On Wednesday, the Washington Post published a piece about Oprah Winfrey taking a larger role in Barack Obama's presidential campaign. I read the piece yesterday, and by this morning, there's links to it all over the blogs and news sites I frequent.
A larger role by Oprah could be huge - a possible deciding factor in who gets the Democratic nomination. I've been saying that to friends for months, and I'm hoping she ends up playing a major role - campaigning, advocating for him on her show, in her magazine, and so on. She is the most prominent cultural influence wielder of modern times, and her fans respect her opinion immensely. And she thinks Obama has great potential to set this country right as president. On Saturday, she's hosting a political fundraiser for him - the first time she has ever done that. From the article:
If it wasn't clear to her loyalists how big a step it was for her to offer up this mansion for a fundraiser, she hammered that point in her chat with King.
"To offer it, you're right," Winfrey said, "it's no small thing for me. . . . I'm really not a political person. I believe that he offers a fresh opportunity of hope for America. So that's why I'm in it. I probably won't ever be in it again."
Remember that Oprah episode where she gave away cars to all the women in the audience? Even if you don't watch her show, you may have seen a clip on the Internets. At the end of the show, she's pointing at different people in the audience: "You get a car! You get a car! You get a car!" The audience goes absolutely crazy. I'm hoping we see the equivalent of "you get a great president! you get a great president! you get a great president!" from her, and it has the kind of influence her book club did. Yes, one is selling a product, the other is promoting a presidential candidate. But c'mon. It's Oprah!