Oprah Needs To Hit The Campaign Trail
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Beating Hillary Clinton May Take Act of God -- or Oprah TheStreet.com At summer's end, Clinton is several lengths ahead of her Democratic peers, Obama seems stuck in second place ... she has millions of loyal viewers in an important demographic -- women in their 20s to 50s -- a demographic that's crucial for Clinton. Her support could propel Obama. George W. Bush got the Oprah boost in 2000 to after appearing on her show -- a bounce of about 12 points in national polls. ....... Al Gore .... He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Price, which will be announced on Oct. 12
If Oprah really wants to help Barack Obama, a fundraiser is not going to cut it. She has to hit the campaign trail. She has to crisscross the country. She has to travel the South.
It is time for the blacks and Hispanics in America to stop acting like it is not a big deal that Barack is about to become President Of The United States. If the black community misses this chance, it might be decades before another opportunity knocks on the door. The time is now.
Hillary Clinton becoming president breaks the glass ceiling. Barack Obama becoming president breaks the concrete ceiling.
After Oprah hits the trail, Hillary's double digit national leads turn into single digit ones. That is the power of Oprah, to be unleashed.
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Oprah Winfrey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history ..... the richest African American of the 20th century .... the most philanthropic African American of all time, and the world's only black billionaire for three straight years ..... the most influential woman in the world .... parents were unmarried teenagers ..... spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her grandmother ..... At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner city ghetto in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother ...... was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine ...... Like many teenagers at the end of the 1960s, Winfrey rebelled, ran away from home and ran the streets. When she was 14, she became pregnant, but lost the baby shortly after birth. ...... placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation .... At age 18, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. ..... the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville's WLAC-TV. ....... What she lacks in journalistic toughness, she makes up for in plainspoken curiosity, robust humor and, above all empathy. ...... talk show as a group therapy session ..... a fond but realistic assessment of her own cultural and religious roots ...... In 1993 Winfrey hosted a rare prime-time interview with Michael Jackson which became the fourth most watched event in American television history as well as the most watched interview ever, with an audience of one hundred million. ....... Winfrey co-founded the women's cable television network Oxygen. ...... Winfrey experienced a 24-hour simulation of the experience of slavery, which included being tied up and blindfolded and left alone in the woods. ...... at the announcement of her future weight loss book (to be co-authored with her personal trainer Bob Greene), it was said that her undisclosed advance fee had broken the record for the world's highest book advance fee, previously held by former U.S. President Bill Clinton for his autobiography My Life ....... In 2002 Fortune called O, the Oprah Magazine the most successful start-up ever in the industry ...... Oprah.com averages more than 68 million page views, more than four million users per month, and receives approximately 20,000 e-mails each week ...... Winfrey initiated “Oprah’s Child Predator Watch List,” through her show and website, to help track down accused child molesters. Within the first 48 hours, two of the featured men were captured. ...... a $55 million, three-year contract with XM Satellite Radio ..... her 42 acre (170,000 m²) ocean and mountain view estate ..... Winfrey was at a party the previous owners were throwing and fell so in love with the estate that she was reported to have purchased it by writing a personal check for $50,000,000 USD, although it was not for sale. ....... Winfrey and her partner Stedman Graham have been together for over 20 years. ..... I never had children, never even thought I would have children. ..... Winfrey, who will teach a class at the school via satellite, plans to spend much of her retirement in a house she is building on the campus where she plans to use the same dishes, sheets, and curtains that the students do. ...... Oprah told Lisa Marie that her grandmother's last name was also Presley .... Her genetic make up was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African. She is part Native American (about 8% according to the test) and East Asian (about 3% according to the test). ....... Prior to meeting