December 8th, 2007
02:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Oprah's friend in the audience

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) – Before the Oprah-bama fest began in Des Moines, her best-friend and talk show host Gayle King, attempted to quietly slip into the rally. She walked up to the set of bleachers behind the stage and asked some women if she could scoot in. Within seconds cameras were clicking and fans were yelling. King spent the speech on the first row of bleachers chatting up supporters, listening and and mingling with fans.

- CNN Senior Producer Sasha Johnson

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Oprah Winfrey
soundoff (21 Responses)

    I think it is good for America to see the enthusiasm and colorblindness that is being shown toward Obama. He is indeed a savant and is indicative of what we can become if we dare to believe. Though I think he will ultimately lose the nomination to Hillary I believe he will be President one day. He is still a young man and has time on his side. I do hope Hillary tap him for a cabinet post. THIS IS INDEED GOOD FOR AMERICA AND DEMOCRACY.

    December 8, 2007 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. sean,boston,ma

    I think gayle will be a good asset on this campaign. Good for her keeping her friendship in good shape.....

    December 8, 2007 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Percy Gay

    You mean Oprah's closet gal pal. Perhaps her next O adventure needs to be advocating for gay rights.

    December 8, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |

    Yes, as everyone should remember, Gayle King is the purported lover of Oprah.

    Ms. King is an editor of 'O, the Oprah Magazine', and was the host of 'the Gayle King Show'.

    I don't believe she and Oprah are lovers, but I do believe Oprah has a crush on Dave Chappelle!

    December 8, 2007 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |


    December 8, 2007 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  6. ED Orlando Fl

    I like Obama and Oprah, I also think this manuver will fail. It comes off as Oprah trying to buy the government.One of the matters she apparently would rail against at any other time. She has lots of money and influence but this effort will not pass the smell test. America has more money than she does and Obama will have to win the people by his actions and personna, he has plenty of that BUT America wants some one with more maturity[comes with age and experience] which certainly he will obtain with age and opportunity to mature. TOO YOUNG and TOO SOON. I am an old timer and experience comes with time. Bless you both.

    December 8, 2007 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  7. mark wilkes barre pa

    Are you kidding ???? Obama and now Oprah are ticking off Bill and driving hillary over the edge exposing both of them for what they are, life time politicians who love the game more than the job

    December 9, 2007 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  8. Jonnie NH

    It was great to see three generations of strong intelligent woman in IOWA Mrs. Clinton, her mother and daughter, We truly are in a momentous time, where a woman's potential has no limitations," "Hillary Clinton has already proven to a generation of women that there are no limits for success. She is driven by her passion for public service and her belief in the enormous potential of our country. Smart, capable and strong in her convictions, Hillary has transcended the dictates of what is thought to be possible for our time.
    "Hillary is a powerful voice for change as we find our country at an important crossroads. Under her leadership, our country will regain its respect within the global community. She will prioritize issues of global climate change, universal healthcare and rebuilding a strong economy. After 8 long years, the public will once again have faith in their government.
    "Another former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt once wrote, 'In government, in business, and in the professions there may be a day when women will be looked upon as persons. We are, however, far from that day as yet.' More than 50 years later 'that day' is now upon us…and Hillary Clinton is ready to shatter through that glass ceiling for all women."

    OPRAH has put woman (her viewers) back 50 years! VOTE FOR CLINTON

    December 9, 2007 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  9. Larry Buchas, New Britain, CT

    Why is it people think it has to be Hillary's time?

    Democrats will lose another election if they choose her. Over half the country dislikes her. We can't afford another loss.

    December 9, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  10. Tracey, Minneapolis, Mn

    How on God's green earth is this news? With everything going on in the world? Come on!

    December 9, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  11. dmw,roeland park, ks

    Who cares about Oprah's friend!!! This is the problem, Obama brings in Oprah thinking that will convince women to vote for Obama. Women are not STUPID!

    Suggesting books to read are one thing, but for Obama to even think that Oprah will sway women to Obama is an insult for women.

    December 9, 2007 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  12. Mark Ramsey, Carroll Iowa

    We know well enough that Hillary also has her best friend with her. Only difference is one fits in the purse and the interpretation of an Energized campaign. That is a disgusting thought!

    December 9, 2007 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. chris

    That reminds me of this old story:

    Mother Theresa is in a Jacuzzi tub at the Playboy Mansion. She is fully clothed and no one knows that she is Mother Theresa. It is early in the morning and all the playmates are eating scrambled eggs with cheese, but not just any cheese this cheese is made with playmate milk. When offered a single bite of what they were eating she refused, but she did however satisfy her cravings for a fish dinner later in the evening against the wishes of Walt Disney.

    December 9, 2007 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. jerry,worcester,ma

    I want "that guy wolf, wolf, wolf blitzer" to start reporting here on the ticker......

    December 9, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Dorian, Brentwood, CA

    Who cares if Oprah's "friend" was in the audience? This is the lamest bit of reporting I've ever read. And. . .
    as for that rally in Des Moines, Oprah was way out of her league. Her speech was weak and without substance. Obama's was even worse: the same tired old generalities delivered with plenty of stammering, stuttering, and goofy, jerky posturing. He really needs to be scripted to come across with any credibility. A president needs to be able to think on his/her feet and respond with clarity. Obama has again missed his chance to deliver a coherent message.

    December 9, 2007 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  16. Clinton the smart choice

    It has been written Gail is Oprahs " woman friend" but Obama is against gay rights? wake up Oprah!

    December 10, 2007 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  17. R. King NH

    WAKE UP AMERICA! Its time we stop playing with Oprah and elect a QUALIFIED PRESIDENT!!! not just a man because he’s black and oprah says so, she may know soap and books, but why in he world would anyone jeopardize your future because a TV talk show host said so?... This weekends Oprah circus, will not help obama, its make us all realize Oprahs running the show not obama...Our great country needs a qualifed leader, maybe if oprah was legally running, but obama is….

    Glad the dog and pony show is over

    December 10, 2007 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  18. nw

    OMG did Oprah come out for Obama because Hillary started sleeping with Gayle????

    just a thought..

    January 10, 2008 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  19. nw

    or is this another whole gayle king??

    January 10, 2008 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. nw

    yup I was way off, totally different woman, but I saw gayle king in the article and had to double check so i was wrong.

    January 10, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  21. jonathanj800

    CNN has Wolf has Wolf Blitzer explaining how...explaining how the delegates the delegates in all the states are supporting either...are supporting either Obama or...are supporting either Obama or Clinton.

    February 5, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |