Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Reuters: Oprah tries to give Obama a lift with black voters
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Oprah and Obama tour hit South Carolina Sunday, with the talk show host and medial mogul exhorting nearly 30,000 to ignore Barack Obama's detractors and help him capture the Democratic nomination and the presidency.
"South Carolina—January 26th is your moment," Winfrey said, referring to the state Democratic primary date during a campaign stop alongside the Illinois senator. "It's your time to seize the opportunity to support a man who, as the Bible says, loves mercy and does justly."
Obama's campaign said more than 29,000 attended the event at the University of South Carolina's football stadium. It had the feel of a rock concert, with bands playing for early arrivals and campaign supporters yelling "fire it up" to the crowd.
Winfrey, who also campaigned for Obama on Saturday in Iowa, offered a touch of talk show-like advice during a 17-minute speech. "There are those who say it's not his time, that he should wait his turn. Think about where you'd be in your life if you'd waited when people told you to," she said.
"I'm sick of politics as usual," Winfrey said. "We need Barack Obama."
A recent AP-Pew Research poll has New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton leading in South Carolina with 45 percent of likely Democratic primary voters, followed by Obama's 31 percent. The two candidates break even on the black vote here, and that's where Winfrey's appeal could become a factor—along with her pull among women.
Obama, during his address, criticized the Bush administration and took several veiled swipes at Clinton, though never referenced his rival by name.
"I'm tired of Democrats thinking the only way to look tough on national security is to act like George Bush," he said. "We need a bold Democratic Party that's going to stand for something, not just posture and pose."
She is the most popular Black female in America if you believe the Nielson ratings where she is #4 nationally.
Formidable force among the stay at home female voter crowd, not to mention the Black vote.
I don't believe there is any reason NOT to elect Obama, experience was not a decisive factor in the 2000 election otherwise the chimp would have been ridden out of town on a rail for the screwed up job he did as Governor of Texas, in his case experience did not mean anything rather 'hanging chads' and political dirty tricks shoehorned that worthless sot into office.
Obama, Edwards, Dodd, the three best choices for the future of our country.
If the election gets canceled and the fascists seize control there will be hell to pay.