February 1st, 2008
06:30 PM ET
7 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. Nobama

    God help us all, every time I turn on CNN Michele Obama is there!!!
    Is Obama the ONLY candidate who has a spouse???
    Gotcha! This must me marketing conspiracy of Obama/CNN.
    Fortunately, no mater how heavy the marketing is, if the product stinks it won't sell. It applies well to premature Obama!
    Go Hillary!

    February 2, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  2. Susan

    I have never understood Oprah's attraction. She uses the white community to advance her financial goals and spends it in Africa as if she has any relationship to that country. She obviously doesn't share her wealth with the blacks in this country. Wake up America and support products made in the USA.

    February 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  3. Nat

    Oprah,Carolyn and Michelle?! Yikes, it's time to leave the country. What have we come to?

    February 2, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Obama wants to stop the war which has killed 4,000 plus and climbing and that's not counting the soldiers that are committing suicide. Obama is the only choice to stop the carnage.

    February 2, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. maria loi

    Oprah taking side, all because he is black. He has no proper plans laid out for the nation. If he is voted in, i think the blacks americans are very stupid. USA needs a President with experience. If he is nominated over Clinton, he will not win the race to the white house. if he wins the race to the white house, i am sorry to say, USA will decline in being the number one. It is more complicated up there to do any change without a planned new political system. I doubt he has it. Shame on Oprah!
    Taking side when the candidate is not fit to be the President of USA, not because he is black but he is a rooky senator! The nation needs a leader to handle the economy, health care and so on. Yes, he has charisma but that is not good enough.
    Shame on you, Oprah!

    February 2, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  6. Political Observer

    Why does Obama need Oprah and Kennedy endorsements to win the Presidency? Is it because he lacks substance and experience that Hillary very obviously has? And who cares about such endorsements? I'm sick and tired of CNN and media making a big deal about them and playing favorites over Obama in all their programs. Wonder how many millions Obama paid CNN and other channels for all the plugging about him. And how much Obama paid his endorsers to promote him?

    Come to think of it ... THE ENDORSERS ARE NOT GOING TO BEAR THE PROBLEMS OF THE PRESIDENCY SO WHY SHOULD THEY OR WHO THEY ENDORSE MATTER?

    In the final analysis it is the candidates – be it Hillary, Obama, McCain, Romney or Huckabee – wno will make the most difficult decisions about the country. The endorsers are just there to claim a payback once Obama gets elected!

    WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

    [Let's see if CNN includes my comments...]

    February 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. ladyc

    why is that when someone black of color come out and support another black

    person who have and good education the world get upset why is it that white &

    black can not be one nation why is that race all way have play apart of everythink I"m 55 years old I' so sick of people always so divided in everything

    why can"t we love each other and forget about color and stop being so nasty to
    each other

    I like hillary but she the past like I'm the past

    WE need people who can think for our children and grandchildren

    God be with us we need you to put love in our Heart for our children

    February 2, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  8. Truth Be Told

    It funny how you Hillary's supporters are now wary of endorsements. The fact is she has more endorsements than Obama early in this race and no one complained. People are joining Obama's camp because they want to believe again.

    There is power in the voice of Millions. We believe change happens from the bottom up not otherwise. Obama has been about inclusion while Hillary has has illusions of being the second consecutive authoritarian leader in American history.

    I still can't get over her Christmas ad. Where she's giving us the people gifts such as universal health care e.t.c She believes ( like the queen of England) that the people are her children and she can give us things. In America, no president can give us the people things that inherently belongs to us. This is the same reason Hillary fundamentally beliefs (at her own peril) that LBJ gave blacks rights. When the constitution suggests that we are all born with Freedom.

    Change We can all believe in. !!!

    February 2, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  9. Sandy

    Oprah always said she would not support a canidate because she thinks people should have there own views- Here comes a black man and out she goes-
    I will never watch Oprah because she is a phoney and am rooting for McCain so if Obama does win I have another choice- I hope Hillary wins but if not
    Go MaCain

    February 2, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Mike

    Ginny, I couldn't have said it any better!!!

    HILLARY '08

    February 2, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Demo-dog

    Yeah... right.

    Ann Coulter has essentially endorsed Hillary and she's a great judge of character (sarcasm) Even though its clearly a publicity ploy what does that say?

    "Obama bases his campaign on hope... nothing more." DO SOME RESEARCH BEFORE POSTING NONSENSE LIKE THIS – HAVE YOU DONE ANY RESEARCH?

    "Obama will pick Oprah as a running mate" – THAT WAS FROM LETTERMAN!

    Lay it out on the real tip – y'all are closet Republicans because you know who gives you the best chance to win the general.

    That said, I don't think Oprah's really going to make a difference.. nor should she.

