December 3rd, 2008
06:56 PM ET
14 years ago

Oprah filming in DC for inauguration week

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Oprah hit the trail for Obama during the primary season."](CNN) - Oprah Winfrey is heading to Washington.

The talk show host told Access Hollywood Tuesday night that she will tape her inauguration week shows in the nation’s capital, and has rented the Kennedy Center’s lush Opera House – which seats roughly 2,300 - to serve as her studio for the week.

"I'm going to break that right here; that's where I'm going to be," she said. "See you there . . . that's the place to be."

Winfrey, who fundraised for Obama, appeared with him in several key primary states, including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. She was also on hand for his acceptance speech at the Democratic convention in Denver, and his victory speech in Chicago last month.

“There are not even words to talk about what this night means,” Oprah told Access Hollywood that night. “Everybody keeps using the word historic — there’s never been a night like this on the planet earth… Nothing can compare to this.”

soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Mike in NYC

    "...there’s never been a night like this on the planet earth… Nothing can compare to this.”

    I'm sure Christians will agree that the Resurrection can't hold a candle to Obamapalooza.

    December 3, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  2. Dave

    Who cares? Oprah is just a rascist who supports Obama because she likes the color of his skin. It's a sad commentary on America that so many people look up to her. Hopefully someday we can get past all rascism. And for anyone who is wondering, yes I voted for Obama.

    December 3, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. kevin

    michelle i would watch out. this big cow is so on your husband i think she really wants to undress him, jump him, and ride on top of him for all he is worth. Barry's dad was black and his mom was white. Barry spent very very little time with his dad and most of his life was around his mom, so yes in fact he is barely what you could call a true proper black man. he is very much white. just watch when all this crumbles and we have to deal with this horrible president. he will be a horrible president. all you that love him, you don't even know who he is cause the press never vetted him. we all have no clue who this man really is. he already took in old time washington insiders for his team and preached changed. watch what happens american. this man is going to be a rotten uselss president. all he has is his big stupid month and a waddler in a moo moo who supports him. Obama voters, your all useless morons.

    December 3, 2008 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. cindy

    God bless Oprah. hey Oprah's haters she is a human being like all of you.Her candidate won period. speaking of giving that money to homeless or helping Brad Pitt in new orleans.Brad is doing what Oprah did long time ago. Noone has given to this country more than OPRAH.So you haters be careful what you wish, it will comeback to you. GOD BLESS THIS GREAT NATION.

    December 3, 2008 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. thanos

    Alas some of the comments on this board only highlight how much hate and racism President-Elect Obama has to wipe out in the coming years. If Obama was just some guy walking down the street those saying he is not Black would be the first ones to call him the N word. To all of the white women who feel cheated because Oprah endorsed Obama; get over it. I know you thought Oprah was going to lead the next Crusade and get a White woman(obviously it doesn't matter who because you'd take Hillary or Palin as long as they're white) into the White House but she voted her conscience and not your wants. Maybe you thought all of your money spent following her put her in debt to you. Think again!! In the end the comments on this board and many others like it only show that alot of the white population is never going to rid itself of the racist poison that flows through their veins.

    December 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  6. Mike

    Oprah, another fake going to DC.

    December 3, 2008 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  7. richie

    Go Oprah, you have been proven right!

    December 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  8. Larry

    That's left OPRAH

    December 3, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  9. Independent in NC

    Oh Oprah, I'm pretty sure the days when we elect a woman, a Latino, an Asian, someone of Middle-Eastern descent or a Native American to the highest office in the land will easily compare. How about someone who is openly handicapped (since most people didn't know about Roosevelt)? We still have a lot of work to do when it comes to breaking down barriers in this country.

    December 3, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  10. Me

    Holy Hannah. This IS a slow news day.

    December 3, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  11. Bruce

    Go on another diet Ophra.. Way to go

    December 3, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  12. Albo58

    Oprah lost my respect when she started bankrolling "news worthy" causes outside the U.S.! If you have that kind of money to burn, then use it here in America to help America's poor. Charity starts at home!

