August 14th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
6 years ago

Oprah to head to Denver for Obama nomination

Oprah hit the trail for Obama during the primary season.
Oprah hit the trail for Obama during the primary season.

(CNN) - Oprah Winfrey will be on hand when Barack Obama accepts the Democratic nomination in Denver – but the talk show host, who was a key presence at rallies for the Illinois senator during the primary season, won’t take the stage, a representative from her production company told CNN Wednesday.

The spokeswoman also denied rumors Winfrey was planning to spend thousands renting a home in Denver during the convention.

In June, shortly after Obama effectively clinched the Democratic nomination, Winfrey – who appeared with him in several key early-voting states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and California – said she was "euphoric” over his victory.

“I've been doing the happy dance all day,” she said in a statement then. “I'm so proud of Barack and Michelle and what this means for all of us, the new possibilities for our country.”

She added that she’d be happy to hit the trail again on his behalf: “And if he wants me to, I'm ready to go door to door."

soundoff (193 Responses)
  1. justjoe

    ..it looks like Michelle is replacing Oprah, folks. ....primetime speaker on Monday night.........golly, what other "first lady" candidate ever did that on the first go-around? All hail Mr. ...and Mrs...Teflon

    August 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. PELOSI SUCKS

    I THINK I JUST THREW UP A LITTLE

    BOPRAH IS A HAS-BEEN!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. Richard J

    Oprah, Clooney, Parker, keep those celebrity ties comin' obama... we all know how influential hollywood is. *rolls eyes*

    August 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Jill in Chicago

    Obama had Oprah's endorsement, and quite frankly, I don't think Oprah carries any credibility here. Obama campaign should not make a big deal out of the endorsement, it could backfire. People don't want Oprah telling them who to vote for.

    August 14, 2008 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. JB, Boston

    I think he realized that her backing is good, but, she should not become the focal point. Smart move Obama!

    August 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Anonymous

    THANKS YOU!

    Time for ALL women to follow Oprah's and Hillary's advice, two of the smartest women in America – Support Real Change not McBush!

    August 14, 2008 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. A-Lo

    Two "of the biggest celebrities in the world."

    August 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. Bill

    Where is the "news" to this article? Is there someone left in the country who doesn't know Oprah's sentiments? I don't really think showbiz types swing elections.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Kyle Muncie, Indiana

    Go Oprah! Right choice!

    August 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. George from Minneapolis

    I am so happy that Oprah is using her celebrity to suport Obama. This is what high profile people should do, use their fame and exposure to support important issues that affect people's lives.

    Way to go Oprah, I am very proud of you.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. justjoe

    Oprah, wait...just thought of something u can do!!!!!!Can you make a little contribution to help defray the costs of flying over the German musicians who helped round up my Berlin audience.....gotta fill the big Denver stadium for my "acceptance" speech. That would be cool of you............thanks.

    August 14, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. NELSON Colorado Springs, Co

    Go Oprah Winfrey, come to the mountain top you mite see the promise land for Sen Obama. Looking forward to see you . Go Obama

    August 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. ree

    who cares!!!!

    August 14, 2008 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. larryh wi

    Opra snopra, she is nothing more than a big blow hard, was it a surprise that she backed the African, yeah right.

    August 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Joe Average

    HARPO is not a big endorsment. She is a washed up want-a-be!

    August 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Debby

    BIG DEAL! They are making this convention like the Oscars while us poor slobs are paying top dollar at the pumps and the economy is in the toilet. Oh I see that doesn't matter to Obama he is playing golf today.

    August 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. Morningstar

    Cnn this is old news. Many of us are going to Denver, so what?

    August 14, 2008 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Shannon

    oooh, a big celebrity endorses another big celebrity, how touching. It's really sad that we live in a country where television personalities can influence how we vote. I know, how about Obama supporters going on line to Senate.gov and reading about their messiah. and seeing how he voted on the issues. How about trying that, rather than letting a talk show host tell you how to vote. How stupid you must be to base your most important right, on what Ophra tells you to do.

    August 14, 2008 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Abby

    Love her! But if she is not speaking, then how is this news?

    August 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  20. Accountant Guy

    Oprah is a very smart woman, that is why she has been able to build such a sucessful business. So it makes since that she supports Obama.

    Obama '08

    August 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Sick & Tired of Nobama

    The USA doesn't want a celebrity to run the country. We need someone who is at least patriotic in the least.
    Nobama is a clown with all his clown friends. Get real America, stop taking the hope dope. Sober up and vote for someone who can lead this country. Nobama will run us into the ground. We will be like all those German sheep he preached to.
    MCCain 08

    August 14, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  22. Mike in Houston

    Okay I am an Obama supportor, but why does Winfrey's name keep coming up? Who really cares whether she speaks or not? She is a talk show host, that's it. Yes we know she supports Obama, we know she is happy. Why is she allowed space in the CNN Political Ticker? I 'd rather one you do a report on the real story behind John McCain's Vietnam so called Imprisonment, Let's discuss about the lives that were taken due to he sold his own countrymen out to save his own butt. Let's talk about his cheating on his first wife who had Cancer with his current wife (you sure like talikng about Edwards and his wife), Heck I will play Devil's Advocate, let's talk about Obama dumb idea of windfall tax, let's talk about Obama's dumb idea of giving Americans a rebate check, even though there is no money to do that. Cmon CNN, the election is in 2 1/2 months, give us some real stuff to discuss.

    August 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Anonymous

    don't come to my door and what do you exactly mean by, "us"?

    August 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Montana is Obama Country

    OPRAH ROCKS..!!

    Yes..WE..CAN..

    Obama 2008

    August 14, 2008 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. Shari, NY

    OOOO my!!!

    Condi Rice and Colin Powell, please join! You are talents have not been put to good use.

    August 14, 2008 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
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