Graham, Winfrey's love life was a lot less stable. A self-described promiscuous teen who was a victim of sexual abuse ...... In 1995 Winfrey herself confessed to drug use. ..... I did things in my 20s that I was ashamed of, I did things I felt guilty about ....... “I always felt that the drug itself is not the problem but that I was addicted to the man.” ....... Otey recalled. “She told me she was breaking up with me because she didn't have time for a relationship. We both sat there and cried. ..... Winfrey's promiscuous and rebellious past ..... That man was the most fun romance I ever had ..... I'd had a relationship with a man for four years. I wasn't living with him. I'd never lived with anyone—and I thought I was worthless without him. The more he rejected me, the more I wanted him. I felt depleted, powerless. At the end I was down on the floor on my knees groveling and pleading with him ....... on September 8, 1981, she wrote a suicide note to best friend Gayle King instructing King to water her plants ....... such emotional ups and downs gradually led to a weight problem ....... I needed everyone to like me, because I didn't like myself much. So I'd end up with these cruel self-absorbed guys who'd tell me how selfish I was, and I'd say “Oh thank you, you're so right” and be grateful to them. ....... “I've told nearly everything there is to tell. All my stuff is out there. People think I'd be so ashamed of being gay that I wouldn't admit it? Oh, please.” ...... Born in rural poverty, then raised by a mother on welfare in the ghetto, Winfrey became a millionaire at age 32 when her talk show went national. ..... By 1994 the show's ratings were still thriving and Winfrey negotiated a contract that earned her nine figures a year. ..... the first black woman billionaire in world history ...... Winfrey is worth over $1.5 billion, as of September, 2006 ..... has overtaken Ebay CEO Meg Whitman as the richest self-made woman in America ...... In July of 2007, it was reported that Winfrey was the highest paid TV entertainer in the United States during the past year. She earned an estimated $260 million during the year. ....... one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century, as well as one of the 100 most influential people of 2004, 2005, 2006, and again in 2007. ....... the only person in the world to have made all five lists. ..... both the most influential woman and the most influential black person of her generation ..... "America's most powerful woman" .... In 2003 Winfrey edged out both Superman and Elvis Presley to be named the greatest pop culture icon of all time by VH1. ...... the world's most powerful celebrity in both 2005 and 2007 ...... She is the top alpha female in this country. She has more credibility than the president. Other successful women, such as Hillary Clinton and Martha Stewart, had to be publicly slapped down before they could move forward. Even Condi has had to play the protegé with Bush. None of this happened to Oprah — she is a straight ahead success story. ...... Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope. ...... the most powerful woman in the world .... anybody who goes on her program immediately benefits through the roof. ..... As a woman, she has wielded an unprecedented amount of influence over the American culture and psyche…There has been no other person in the 20th century whose convictions and values have impacted the American public in such a significant way. ...... she has the power to cause enormous market swings and radical price changes with a single comment. ..... In 2005 Winfrey was named the greatest woman in American history as part of a public poll as part of The Greatest American. She was ranked #9 overall on the list of greatest Americans. ...... 49 million U.S. viewers see her talk show weekly ...... airs in 117 countries ..... the warmth, intimacy and personal confession ...... in the 1980s where for the entire hour, members of the studio audience stood up one by one, gave their name and announced that they were gay. Also in the 1980s Winfrey took her show to West Virginia to confront a town gripped by AIDS paranoia because a gay man living in the town had HIV. ........ "You know what I'm tired of", replied Winfrey, "heterosexual males raping and sodomizing young girls. That's what I'm tired of." ...... early 21st century gays coming out of the closet younger and younger and gay suicide rates plummeting ....... Winfrey's "therapeutic" hosting style ...... public confession as a form of therapy ..... "Today, no truly epochal moment in the history of the Republic occurs unless it is validated by her presence. ....... By confessing intimate details about her weight problems, tumultuous love life, and sexual abuse, and crying alongside her guests, Time magazine credits Winfrey with creating a new form of media communication known as "rapport talk" as distinguished from the "report talk" ....... "Oprahfication" of politics by noting "Oprah-style debates" and Bill Clinton's empathetic speaking style ....... the man who brought Oprah-style psychobabble and misty confessions to politics ....... Winfrey made fat sexy, elegant — damned near gorgeous - with her drop-dead wardrobe, easy body language, and cheerful sensuality ..... Being recognized by Winfrey often means a million additional book sales for an author. ..... Oprah's Book Club is so influential that, when she selected his memoir Night in 2006, just a few months later Time magazine named author Elie Wiesel as one of the 100 most influential people on the planet. ........ more than 22 million mostly female viewers, she has become a postmodern priestess—an icon of church-free spirituality ...... a thousand years from now, a religion known as "Oprahism" exists. ..... audience is 75% female ..... "What would Oprah do?" ..... MBC 4, an Arab satellite channel, centered its entire programming around reruns of her show because it was drawing record numbers of female viewers in Saudi Arabia ...... In 2006, Nathanial S. Trotter, a man from Denver, started a campaign to make Oprah, Queen of America. .... behind the scenes Winfrey personally donates more of her own money to charity than any other show-business celebrity in America ...... In 2005 she became the first black person listed by Business Week as one of America's top 50 most generous philanthropists, having given an estimated $303 million ..... put 250 African-American men through college ...... took her staff and their families (1065 people in total) on vacation to Hawaii in the summer of 2006 ..... Winfrey invested $40 million and much of her time establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg in South Africa. ...... I once did a show titled Is War the Only Answer? In the history of my career, I've never received more hate mail-like 'Go back to Africa' hate mail. I was accused of being un-American for even raising the question." ........ A February 2003 series Winfrey did in which she showed clips from people all over the world asking America not to go to war was interrupted in several east coast markets by network broadcasts of a press conference in which President George W. Bush, joined by Colin Powell, summarized the case for war. An article in Buzzflash.com argued that the press conference was a deliberate attempt to stop Winfrey’s show from airing. ...... “I know the difference between a store that is closed and a store that is closed to me,” explained Winfrey. ...... On December 1, 2005, Winfrey appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman .... helped Letterman attract his largest audience in more than 11 years: 13.45 million viewers ....... Winfrey responded by saying that she's opposed to rap lyrics that "marginalize women" ...... Winfrey insists that beautiful surroundings will inspire greatness in the future leaders of Africa ...... "It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you — always."
Oprah Winfrey - TIME In South Africa, the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls will educate a new generation of women leaders.
Oprah's Cut with Barack Obama his 16-hour workday ..... "I don't consider myself political and I seldom interview politicians. So when I decided to talk with you [Barack], people around me were like, 'What's happened to you?' I said, 'I think this is beyond and above politics.' It feels like something new." — Oprah .... Listen in.
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Fund-Raising: Oprah's Obama Blowout Newsweek The most powerful woman in show business is about to do Barack Obama a big favor. ..... Winfrey will throw the flashiest fund-raiser of the 2008 cycle when she welcomes about 1,500 guests to her Montecito, Calif., home .... at $2,300 each .... Will Smith, John Travolta, Jamie Foxx and Halle Berry .... Stevie Wonder ... BeBe Winans ... Oprah bonded with the Illinois senator in 2005 when the pair flew from Chicago to Houston together to visit Hurricane Katrina refugees. "I think Oprah got to see the genuine side of Obama ... and was just blown away" ..... Younger actors and executives in black Hollywood tend to support Obama; older figures support Hillary Clinton. ...... "Are you kidding?" says actress Holly Robinson Peete. "If she invites you somewhere, you go."
Obama Draws Clinton Contrast Washington Post he would be in a better position to actually enact universal health care ..... "We will convene an open process which the American people will be watching" ..... "What the president can do is shine a spotlight on the process and (involve) the American people and keep the pressure on and that is something that didn't happen. In many ways it didn't happen in '93." ..... "It was a closed process and not everybody understood what was taking place, so when the insurance companies and the drug companies started running those 'Harry and Louise' ads, nobody really knew what was what. That's why the American people have to be involved."
