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Oprah Backs Obama -- Will It Help or Hurt?

11/27/2007 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

She has more power over women than George Clooney, has sold more books than Barnes and Noble -- and now Oprah Winfrey is throwing every ounce of her spectacularly influential and fluctuating weight behind Barack Obama.
Obama and Oprah
It marks the first time in her life that Oprah is breaking tradition and endorsing a candidate for president. But will support from Oprah improve Barack's chances?

Star support in politics isn't all that it seems -- remember Al Gore? Just about every star in Hollywood backed Al -- and all it got him was an Oscar, a Nobel Peace Prize and a role on "30 Rock" -- but no work in the Oval Office.

Should Barack tell Oprah "Thanks, but no thanks!" or should he be as thrilled as one of her "Favorite Things" audience members?

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Chris Zittritsch    

I would ask one thing of you Oprah,and that is to see it for what it really is.He lacks the one thing you need in politics,Experience.I'm all for change and trying something new but not at the expense of the people.I'll mention just one name.Kwuame Kilpatrick.Mayor of Detroit.I realize that people make mistakes but he's made more than enoughOur city is in financial ruins.Probably not just by him but you see my point.2 wrongs don't make a right and until Mr Obama proves himself as a justworthy politician we can only assume more of the same.Money,power and ego changes people and 10 times out of 10 it's for the worst.

2368 days ago
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Amanda    

Ok everyone is siding on the democratic side because of Bush have you read Huckabees and a few other views on TAXES? HE and a few other candidates want to get rid of the IRS!!! Its on the table right now and Obama, Clinton, and many other democrats are AGAINST relieving the American's of INCOME TAX...Read the issues people WHO CARES the color or thier skin or if they are female. I don't want a President who wants to be there to the be the first WHATEVER! I want the one who wants to change AMERICA!!!

2395 days ago
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Not a sheep.    

Oprah's viewers will do what ever she says. They are her sheep. Baaaaaaaaaa little sheep with no opinions of your own Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

2437 days ago
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Ted    

Did you think she wasnt going to endorse a Black canidate. The black vote will come out in force for him just because hes black.

2437 days ago
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mg    

Honestly, why do these ultra rich celebrities think we can relate to them? I'm quite certain billionaire Oprah can't relate to the fact that we'll be strapped if Obama or Hillary ups are taxes to pay for all these socialized programs they want.

2437 days ago
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mg    

Oprah only sees color! She is a bigot.

2437 days ago
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m    

Hahah the comments are great!! I couldn't have written them better myself! (Especially the one about the blacks endorsing a black candidate)

2437 days ago
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richards    

You Go Girl ????

2437 days ago
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Logan    

She needs to keep her nose out of politics





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2437 days ago
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aimee    

Is it because he is the stronger and better candidate or because he is black??

2437 days ago
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Bluej    

Surprise surprise she's backing up the black candidate

2437 days ago
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Thats One Ugly Skanky Hoe    

Here is something to think about. I dont know exactly how many blacks are registered and eligible to vote in each state but if all of the black, eligible voters voted for Obama in every state, there is a good chance he would win all of the electorial votes in those states. About 1/2 of the entire ligible voting population of the USA actually votes and there are about 14 million or so Americans that are ineligible to vote due to being unregistered and/or convicted felons.

Oprah should have been asking that all blacks go register to vote before the acutal election and then ask them to go out and vote. Obama may actually be able to pull it off based on just the registered black women voters.

I am not gonna vote for him but almost anyone (except Dog The Bounty Hunter) would be better than what we have now.
Even Britney Spears..........Ding Dang Yall I'm The President
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2437 days ago
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VAN-HALEN ROCKS    

OPRAH GOES ALL THE WAY TO AFRICA TO HELP FAMILIES(GOOD) BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NATIVE AMERICANS(INDIAN TRIBES) IT REALLY MAKES ME WONDER IF SHE REALLY IS A RACIST....

2437 days ago
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MH    

Sorry but the black vote doesn't make a dent in any election. Since only 12% of the population of which only 8% are voting age are black, it's never going to make a difference Sorry Oprah but this isn't a movie it's the real world.

2437 days ago
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Jo Jo    

With the judgment calls and homework she's forgotten to do over the last few years, I would be surprised if anyone would change their political stance over her decision.

2437 days ago
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