    December 3, 2008 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Andrea/ CA

    Good for Oprah, if I had the money I would be there too, I also would donate some $ for a good cause, as Oprah did many of times. SHe has every right to feel the way she is feeling. Heck I am white and I am proud. To bad that there is still so much hate and racism going on in this world. May God Bless the president Elect and his entire cabinet, and may he forgive and bless all who left hatefull racist comments.
    We need to unite and come together, after all this is the United States of America. Shame on some of you, and for the rest, good for YOU.

    December 3, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Lisa

    Wow... so many haters, Oprah could just go and enjoy it for herself, but she will bring a perspective to those who cannot attend. Thanks, Oprah... and to all those with nasty comments... how sad, i feel sorry for you.

    December 3, 2008 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  15. Eileen

    Oprah and Obama make me sick. For the first time in my adult life I am not proud of my country. This is truly a national tradgedy. The media selected Obama, with no experience or accomplishments, just because he is black. What a crime against our once great country.

    December 3, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Yes, yes, yes!

    I ain't mad at her, you go girl! Can I get a ticket?
    And I too agree with her comment, that there's never been a night like the night when he won the election. It was so amazing, it was so surreal, it was so powerful and God's presence was everywhere.

    December 3, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  17. Mike in Vancouver

    Commentator "JB" says "Other women should think before they blindly support any thing she (Oprah) does" ... TRUE, but it's much better to say 'anyone should think (period!) before blindly supporting what ANYONE does. Whether you're GOP/Dem, black/white, male/female, our higher selves call us to use our God given intellect to make sound, fair and intelligent choices ... and to not subjugate that to mere labels

    December 3, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  18. Richard

    Nothing like this on planet Earth? Has he forgotten Nelson Mandela being elected President of South Africa? That was historic in itself since South Africa had just ended apartied. Wake up Oprah, while this was a great moment for America, other countries did first. I voted for President-elect Obama, and think he will do a great job helping restore America to it's greatness.

    December 3, 2008 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. ray

    to Geri,

    its funny how u think Oprah doesnt give to the poor. I guess you havent been living in america or u just chose to ignore the facts. where were you when her angel's network built houses in new orleans, or and donates to schools and poor families? i guess u just choose not to consider that eh . think twice before you speak and maybe u will seem less ignorant

    Thanks and God Bless America

    December 3, 2008 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  20. SLA

    "There's never been a night like this on planet earth...nothing can compare to this"...really? Not a single event in the history of mankind can compare to this event...really? Can I just say that is a BIT of an overstatement! Just because someone is successful doesn't mean EVERYTHING they say is true...use discretion people.

    December 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  21. James, Ho. TX

    It appears Oprah contnues to wet her Pants!

    December 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  22. Yes, yes, yes!

    I'm not mad at ya sista girl, do your thing! Can I get a ticket?
    I agree too, with her comment of how there's no other night like
    the night when he won the election. God is too good!

    December 3, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  23. Karen Dunlap

    Oprah you are a so over the top with the way this world is today – spending oney like this for the average American is impossible – get a life instead of hanging onto Obama like a leech –

    December 3, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  24. ray

    to JB

    lol wow quite interesting. What others right is left for women to have? HRC being president would not change a thing about women status in america and no one ever said obama doesnt support women rights. Oprah has done and would do more good to women in america than hillary ever would or could if she ever became president. What effect did she have on women's right as a first lady eh? give me one example. besides, oprah is not the only intelligent womam who chose obama over hillary so get over it and stop dividing this great country.

    December 3, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  25. deb

    Jeez, what a bunch of racists on this board! Why can't any of you "white" folk (by the way, I'm a 56 year old white woman) see how Oprah and millions of other African Americans are excited, to say the least, about this , yes, "historic" event!?? When Barack Obama and his lovely family walked out on that stage after the election I truly had goose bumps and was really proud to be an American! I can only imagine how African Americans must have felt. I will never forget that moment because it was truly heartwarming and wonderful. What is wrong with you people?? Quit hating for no reason! It's pathetic. Oprah has done so much good. Why can't she wallow in this for awhile??? This is a happy occasion.

    December 3, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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