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The Clinton Spouse on Tour New York Times “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World” ...... Tucked within his answers was a veiled swipe at Senator Barack Obama ..... one of the reasons that I was effective as president when I came in is that I was the senior governor in America ..... they often use (Vice) President Cheney and Rumsfeld and they say, “Well, if experience counted” — you know, they say this to Democratic audiences, but that’s like saying that because all malpractice is committed by doctors, the next time you need surgery you should go to an auto mechanic or someone else. ........ I think she’ll have a more difficult time winning the primary. ...... when I was nominated — on June the 2nd, 1992, I was running third in the polls. Six weeks later I was first and never lost the lead. ...... she’s ahead in many states that Senator Kerry and Vice President Gore lost ...... When they asked the people in Iowa, “Who do you like?” she ranked fourth out of four candidates. ........ for 15 years, has been regularly hit by the swiftboat tactics of the Republicans ........ something they’ve been preconditioned to think about by 17, 16 years of attacks ..... she carried 58 of the 62 counties, 36 of the 40 counties President Bush carried in 2004, with 60 percent of the vote. .... a personal matter, a challenge for Senator Craig and his family
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Oprah's Couch For Obama Only Washington Post she'll raise $3 million for him when she holds a fundraiser at her California estate on Saturday. ..... she'll be wading into the political world as never before ...... This year, she says, Obama will be the lone presidential candidate to grace her studio. "If everybody knows I'm for Barack it would be really disingenuous of me to be sitting up there interviewing other people as though... pretending to be objective. So I won't be doing anybody because of that, on my show."
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Clinton vs. Obama, A Difference With a Distinction? Washington Post a remarkable amount of convergence between Clinton and Obama. Whole paragraphs from Obama's could be inserted into Clinton's -- and vice versa -- without jarring interruption. ....... Clinton on Sunday accused the administration of putting "cronyism above competence," while Obama on Monday called the administration's record "triumph of...cronyism over competence." ....... a debate -- and a choice -- that will rapidly intensify. ...... "From my time in the White House and in the Senate, I have learned that you bring change by working in the system established in our Constitution," she said. "You cannot pretend that the system doesn't exist." ....... the hard work of developing consensus, building coalitions and passing legislation ...... His fundraising, his crowds and the enthusiasm of his supporters shows the potential for a candidate preaching change and reconciliation ...... his work as a community organizer, state senator, constitutional law professor and a boyhood spent in part overseas
Obama Tones Foreign-Policy Muscle Wall Street Journal the burgeoning brain trust -- now over 150 advisers and counting -- to help flesh out an almost wonkishly detailed set of statements, on the Iraq war, on Iran, U.S. counterterrorism strategy, the future of the U.S. military, even Cuba. Coming up next, his advisers say, will be more on China, U.S. energy security, the plight of Iraqi refugees, and how much to reduce the U.S. nuclear stockpile. ...... the makeup of Mr. Obama's team -- heavy on onetime aides to President Clinton ...... Obama has racked up a slew of converts from the Clinton camp, especially among a younger crowd of ex-Clintonites who say they want a fresher approach to new challenges than those offered by Mrs. Clinton. Many of these advisers, like Mr. Obama himself, are in their 40s. ...... "a generational tussle within the Democratic Party." ...... the big difference between the two is mainly in style and tone. ..... Mrs. Clinton considers her foreign views largely set -- one reason why she has such a small squad of advisers. ...... While Mrs. Clinton's team emphasizes tactical edge over sweeping solutions, Mr. Obama's camp is consciously in search of big concepts and grand strategies. ...... the U.S. needs to engage in a sweeping reassessment of its stance in the world -- "a grand strategy" ...... Mr. Obama's eagerness to lay out a comprehensive foreign policy -- unusual for a candidate at this stage in a campaign -- has made him in some ways the prime mover in the Democratic debates. ........ the Clinton campaign struggled for months to land a chief foreign-policy coordinator. Lee Feinstein, a former Albright adviser who originally flirted with the Obama camp, signed on with Sen. Clinton in late July.
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