Maybe it's not that there is something wrong with all these candidates. Maybe there's something wrong with the average American when all we seem to be able to do is complain because someone doesn't wear their little lapel pin or we think their hips are too big.

    November 22, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Brian, Syracuse NY

    That chick next to Obama looks nice...

    It's times like this that I'm glad I've mastered typing with one hand. ;-)

    November 22, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Micahel Guinn, Ventura, CA

    I'm happy to have Oprah on our team- and I'm still amazed after all these years at some of these comments people make!
    It just shows how MUCH we need someone like Barack Obama to help change this country back into a Possitive place instead of a Land of Negative Spinners.
    GOT HOPE? OBAMA 08!

    November 23, 2007 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  16. NY SOLDIER, ROCHESTER NEW YORK

    OBAMA IS DOING THE RIGHT THING...FOR HIM! HE IS TRYING EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING TO PUT HIS NAME OUT THERE!BUT, IF YOU LOOK AT WHOS HE IS USING,YOU WILL SEE THAT THEY ARE ALL THE SAME RACE. HE SHOULDNT HAVE TO PUT HIMSELF OUT THERE LIKE THAT! HE SHOULD FEEL CONFIDENT WHEN HE SAYS "I HAVE THE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS VOTES IN MY HAND!" OR DOES HE? FROM UNIONS TO TALK SHOW HOSTS TO GETTING A HAIRCUT TO POURING COFFEE...THIS YEARS ELECTION SHOULD GET TURNED INTO A SOAP OPERA;OR EVEN A MOVIE! HA...SOME PEOPLE ARE VERY DESPERATE!

    November 23, 2007 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  17. Independent in IA

    "If you don't vote for Obama you are a Racist and Bigot!"
    Posted By Bill, Lagrange, GA

    Guess I'm a 'Racist' and 'Bigot', Bill, cause I prefer someone in the W.H. who has proven experience and judgement, not just the 'flavor of the day' skin color or questionable credentials based on a child's perceptions. So be it.

    November 23, 2007 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  18. LILLY,NY,NY

    I will be voting for any republician if Obama is on the ballot.

    November 23, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  19. tina, NY, NY

    Allison.
    YOu got lot of time on your hands to write such lenghty response. Oprah also endorsed that moron plastic surgeon who is under investigation Kanya west mom's death.

    Over all I will vote for republican if Obama is on the ticket. YOu got my answer. Not voting for his moron.

    November 23, 2007 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  20. M. Brathwaite, Virgin Islands

    Now that it seams that there is a possibility that the half white, half Black candidate could be nominated the saber tooth fangs are beginning to show.

    Im frankly not supprise. Whether you all admit it or not, America is a racist country and the big question this election is IS BARACK OBAMA WHITE ENOUGH TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE U.S." I believe he is capable enough and is the best hope for a revitalized country but I dont think America will give him the chance. Go Obama.

    November 23, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. aj huntington ny

    that IS a great picture of Obama... too bad he doesn't have much else going for him

    November 23, 2007 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  22. willa, dover. de.

    It's SO obvious Oprah only has Obama in her pocket because he's black. Oprah has probably not backed any candidate before this, and has not said "he's the ONLY person I'll have on my show". So, you mean to tell me there hasn't been anyone running in the 20 yrs. she's been around who had her ideals and who she agreed with?

    No, it's because he's black . Pure and simple. She's the racist.

    November 23, 2007 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. points

    You watch her show doesn't mean you have to agree with everything she said. She is rich and famous and you are not. They are friends for years and Oprah does not invite any other candidates to her show. That tells you something. All other shows invite all candidates to their shows. Unfortunetely, not all people Oprah endorsed are real "stuff", with all respect. This time, she is wrong again. I believe this conmment made by someone else before" people come to see Oprah ( her fundraising for Obama in Calif), not Obama" Obama has long way to go to be able to handle this nation. He was not tested and I do not judge him by his speech only, rather his records in the past. After reviewing Tim's MTP, I have more doubt about his judgement and leadership.

    November 24, 2007 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  24. john, NY,NY

    Oprah's endorsements are as clear as mud. Lets see...she endorsed Plastic surgeon who happens to be black and is now under investigation due kanya west mom's death. How about her school in africa where child abuse was reported. Her interview with MJ so my friend list is long and her stamp of approvable doesn't mean that candiate is good. OPrah needs to stick with her talkshow because things are starting to backfire at her.

    _________________________________________
    You watch her show doesn't mean you have to agree with everything she said. She is rich and famous and you are not. They are friends for years and Oprah does not invite any other candidates to her show. That tells you something. All other shows invite all candidates to their shows. Unfortunetely, not all people Oprah endorsed are real "stuff", with all respect. This time, she is wrong again. I believe this conmment made by someone else before" people come to see Oprah ( her fundraising for Obama in Calif), not Obama" Obama has long way to go to be able to handle this nation. He was not tested and I do not judge him by his speech only, rather his records in the past. After reviewing Tim's MTP, I have more doubt about his judgement and leadership.

    Posted By points : November 24, 2007 9:30 am

    November 24, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  25. susan wesley, merr., IN

    I think he loves Ophra because she is black like him and I will never vote for him. He is too inexperienced, he is only for the black people, and they will be the only people that will benefit.

    November 27, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
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