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Oprah Unleashes Her Support For Barack Obama on Her Show

Oprah Winfrey opened her post-election special wearing a "Hope Won" shirt, screaming into the camera, and waving her American flag. Exuberant and proud, she told viewers who supported John McCain that while she understands their disappointment, they should know that if Obama did not win, she would have been in the hospital. Although she made an exception to make her presidential choice public this year, Oprah did not use her hit show as a political platform. Now that the election is over, are you excited to see politics make a comeback on Oprah's show? Do you think she made the right choice?


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Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
True Jessie. this is just the "relationship" I prefer to have with them is all.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Except that a celebrity isn't just a celebrity there for you entertainment Kimpossible, they are people. I wouldn't want to be silenced if I were to become a celebrity.
HeatherStJoeMI HeatherStJoeMI 8 years
People voted in this country like we do every four years. The majority rules. Or as long as I've lived here, this is how its worked. Oprah was REALLY EXCITED. So she's sharing her views with the world, you have a couple options. You can watch the show or turn it. Considering I was in the majority, I watched it. And no I don't think she was alienating anyone to the person who feels she was.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
its tiiiime for the oprah hook uuuuuuuuup! (love madtv)
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Can't. Stand. Her. And it has nothing to do with her political leanings.
liliblu liliblu 8 years
I just wanted to add that Oprah has voted for republicans in the past.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Sorry re-read my comment conservatives
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
See, I'm just the type that I don't want the celebrities that I like to be very public about their political beliefs. Even when they align with mine. The celebrities I like, I like for their entertainment value and how they can entertain me and take me away from real life, a temporary escape, so I'd just rather they not use their celebrity status to tout their political views. But then again I don't want them endorsing products either... just shut up, look pretty and make me laugh is basically what I want from celebrities ;-)
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
so obviously she is a DEMOCRACT and will probably only support democrats, make sense now. I know if I had her celebrity status I'd be pulling for Hilary i'd probably be more active in my support where there was no reasonable doubt that I was supporting her, and then she lost to Obama and then use my show again to support him, and she has a big enough audience that it really wouldn't matter if she lost viewers, there are viewers all over this world not just the U.S., I'm sure some conservators will come around when she starts giving away cars. :wink:
foxie foxie 8 years
Well that's all I was getting at I guess, so forget all the other stuff. =D
piper23 piper23 8 years
"And I'm still pretty sure she didn't have Obama on at all after he announced his candidacy." She didn't. As I stated before a bunch of posts ago. And no, she isn't telling us that we were wrong to vote McCain, just that a win for McCain would have put her in the hospital. That doesn't really alienate me but it does make me worry about her health. Me being an Oprah fan and all.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I can definitely agree with that statement in and of itself.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
Ok as an Obama and Oprah supporter she did use her show to support Obama not technically saying I'm voting for him, but everything was blue leading up to election day she had certain Obama supporters on her show that people knew were supporting him, she showed up to some of his campaigns, and the list goes on, but its her show her right, btw she supported Bill Clinton too not as much as Obama but its was pretty up there she also supported Hilary before Obama announced his running.
foxie foxie 8 years
That's not what I mean, but I'm sure she's lost a portion of her viewership following her enthusiastic endorsement and campaigning. She'll probably keep losing viewers as people feel like they don't belong in her target audience for more and more politically themed episodes. I know that I used to love, love, love Perez Hilton, but I stopped going there as his priorities turned more political and alienating. I don't watch Oprah, but I think it'd be naive to assume that no portion of her viewership feels similarly. Anyways, why are you arguing why people would or would not keep watching? It doesn't invalidate my point that she should feel free to proclaim whatever political beliefs she wants, but that she should expect viewers to stop tuning in. Do you not agree with that statement in and of itself?
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
I highly doubt she is going to turn every single show into an Obama party, that can't be what you mean.
foxie foxie 8 years
Not many McCain supporters want to tune in to a virtual Obama party, obviously.
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
ummmm oooookkkkk, thanks for correcting me,I guess? If you think that Oprah was unfair and didn't give equal time I was letting you know you have an outlet to voice your complaint. And I'm still pretty sure she didn't have Obama on at all after he announced his candidacy. And I kind of doubt that Oprah is alienating half her audience by talking about the future of this country. The vote already happened, she isn't telling those that voted for John McCain he was wrong. What do people have to be alienated about?
piper23 piper23 8 years
The FCC didn't say she gave equal time, you did. Which is why I corrected you not the FCC.
foxie foxie 8 years
Oprah can say however she likes... but she shouldn't be surprised when her ratings drop because she alienates a large portion of her viewer audience.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
The ladies on the VIEW talk politics all the time -- what's the difference??
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
I saw the episode BEFORE Obama announced he was throwing his hat in the ring! After that -- she didn't have him on her show. Oprah is a private citizen too -- she can support whom ever she pleases. And lastly -- Oprah rocks!!
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
'mydiadem, I record Oprah everyday and I can tell you for a fact that she did not give equal time to all of the candidates. She had Obama on twice before she endorsed him. ' 1) if you really think that she didn't give equal time then you can take it up with the FCC. 2) she had Obama on twice yes but I'm pretty sure it was before he decided he was going to run. After he did decide and she endorsed him she didn't discuss politics pretty much at all since. 'We must move on now..i am watching how he is going to tackle all the issues. This is now more important.' I agree, and I think Oprah can use her show as a medium to facilitate some kind of national dialogue on issues going forward. She does it for the puppy mills and the child predator laws, she can do it for our country's policies going forward.
bluesteyes bluesteyes 8 years
Clinton backs Obama..a hem. The point is what is the problem? He has won fair and square. People identify with him, educated young white americans identify with him more than the other party, more whites voted this time around than last time. Obama is the right man for this job according to many people. Anyway..whatever, I'm logging off now, say whatever, doesn't really bother me that much, i am sure others will stand up for Obama and Oprah anyway
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
I think it's fine that Oprah talks about politics on her show, it's not like she is a journalist, it's a talk show so she should be able to express her opinion. That's what she does everyday anyway for a living. The whole hospital thing was just hyperbole. It's as if I were to say I would move to Canada if my candidate didn't win the election. Trust me, I wouldn't really move out of the country.
wren1 wren1 8 years
Many of us know how a certain monkey avatar came about. Maya Angelou backed Clinton fyi.
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