    Demo-dog

    February 2, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  12. jeff

    this is obama's best strategy. the feminine vote which is of course substantial is his achilles heel in this democratic primary. having oprah campaign for him will help to shore up support among female voters.

    February 2, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Martina

    GO AWAY OBAMA
    GO AWAY OPRAH

    February 2, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  14. kevin from alaska

    Is Bill going to start smearing Oprah now?

    February 2, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Layne

    Wonderful :(

    February 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Becky

    Now if anyone is bringing race into this it is Oprah and her speeches!!! No one is more racist than Oprah....even if you call is reverse discrimination!!!

    February 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. tomdavie

    Nobody has ever explained to me on what GROUNDS does OPRAH have to give political speeches. She has never run a public office. She has no degree in political science.

    She has never been in the senate. Nothing.

    Obama is continuing to think americans are STUPID and will vote because OPRAH says so ???

    Or the daughter of a guy who was president for 2 years 45 years ago?

    why not start dragging out the decendants of Abraham Lincoln to stump for John Mc Cain.

    February 2, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Antonio, San Antonio TX

    If isn't this an Obama event? If so why will he be in Delaware? So for those who criticize Bill for campaigning for Hillary, I find it hypocritical to say that Bill can't help Hillary, but it would be okay for Oprah. Yeah, Obama is the wrong choice for this country if he needs Hollywood to send his message out to the public.

    February 2, 2008 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. Phil

    Folks.
    This is America. Everybody can vote for whomever they want – for whatever reason they want. And celebrities are also citizens and can do the same.

    February 2, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. dave

    OPRAH winnefrey should keep out of the political arena. she knows nothing NADA about politics and should stick to her television show . Stick to your television show and stay th eheck out of th epolitical arena which you know ZERO about.. Politics are for experienced individuals. Bill Clinton and Hillary are the best ones suited for the Job.. What do we know about obama?? he does not endorse the health issues related to the american family..Hillary Clinton is best suited for that job.. With Hillary and Bill as her 1st man america will be what it has not been in a long time.. we americans need Hilary Clinton.. Not Obama.. Good day,,

    February 2, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. egg

    pathetic pathetic pathetic.. it is a sad day that we have two ignorant individuals thatr know nothing about the needs of americans.. Obama..Who is this guy?Did anyone evere hear of him before last year.. and Oprah..Good grief.. she is as pathetic as i have ever seen anyone.. she knows nothing abpout politics and what has Mr.O promised her.. maybe a spot in his cabinet.. she is so pathetic to look at.. Stick to your tv show and leave the politics to the big guys oprah.. you dont belong in anything political arena.. i dont watch her on tv and certainly would not watch her as a politician.. this is all rediculous..we need oprah in politics like we need the measles... go away!!!

    February 2, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. egg

    pathetic pathetic pathetic.. it is a sad day that we have two ignorant individuals thatr know nothing about the needs of americans.. Obama..Who is this guy?Did anyone evere hear of him before last year.. and Oprah..Good grief.. she is as pathetic as i have ever seen anyone.. she knows nothing abpout politics and what has Mr.O promised her.. maybe a spot in his cabinet.. she is so pathetic to look at.. Stick to your tv show and leave the politics to the big guys oprah.. you dont belong in anything political arena.. i dont watch her on tv and certainly would not watch her as a politician.. this is all rediculous..we need oprah in politics like we need the measles... go away!!!
    ALL THE WAY FOR HILARY AND BILL.. WE LOVE YOU HILARY AND BILL.. WE DO NOT WANT OBAMA AS OUR NEXT LEADER.. THIS WOULD BE A MISTAKE.. WE NEED STRENGTH.. HILARY AND BILL

    February 2, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. bobbie

    see oprah thinks she is all that, she loves attention and i simply blame all those womwn out there who wants to sit down daily and liten to her . i have always thought she is racist and very fake.

    ma\ybe she needs to workout those excess weight by stumping

    it 1 then 2 then 3 and jump
    now step and jump

    sorry won't help it is HILL for me and no O-BAMA

    February 2, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. egg

    Ignorance begets Ignorance... Obama & Oprah,,, WHAT A JOKE..!!! Its really amazing what money can buy these days.. God help America if NoBama and HARPO get in office,,, reminds me of the three stooges a little bit.. without the third one.. Geez,, that s all we need two bozos in office.. hooray for Hillary. go Hillary Go!

    February 2, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. Renee' Va

    For all you white supporters of the Clintons are you voting for her because she is white? If Oprah was supporting the Clintons you would be singing a different tune. Grow up and stop with your childish comments you don't seem convinced the Clintons are going to win from all your negativity. That is exactly why Obama supporters do not support the Clintons you all are so divisive and negative and that is exactly what we will experience if she wins.

    February 3, 2008 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
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