February 1st, 2008
06:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Oprah back on the trail

Oprah last campaigned for Obama in early December.

Oprah last campaigned for Obama in early December.

(CNN) - Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey is set to headline a Barack Obama event in Los Angeles Sunday, two days before Democrats in California and 21 other states head to the polls.

The event will mark Winfrey's return to the campaign trail two months after the media mogul stumped for the Illinois senator in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, drawing record-breaking crowds and heavy media coverage.

Obama's wife Michelle and Caroline Kennedy will also attend the event, though the Illinois senator himself is scheduled to be in Delaware that day.

- CNN's Chris Welch contributed to this report

soundoff (191 Responses)
  1. George from Minneapolis

    This is great. I find it very funny that people are angry for Oprah for endorsing and campaigning with Obama. If Oprah was supporting your candidate you would be doing backflips. Oprah is bringing ALOT of positive attention to Obama. Don't hate on Oprah or Obama because she chose Obama to help and NOT YOUR CANDIDATE 🙂

    Oprah can use her stardom any legal way she choses and she uses it in positive ways to improve people's lives. Oprah like Obama has character that can't seriously be questioned, thats been proven and constant throughout their public lives.

    One more thing.... It is obvious that Oprah is more than just a t.v personality. Just because she is an entertainer does not mean she should stay in the box that simple minded people think she she stay in and play the roles other people think she should play.

    I am very proud of Oprah and Obama of course.

    February 1, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  2. Moe, NY

    Oprah should stick to her cute/sweet/sickening TV show. Please people of America...do not vote based on TV personalities/political figures....they are misleading at best. Let's make this election the PEOPLE'S CHOICE.

    February 1, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  3. Ralph, South Carolina

    Some of you posters on here reek of racism. Stop your bleeping crying and stop drinking all of that hater-ade. OBAMA WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT!


    February 1, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. SC for Hillary

    I hope everyone see Oprah for who she is, to all you White people who support her show, you should have enough intellect to see that she is an IN THE CLOSET
    RACIST, everyone should stop watching her show, should boycott her show, as you can see her ratings are dropping, viewers should watch Tyra Banks show instead of Oprahs, send her a message by helping her ratings to go down, all the way down until she is forced off TV, if she want to be in politics, then give up that phony oprah winfry show. You can tell what kind of person she is, she is willing to run on the campaigh trail for Nobama, but does not recognize her own mother. neither does she ever mention her mother on her TV show. Oprah is a disgrace to any campaign, It's PATHETIC and PITIFUL that Nobama has put an In the Closet Racist out there to plead his case. well one thing that does tell everybody, that Nobama is facing reality, that he is a loser, and a vote for Nobama is a vote for the republican, Nobama will not and cannot win this election even if Nobama's mother rose from the dead and campaighed for him. OPRAH YOU ARE A PHONY AND A FAKE, SO IS CAROLINE KENNEDY AND HER ALCOHOLIC, MURDEROUS

    February 1, 2008 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  5. Dem Ohio

    why am I in moderation forever?

    February 1, 2008 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  6. Richard, CA

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with Oprah being among the speakers at a political rally for Obama. She is a very good speaker and it is her right. I wouldn't say she has turned her back on women. She has just decided to support the candidate that moves her most. The vitriol from some of these Clinton supporters is over the top. Are we not on the same team?

    February 2, 2008 03:51 am at 3:51 am |
  7. charlene

    Tell Opra to stay home and get a life!!

    February 2, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  8. collin

    DISGUSTING...OPRAH, You are supposed to be an objective observer, yet have chosen to endorse an inexperienced candidate like Obama...Furthermore, Oprah was the person that injected race into this contest, not Bill Clinton.

    February 2, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  9. James

    The rumor is that if OBAMA wins the Primary he will pick OPRAH as her running mate for VP. This conspiracy is worst than the WaterGate scandal.

    February 2, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. James

    OPRAH for President! OBAMA for Vice President = WHAT A JOKE!

    February 2, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  11. whatime

    What Good News

    Go Obama 08!!!

    February 2, 2008 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. Jim ( Independent )

    Barack Obama's secret weapon is one that the Clinton's don't have an answer for. This secret weapon offers America and the world something that the Clinton's couldn't , even on there best day.

    As someone that is old enough to remember another time and place in this country when the the American people was looking for a reason to have a sense of pride and the ability to dream big dreams with endless hope and possibilities for a better tomorrow. A young man came onto the world stage and changed this country with his inspiration and hope. The critics said it couldn't be done and he told us , we are going to the moon within 10 years, AND WE DID !

    Here we are today decades later and America is once again watching another young man with a unique ability to lift people up with a sense of pride , honor and integrity and the ability to give people a reason to believe again, that our best days are yet to come. Someone that understands that real change comes from the bottom up , and all things are possible with the will of the American people behind you.

    The vision of a young man that tells us "we are one people" and YES WE CAN.

    Yes Barack Obama is one of them leaders that has the unique ability to break down the walls that divide us , and get us all on the same page as " ONE PEOPLE".

    But Barack Obama's secret weapon is one that this country and the world can take pride in , it's one that the Clinton's don't have an answer for because, this secret weapon comes with Honor , Gracefulness , Integrity , Intelligence and the background of life experiences of real every day people.


