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

Oprah to head to Denver for Obama nomination

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. CW4Barack

    Yeah Obama....its all starting to come together now!

    Isn't it funny how quickly McBush sent aide to Georgia compared to how sloooowww they reacted to Katrina victims in New Orleans….even to this day American citizens from that region still has not gotten the aid they need! Hmm….I guess when big oil is involve forget the Americans!

    August 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  2. DR. YES

    oprah is a great woman.

    August 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  3. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    More political energy for the energizer bunny Obama.

    August 14, 2008 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  4. Mark

    Oprah thinks way too much of herself.

    August 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Chris, NJ

    how is this news?
    Oprah's opinion on politics is about as valid as a plumbers opinion on how to best wire a house for electricity

    August 14, 2008 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  6. Tony

    Better get used to seeing a lot of the big "O" in DC and at the White House should Obama win. She will be just one of many expecting special favors and the ear of the President day and night.

    McCain would be even worse. He would have the big Oil boys and lobbyists using teh White House like it has a revolving door.

    Best bet is still Obama if you don't want four more years of Bush!

    August 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Veteran for Obama

    Oprah is rich just like Cindy McCain and helps out the many people. They are both humanitarians in their own ways yet the McCain supporters are very quick to attack Oprah and praise Cindy. Why? If Oprah is so bad then Cindy is right there with her

    August 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Aspire

    Ree, apparently you care ! Why read and comment?

    August 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Jan

    Oprah is over with women.

    August 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. Former Democrat

    Why doesn't Oprah support Hillary? She's also a woman, isn't she. I guess she's black first. Oh, I forgot, I shouldn't talk about race, even though 90% of blacks support Obama. That's just a coincidence.

    August 14, 2008 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Jessica

    Well, of course we should all vote for the one annointed by Oprah...

    August 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. Mike in NYC

    JB, Boston wrote:

    "Smart move Obama!"

    More like a no-brainer, but don't let that stop your gratuitous gushing over BO.

    ree wrote:

    "who cares!!!!"

    Point taken. I'm outta here.

    August 14, 2008 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. mel

    Obama, can know your veep pick at the end of the week. I'm
    hoping it will be the governor of Virginia and secty of state
    Kathleen of kansas and sety of defense Wesley Clark.Just my
    picks, but you know best.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. ProudDemocrat

    I salute you Mr. Obama our 44th president.

    August 14, 2008 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. Rich

    No offense, but who really cares?

    August 14, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  16. Your bag

    People needs to stop being so shallow. Oprah can endorse whoever she pleases. And she is not putting a gun up to nobody head to make them vote for Obama!! I don't see nobody saying the same for Mccain endorser's or did they say the same for Hilary endorser's!!

    August 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  17. angie - dallas -28

    Richard J – i'd rather have clooney, oprah, and others who ahd good heads on there shoulders rather than McCrack who embraces bush cheney and every other pebug that has put us in the state we are in

    OBAMA BIDEN 2008


    -rolls eyes-

    August 14, 2008 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  18. Lee

    In 2000 we had Flori"DA"!
    In 2008 we have O"DA"ma!
    Barack Hussein Obama want's to fill loser and worst President in my lifetime Jimmy Carter's second term, only with more "celebrities". I think the theme song for the Dem's convention should be Brad Paisley's Celebrity.

    August 14, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  19. Sue

    Did I read this right: Oprah is going to the Denver obamanation?

    August 14, 2008 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  20. Kris from AZ

    Lets celebrate and take on the republicans!

    August 14, 2008 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Frank from Peterborough

    It wouldn't matter if Oprah supported Obama or not any woman with just a modicum of self respect wouldn't vote for McCain based on his record of voting on women's issues. The same goes for any veterans or people who support veteran's issues.

    The final results will boil down to people who want a peaceful existence with an improving economy will support Obama and the people who consider themselves the master race who want to dominate the world through wars and rhetoric will vote for McCain.

    August 14, 2008 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. Brett

    whatever, Obama needs many ladies on his side....I will NEVER vote for him.

    August 14, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  23. Richard J

    wonder if she'll attend the Clooney/obama fundraiser in Switrzerland?

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. Eric

    There is so much energy coming out of Obama's camp compared to the funeral home spirit surrounding McCain's campaign. When even Powell doesn't want to endorse you, you know you are in big trouble. It is true you have Hagee and some other bigots in the South who like you.

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  25. Shotta Nic

    justjoe, richard, a-lo = HATERS!!!

    Its actually funny how you find anything to hate on.

    When did it become negative for prominent people to support a candidate?

    You are acting like people who get famous are not as informed as others, in fact they might be more informed. And the best part is, they are the ones who have Buch Tax cuts, and still support Obama.

    Stop hating! 🙂

    August 14, 2008 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
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