    February 2, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Shane, rockville maryland

    Oprah inspires women, but Oprah wont be in the White house! How is that a win for women?

    February 2, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. maryp

    Oprah does not inspire me! It's all about Oprah! The endorsement for Obama is because he is black. Everything she does relative to her endorsements is black related. Her movies, her endorsements, her church affiliation, etc. Her school in africa and her continous affiliation with the BIG STARS!!!!!!


    February 2, 2008 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  15. mike

    Fact: she is the biggest endorsement for either party. Oprah is, is, is warm and generous to the democratic party and she supports womens rights. She is well respected and has proven to be genuine in her thoughts. Anything else is just pure JEALOUSEY!

    February 2, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  16. Joan

    You will never go broke betting on the stupidity of the American people.

    In 2000, we chose a guy that everyone recognized as having, at best, average intelligence. But, we said, it sure would be cool to have a beer with him. So, we elected George Bush for President.

    Bush promised to get Osama bin Laden, the person responsible for the deaths of 3000 Americans, but couldn't figure our how. He talked us into invading Iraq for nonexistent WMD and got us stuck in a civil war that killed 3000 soldiers. The American people rewarded this "success" by reelecting him in 2004.

    Since then, Bush has destroyed the economy, spent trillions on an endless war, mismanaged everything from Katrina to the budget, and conspired with his oil friends to quadruple the price of oil.

    Did we learn? Of course not. We are now excited about a liberal black man with just two years of experience at the federal level. He has no management or executive experience. No real record of accomplishing anything. Why? Because he sure talks pretty.

    God help this country.

    February 2, 2008 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. Mimi Hamid

    I have never followed up with American Votes before. But this time, I kinda like to get myself updated with America Votes 2008. All this due to Barack Obama. I think I like him to be the next President of America, for a change. I hope some of the changes he'll make will be as follows:-

    – that America as a super power country has now gained the RESPECT from all over the world.

    – STOP all that American EGO, I meant to say: STOP that Attitude thinking that America is BIG, big enough to Be A BIG BULLY to send troops for WAR in IRAQ!

    – LET's make the WORLD A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE IN for you, me, and everybody.

    Obama, if you become the chosen one, please come to Singapore and see how our Government run the country. WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT WE HAVE A GOOD GOVERNMENT. WE ARE TRULY ONE NATION, ONE PEOPLE.

    I wish you all the best in the PRESIDENTIAL RACE.

    Best regards
    Mimi Hamid

    February 2, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  18. Umm

    "JJ Monterey, CA,
    Geez can't Obama do it on his own? Has to drag Oprah back in!

    Must have been a real flop in the debates…"

    So Hillary can have that fool of a husband of her run around and stir the pot?
    Obama at least has someone who is respectable on his trail.

    Obama 08'

    February 2, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Paul, Miami florida

    Never did like the activism. This clearly shown that Obama can't
    make it on his own 2 feet. He needs others to do it for him. Tells
    volumes about his character. And you all want him to be president?
    Who is going to be his cabinet made of entertainers? Oprah, you just need
    to go do your show and make more millions. Sell more books. OK!

    February 2, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. justobserve

    I agree: "Bill Clinton was critisized NOT campaigning for his wife but FOR being nasty and disrespectful( putting in danger the future and image of the entire party)…so don't compare Oprah to Bill….".

    February 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Ginny, CA

    When a candidate bases his campaign on hope, change, unity, and nothing more, he's going to need all the help he can get. If Obama showed a real understanding of the issues and could express exactly how he would go about making the positive changes he talks about, he wouldn't need those who have endorsed him going out on the campaign trail, full-force, steamroller style, in an attempt to add substance to his message. It's interesting that even Caroline Kennedy, who has TV ads running non-stop across the country, only speaks of Obama bringing hope and excitement to the people. Ted Kennedy's pro-Obama speeches are more of the same as are Claire McCaskill's and Oprah's. They don't have much of a message to work with, but rely on whipping up the voters with more soaring, poetic, empty rhetoric.

    Finally, I am getting pretty tired of hearing the media tell us that Hillary appeals to the under-educated, poor people who are on the lower social level, while they speak of Obama's supporters coming from the highly educated, affluent, upper level of society. That message is offensive on many levels.

    February 2, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. MS

    It is good to see good civilised debates and also smart people stand up for this country. Last 20 yrs of sneaky, bickering politics has sickened me. Gald to see Oprah put her good office to hadr work and may God Bless Obama.
    I want clean govt not politics and poll driven govt.

    February 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. justobserve

    Why "Your comment is awaiting moderation"?

    February 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. petit,bruno

    Obama is a good man

    February 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. jason of indianapolis

    Look at all of this racism and sexism in here, oprah has a right to vote for whom ever she wants to! what about womens pro choice movement? a women has a right to have control over her body but not the right to vote for whom ever she wants to! such hypocracy, she has done more than any other woman in modern times to help women out and to improve their lives. so don't support her , she never really had ur support in the first place! and for all of u idiots screaming the race card, what color is ur skin? stupid!!!!! if ophar would have run instead of hillary how many of u would have supported her ? a black , asian or latin woman wouldn't get ur support! because of her skin color , u racist idiots, and by injecting race in this shows that the KKK is on the rise, and its members are mostly women now!!!!!!

    February 2, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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